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Brassavola nodosa (Lady of the Night)

Lady of the Night, Knobby Brassavola, Bletia nodosa, Bletia rhopalorrhachis, Brassavola grandiflora, Cymbidium nodosum, Epidendrum nodosum


Brassavola nodosa (Lady of the Night) is a medium sized epiphytic or lithophytic orchid species boasting extremely fragrant flowers throughout the year. The blossoms, 4 in. across (10 cm), emit a citrus fragrance at night. Each flower features long, slender, pale green or creamy-white sepals and petals, and a large, heart-shaped lip sometimes adorned with purple or dark red spotting. The flowers are borne on a bracteate inflorescence that arises on a newly maturing pseudobulb that carries up to 6 flowers. Native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela, Brassavola nodosa is a hot growing orchid species found in low-lying coastal regions, below 1650 ft. (500 m), as growing on trees in lowland rainforests and mangrove swamps or on rocks and cliffs near the coast. Brassavola nodosa is a very easy orchid to grow, adapting to a wide range of conditions in cultivation.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm).
  • Grows best in full sun or very bright light. Provide strong air movement.
  • Needs an average night temperature of 73-75°F (23-24°C) and daytime temperature of 87°F (31°C) in summer.
  • Needs an average night temperature of 62°F (17°C) and daytime temperature of 77-78°F (25-26°C) in winter.
  • Maintain adequate humidity (80%) throughout the year. Set the plant on a tray of gravel, partially filled with water.
  • Water heavily during the active growth period, making sure the growing medium is always moist. Reduce watering in winter, but dryness should not be allowed
  • Feed every week with 1/4-1/2 of the recommended dose of fertilizer for orchids during the active growth period.
  • Propagate by division when the plant overflows the pot.
  • Once the flowers have faded, remove the spent flower spikes.
  • Repotting should be performed when new roots start growing or immediately after flowering.
  • Generally disease free. Keep an eye out for aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and mealybugs.
  • Native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Plant Type Orchids
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Plant Type Orchids
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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