Chysis bractescens

I potted this semi-hydro ( glass pot, clay pellets, about an inch of water well below the root level ) I’ve had fantastic luck with the other orchids potted this way.

These should not dry completely out, but let them get drier and cooler in the winter or they won’t bloom in the spring. Like all orchids they need a good dose of fertilizer each watering.

No direct sunlight, keep above 60’F

Fragrant at night, spring bloomer with fat canes, self fertilizing, typically grown in a basket. When well cared for can reach 2′ in height.

The leaves should get much longer as it grows 15″-16″ in length, the flower stem to about half that length. The flowers grow from the base of the plant, the leaves near the top of the canes. Older leaves drop off over the winter, sometimes only the roots survive the winter.

Blooms every spring, a few cold nights are needed to get it going. Newest bud, not yet open, appeared the first week of March.

Central American native first described in 1840. Popular Victorian orchid, I’m seeing it listed for sale more often.

It is currently a protected species. Grows on trees in wet, thick, forest or on rocks ~ 350′-2000′.

Introduced to growers in 1840 by George Baker

Chrysis is Greek for melting. The flowers self fertilize and tend to melt into a clump after blooming