Specific additional cultural information
Philip C. Tomlinson       © 1998

For basic cultural information, refer to the Cattleya Culture page.  Seasonal cultural information  is also included with that data.    The following page details specific cultural pointers for the genus BRASSAVOLA, and should be read with the basic information presented elsewhere.


For a discussion of the general cultural requirements for brassavola, refer to the discussion on cattleyas. Those notes indicate the seasonal culture applicable to these plants. The following is intended to supplement those general notes with specific requirements for brassavola.

The genus Brassavola, closely allied to Laelia,  and contains a few striking and fragrant flowers.

The plant known for many years as Brassavola digbyana has in recent years been transferred to its own genus, as Rhyncholaelia digbyana, although was considered for many years  a member of one section of the Genus Brassavola.  Non many species of this group are in common cultivation,  Brassavola digbyana with its striking frilled lip is widely cultivated, with Brassavola nodosa less often seen, although well worth culltivating.  

Both plants are naturally exposed to dry conditions, and their growth habit and structure will confirm this fact.  For a description of the habitat refer to the Habitat desert page  for specific habitat information.

The plants require intermediate conditions.  They require full sun in winter with only misting of the plants;  watering generally must be restricted, with increasing humidity in spring and summer.  It is important that very free drainage be provided, and often slab mounting will be the preferred method of culture. 

The plants are moth pollinated, producing pale coloured flowers which are striking, and produce delightful fragrance in the early evening.


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