For a correct cultivation of the Chysis orchid plants it is advisable to keep them in a shady place, but slightly bright, avoiding direct sunlight at any time of the year, to avoid that the leaves may present dangerous burns.
These orchids fear the cold and the ideal minimum temperature is close to 13-15°C. In summer, if desired, they can be placed outdoors, in a shady and well ventilated place.
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From March to October, water abundantly and regularly, even daily during the hottest months of the year, letting the water drain from the container, and always avoiding water stagnation that are the cause of root rot that can lead to the death of the plant. When the leaves fall, suspend the watering, which will recover as soon as the plant shows to start again to produce new shoots.
During the vegetative period it is good to vaporize the plant often with water, preferably not calcareous, and provide specific fertilizer for orchids every 15-20 days.
Chysis orchids are grown in epiphytic plant soil, consisting of bark fragments mixed with granules of perlite, pumice stone and pieces of coal or sphagnum. These plants tend to have an elongated, arched or prostrate development, which makes them very suitable for cultivation on large pieces of bark or in hanging baskets.
It is good to remember that the plants mounted on bark need more regular and abundant watering than the other plants, with a vaporization of the roots and the support, to maintain the correct degree of humidity, necessary for the well-being of the orchids.
The multiplication takes place by division of the heads of pseudobulbs; the practised portions must have at least a couple of well developed roots, in order to guarantee their rooting. They must be placed in a substrate suitable for adult orchids, composed of pieces of bark and sphagnum, mixed with perlite or charcoal, in such a way as to have a light and draining support.
Chysis: Pests and diseases
Orchids can be attacked by cochineals and mites; a cultivation in stagnant water conditions can favour the development of radical rottenness. To eliminate parasites use a cloth with alcohol to be passed on the leaves or, in case of widespread attack, use specific products, taking care to spread them sollo on the leaves.