365 days of orchids – day 107 – Chysis bractescens

This species is native to warm seasonally dry forest in Central America from Mexico to Nicaragua from 800m to 1500m altitude where it experiences wet summers and dry winters. We replicate these conditions by growing the plant in Warm Americas in a basket that allows for its pendulous habit.

The new growths are lush and fast growing and we feed well when in growth to build up fat pseudobulbs. From the end of November onwards we reduce watering and it loses its leaves but it does not require a cool period. The flowers are produced from within the folds of the new growth as it emerges in April.



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