I’m WAY overdue for an orchid of the week post—or any post, really. So sorry about that, folks! I hope you’ll forgive me for being totally MIA. This week’s featured orchid is inspired by my mom, who texted me a photo of her blooming Brassavola nodosa yesterday. So in honor of her good growing, this post is about the B. nodosa!
This orchid is native to Mexico, the West Indies, Venezuala, and Peru. It’s known as the “Lady of the Night” orchid because it is fragrant, but only in the evening. Some say its fragrance is citrusy and gardenia-like, which sounds rather lovely to me. Let’s have a look at some photos, shall we?
This orchid’s blooms can be long lasting (up to one to two months!), so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they are still around when I go home for Thanksgiving in two weeks! The Brassavola nodosa also has the ability to bloom more than once a year, given the right environment and care. This type of orchid likes medium to high light levels, intermediate to warm temperature, and humidity of 50% or higher.
Here is my mom’s lovely B. nodosa as of yesterday:
The Brassavola nodosa’s scientific classification is as such:
Section: B. sect. Cuneilabia
Species: B. nodosa
Boom. Orchid of the week is back. Congratulations to my mom for getting this little guy to bloom for her for the first time!