Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Brassavola nodosa

Brassavola nodosa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassavola nodosa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassavola nodosa - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAnother large plant in the greenhouse is the Brassavola nodosa. It has started blooming for the summer. It will continue to bloom until the end of the year.

Even with its size it does not sprawl taking up a lot of horizontal space. I may take a couple of pieces off the edge, but it will be left pretty much as-is. It is definitely part of the collection.

Brassavola 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.

6 comments:

  1. This is one species I've found to be utterly intolerant of anything but warm conditions. Such a beautiful species, but one I can't grow in the subtropics.

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  2. Grows perfectly in Central Florida and has nice fragrant as well!

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  3. I think watering is more important than temperature range. We grow it intermediate just fine.

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  4. I may need to try some other clones, maybe mine will survive winter without leaves. It's such a delightful species especially when it forms a big clump.

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  5. I have a Brassavola grandiflora and it is one of the easiest orchids for me and keeps blooming on most new growths. It has more open flat leaves, while Brassavola nodosa has more terete leaves. grandiflora is from the caribbean side of Mexico, while nodosa is from the pacific side.

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