Friday, February 12, 2010

Brassavola Little Stars

Brassavola Little Stars - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have started to develop an interest in Brassavola. It took awhile with some setbacks. I killed a Brassavola nodosa and almost killed a Brassavola Yellow Bird.

I mentally gave up on Brassavola and tossed the remaining small piece of Yellow Bird into a flat of Paph seedlings where it stayed for at least 3 years. It just hung on, growing slightly in a spot that was much too dark for it.

Lillian has a Brassavola nodosa in her collection. It is coming on to be specimen sized and doing really well. It is mounted with most of the plant growing in open air. It is placed in just about the brightest spot in the greenhouse and gets watered daily in summer.

Brassavola nodosa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassavola nodosa - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Brassavola (B) contains 18 species which grow in all the tropical lowlands of the New World. They are fragrant, mostly at night with a citrus fragrance.

Brassavola nodosa grows just about anywhere in the Brassavola range that is wet and hot. It needs bright light and blooms spring and fall.

I took a small cutting and mounted it on cork bark. It did really well in my greenhouse, blooming soon after and continued all summer with a small number of flowers.



  1. I haven't had much success, but I am going to mount the one I now have when root growth initiates.

    The flowers on that one have nice form.

  2. I purchased a Brassavola perrinii weds. at our orchid society. Do you have any experience with that species?? Not having a greenhouse, I find it impossible to maintain mounts in the winter. I found some examples of Brassavola perrinii grown in small slat baskets. I may try that when I see some new growth this spring.


  3. A basket with coarse material is functionally just like a mount. It shouldn't be any harder to water than a pot.

  4. Baskets should work well for perrinii. I have two pieces that I removed from a pot, cleaned and divided and have been growing for a couple of months sitting in a pot with no medium. It is growing and even bloomed, but I am not sure that this is a good long-term way to grow them.

  5. I just got a B. Little Stars today and decided to mount it. Should I mount it with the leaves hanging on the bottom like the one in the pic, or with them pointing up?

  6. I expect the plant to grow in all directions. The conventional way is up.