Brassia Shelob Tolkien (Spider Orchid)
Brassia Shelob Tolkien (Spider Orchid)
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Brassia Shelob Tolkien (Spider Orchid)

A striking and gorgeous orchid which makes an easy-care houseplant
  • Unusual and highly desirable houseplant that is rarely offered for sale.
  • The narrow-petaled blooms of this beautiful pot orchid are said to resemble a spider.
  • The spotted blooms hang delicately on each side.
  • Easy to grow and care for, the spider orchid just needs the occasional soak and an occasional feed.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot, plants will reach H70cm x W50cm.

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With its spiky maroon petals marked with yellow-brown spots and stripes and a paler, billowing lip, the Spider Orchid is an unusual and highly desirable houseplant that is rarely offered for sale.

The narrow-petaled blooms of this beautiful pot orchid are said to resemble a spider and with very good reason - they're designed to attract the spider wasp which is the plant's main pollinator, and this particular variety was even named after the giant spider in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkein.

The flower spikes themselves can grow to be quite long, and the spotted blooms hang delicately on each side making it a really eye-catching feature plant that will add an exotic touch to any room.

Easy to grow and care for, the spider orchid just needs the occasional soak in rainwater, a bright, warm position out of direct sunlight and the occasional feed - perfect if you haven't got time to mollycoddle your plants.

Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot, plants will reach H70cm x W50cm.

Note Decorative pot in images is for display purposes only and is not supplied.

What Is Supplied

Item 800174 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 12cm pot, plants will reach H70cm x W50cm.

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

If you want your blooms to last as long as possible, keep plants away from ripening fruit - the gas given off will accelerate the degredation of the flowers.

Care Information

Care of your Brassia Spider Orchid:

  • Place Orchids in a light spot, out of direct sunlight and away from artificial heat and drafts.
  • Pot orchids do not like wet feet, so water by immersing the plant once a week for 5 to 10 minutes in water at room temperature and letting it drain.
  • Where possible, use rainwater as it is low in dissolved minerals and water in the early part of the day so that the plant is drained well before evening and cooler temperatures.
  • Keep your orchid drier in the winter when it is dormant, watering only occasionally. Give the orchid more water again in the spring, once or twice a week.
  • Feed once a month with a specialist orchid feed, stopping after blooming has finished and starting when new growth is seen.
  • Mist your plant regularly to maintain a humid environment or you can place the pot in a gravel tray - remember however not to let the plant sit in water.


Potting Requirements:

  • Brassia orchids should be repotted once every two years or once the potting medium becomes decomposed and no longer drains properly. Do this after blooming.
  • A course-grade potting medium consisting of bark, coconut chips, charcoal, or perlite is ideal and will provide proper drainage.
  • When potting, carefully trim away any damaged or rotting roots with sharp scissors.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
70 cm
50 cm
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