Brassocattleya Taiwan Big Lip ‘Ta-Hsin’ (2.5” pot near blooming size)
New! We don’t yet have our own photo of this one. The image with subtitle is from Ching Hua Orchids, in Taiwan, the originator of this orchid. The group photo was provided by our U.S. wholesale source for the plants. This new introduction has a rather unusual ancestry. The cross is C. bicalhoi x Bc. Tetradip. The former species is better known as Laelia dayana a true miniature from mossy forests in Southeast Brazil known for the striking purple lines that emanate from the throat of the flower. When the Brazilian Laelia species were moved to Cattleya in 2008 there were already two older hybrids that used the name Dayana, so to avoid confusion this new name was applied. The latter parent is a cross between Brassavola nodosa and Rlc. Bonanza, a famous large flowered lavender cattleya. The result is a very compact plant with dark green glossy foliage reminiscent of C. bicalhoi that bears large flowers for its size. We expect peak blooming will be in fall, with scattered blooms at other times as well. Already, these plants are filling their pots with two or three leads so they should grow into showy clumps over time. Given that the parent from Brazil prefers mild temperatures, we would advise to summer this orchid outside in warm climates with caution. Indoors, under lights or in a greenhouse with a controlled environment should present no issues. We expect to see the first flowers within 12 to 18 months. Note: Do not immediately repot your plant upon receipt. Step up only once new growth is hanging over the edge of the pot and beginning to produce new roots. Don’t overpot or you will likely delay flowering of your plant as they will bloom best when their root system is somewhat cramped. As the plants grow larger, pot into larger media that offers perfect drainage.
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