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Brassada Spider Man

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    Brassada is Brassia x Ada - the two genera are so close that I am surprised they have not been merged . However it seems that has not (yet) occurred. The cross is between the species Ada aurantiaca and a Brassia hybrid - Spider's Feast. Put into my version of hydroponics when purchased at a Spring Show in 2011, when it proved to have rather disappointingly drab flowers, but now flowering on a much improved bulb ( ain't semi-hydro culture wonderful for oncidiums ! ) with a spike of 14 gorgeous flowers. The bottom flowers, open for a couple of days are 6 inch natural spread ; the bulb 5 inch. Might do better, when better established ? Not that I am complaining now.

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    Wow - I have mentioned my once-maligned and now-extolled Banfieldara Gilded Tower 'Thai Gold' (Ada x Brassia x Odontoglossum) on a couple other threads, but I'm astonished at the similarity with your Brassada. Mine was put in with some other plants by accident, resented, neglected, and somewhat abused, so she shows a little wear, but can you take a look and tell me what you can see for differences? Family members are accusing me of raising aliens - between this one and the paph I showed recently.
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    Very nice, Geoff!

    " my version of hydroponics"--what exactly is that again? I have a couple in semi-hydro, but not sure if we are talking the same thing...miy S/H pots have holes an inch or so from the bottom, and are filled with hydroton. When you water, a small reservoir of water remains at the bottom, supposedly to wick up...is that what you are talking about, or do you have a better technique?

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    I use ordinary pots, stood in a tray of water/nutrient -saves messing about drilling holes, also means ordinary cheap pots,and that there is a greater volume of water,( I can leave them for a week if I am away, without concern) also easy to change the lot - no risk of strong solution being trapped in the bottom, etc. I also use coarse Perlite rather than the larger hydroton, and this holds enough water so that when I dry a plant off for a winter rest - if its that sort of plant - it takes some weeks to dry out naturally. Likewise when i start to water again I first plunge the pot, drain, then stand it in a dry tray - not as wet as the later time when standing in a tray of water, good for encouraging a new root system to grow. Also the tray allows me to check and adjust pH and Ec and be sure that what is in the pot is exactly what I want.
    Just minor tweaks you might call them.

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    What a name! From the size of the bulb, you can tell it's a healthy plant. Congrats Geoff.

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    Thanks, Geoff...I think mine might like that method. Standing in trays of water...you mean with an inch or do of pot in the water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    Thanks, Geoff...I think mine might like that method. Standing in trays of water...you mean with an inch or do of pot in the water?
    Yes, about one inch is fine - could be down to half inch - but if you are away for a week in fine weather, half an inch can evaporate, or get so low as to be a bit strong ( the water evaporates, leaving the nutrient behind ) - hence, if you top up, use just water, or better throw the old away and replace with fresh.

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    Super--thanks!

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    Great tips - thanks, Kathi and Geoff!

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    The plant is now in the house as part of a display - with all flowers open . So I took another pic, having sneaked a black background in.



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