Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Brassavola nodosa

Brassavola nodosa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI mentioned before that I was going to catalog all backbulbs no matter how un-promising. This piece of Brassavola nodosa is a good example of why. I don't remember when I got it or how much it has grown since then.

Brassavola nodosa grows just about anywhere in the Brassavola range that is wet and hot. It needs bright light and blooms spring and fall. In Sonoma the plant blooms continuously through the season.

I trimmed this from the edge of the Sonoma collection plant. It has been sitting bare root in a large plastic basket most of the time. It is now a respectable plant that is starting the spring growth season with strong, actively growing roots.

It is now in a teak basket with no medium. It will be treated like a mount and it should do very well that way.


  1. Oh, what a strange and pretty flower!

  2. Richard,
    A quick question if I may. I repotted my Lc Love Knot yesterday and found that the four oldest bulbs had no roots and were almost naturally separated from the three newest. I separated the groups, 4 oldest, 3 newest. My question is should I further separate the four old, rootless bulbs or keep them together? Is there any advantage of further separation? They are looking a bit tired. At the moment I have the group sitting in some moist clay pellets.
    Thanks for you input,

  3. Stephen,

    I like Love Knot. I have it and crosses that include it. It is pretty hardy.

    Leaving the four together will get it back to blooming the quickest, although groups of two work well too.

    If they are completely rootless, the pellets may be too wet. Use rock instead, 1/2 inch, granite or a hard rock, not lava. Splash them once in awhile and look for roots. Once roots are an inch or so, pot it in bark.

  4. Thank you again, love your blog.