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Brassia Rex 'Tahoma' (My Big Investment)

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    Default Brassia Rex 'Tahoma' (My Big Investment)

    Hi everyone,
    I have made a big investment (for one of my earning power) and spent a pretty penny or two on what is hands down the most awesome orchid I've ever owned. It is a Brassia Rex 'Tahoma' and it's enormous. The blooms, from tip to toe, are easily ten to twelve inches in length. There's one open so far, another to open tonight and eight more on their way. The unopened blooms are fabulous as they look like perfect little peppers on a vine. I'm attaching a few shots of her, but please forgive the quality of the pictures. I was losing light fast, so they came out dark. I'll try to get better pics tomorrow. So, do any of you have this orchid or something close to it? I'd love any advice you could give me on how to take care of this girl, as I have to keep her alive to justify the cost if nothing else. What kind of light do you think is appropriate? Right now I have it in fairly bright light, but not direct sunlight. How about watering? Let me know what you think, and as always, thanks for the advice.
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    Hi
    The flowers are spectacular aren't they.

    For this plant and all Brassia's in general keep them bright,warm and moist.

    I have inculed a link that may help .


    http://www.angelfire.com/or3/orchids...s/scframe.html





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    I have a bras. Rex 'Sakata' that seems very happy with me. It grows in an east window supplemented by flourescent lighting. It likes to be watered well, with fairly good draining media, but does not like to dry out. Most Brassias do not like being repotted. They sulk alot like Catts, so they should be allowed to stay in a pot as long as possible, unless the potting media is so broken down that it is rotting. you can google brassia culture. and find several different sites with different opinions... Think very bright light without direct sun, and water kind of like a Phal..

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    Aren't Brassias fun to watch! Mine is in spike and it's always a thrill when it opens! Little men doing jumping jacks!

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    As far as repotting goes, when is a good time to repot my Brassia? Of course, not while it is blooming, but the one I just bought has roots wrapped around the plastic pot and they are coming out the top. Then there are four or five "fly away" roots that are growing out into the air. The root system looks very healthy, but also very cramped. Is this how they like it? Should I leave it be or should I repot once the blooming cycle has finished? I'll attach a pic or two of the roots, and maybe one more of the blooms since I'm such a lush over this plant.
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    hi the repotting is done when the new growths are about 1-2 inches high,
    use a bark based mix like what it is already in.I like to repot these plants into
    a very shallow pot know as a bulb pot.Its about 1.5 inches high and is designed for putting flowering bulbs into and then being buried in the garden.
    The repotting is generally covered int this thread
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ead.php?t=4485


    BTW that plant you have would like more humidity.Those roots that are exposed have lost there green tips,as for producing the roots like it is that is very normal

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    Thanks Orchid Man. That's very helpful. I'd love to see a picture of the type of basket you speak of, if you have one.
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    Hi
    I was just out taking a pic of the type of pot and one of my brassias

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    thanks for the pics and thanks for your help. i know the exact kind of basket now. i'll try misting the roots for a little more humidity. i live in the mountains, so sometimes humidity is a problem. i found that especially to be true with my vanda.
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    I use a decorative ceramic orchid pot (the ones with all the fancy holes all over the sides) for my Brassia, and have it in sphag. It loves it and grows like a weed!

    Julie

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