Brassavola nodosa - Lady of the Night

Brassavola nodosa

Brassovola nodosa is an epiphytic orchid from tropical America. From Mexico and the West Indies to Venezuela and Peru, at altitudes of up to 600 m on rocks and trees.

Blooming Time: All year round, usually autumn to winter. Large, spiderlike, white flowers with narrow sepals and petals and large lip. The long lasting flowers are scented, particularly at night.

Culture: Brassavola nodosa like an intermediate to warm position with plenty of light. A suitable compost is a mixture of osmunda fibre or chopped tree-fern with sphagnum moss and perhaps a little bark. During the growing period they require plenty of water. After the pseudobulbs have finished growing, water should be restricted for a few weeks during the rather indefinite rest period.

Propagation: Propagation is by division of strong plants at the beginning of the growing season.

Brassavola nodosa was featured as Plant-of-the-Week November 27-December 4, 1998.

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