Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brassavola nodosa

Brassavola nodosa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have a few plants that are doing really well in my greenhouse. More than just growing and blooming, these are thriving. The Brassavola nodosa is one of them. It has been blooming since June and I expect that it will continue to bloom well into December.

Brassavola nodosa - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBrassavola nodosa grows just about anywhere in the Brassavola range that is wet and hot. It needs bright light and blooms spring and fall. The 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.

This plant was originally from Andy's Orchids. I took some cuttings off of the edges a couple of years ago but have just let it grow since. It might be a good idea to start another mount as the collection plant with a big division. I don't love the very heavy wood that it is on now, but see why having it grow around a branch is better for it than a flat cork surface would be. I have time to think about it since spring would be the time to do it.

1 comment:

  1. Oooo, what a nice specimen there!!! I have a B. Grand Stars, and it is pretty vigourous for a small plant. Never really stops growing.