× Brassocattleya Heatonensis gx
An evergreen, medium-sized, epiphytic orchid with elongated, upright, cane-like stems growing from a short rhizome. Each stem-pseudobulb is broader in the central part and narrower at the base, up to 40cm long, carrying a single, firm, leathery leaf. Large, showy flowers emerge on terminal stems, arising from the new mature growth from autumn to spring. Each flower measures up to 20cm across. The colour varies according to cultivar; from white and pale pink to bright magenta and yellow.
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureWell–drained, Moist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
- Full sun
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming, Columnar upright
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in an open, coarse bark-based orchid mix with addition of perlite and coconut chips. Provide bright light conditions, but shade from hot, direct mid-day sun. Ideal temperatures are 15°C minimum in winter and up to maximum 28 °C during summer day. Water and feed plants regularly during the growing season. Ensure that all water drains away, preventing the plant sitting too wet. Provide enough humidity by regular misting. Reduce watering and feeding in winter months and keep in a bright, sunny position. As with many orchids, they grow best when well-established and slightly pot-bound. Re-potting should be only done if the plant overgrows its container or before the potting mix starts to deteriorate - approximately once in 2-3 years. The plant should only be re-potted when the new growth appears in spring. See also indoor orchid cultivation.
Mature plants may be divided when the plant overgrows its container. Each division should have at least 3 older growths with a sufficient amount of stored energy and water, to support new growth and reduce stress after repotting.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Conservatory and greenhouse
No pruning required.
Generally disease-free. Poor air movement may cause bacterial or fungal rots. Good hygiene practice and sterilising cutting tools prevent the spread of virus diseases.
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