Brassavola nodosa

Common Name Lady-of-the-Night Orchid

Native Origin Brassavola nodosa is an epiphyte native to Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. It is a member of the genus Brassavola, which has 17 species and is named for A.M. Brassavola (1500 to 1555), a Venetian botanist.

Light Provide a well lit exposure in a greenhouse or on a windowsill, similar to that given cattleyas and laelias. Under lights, place the plants 8 to 10 inches from the tubes that burn 14 to 16 hours a day.

Temperature Brassavola nodosa is tolerant of a wide temperature range, benefiting from intermediate to warm conditions (65 to 80 F during the day with a 10 F drop at night).

Water Water regularly, allowing the medium to dry slightly between waterings.

Fertilizer Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month, diluting to the recommended strength, or a weaker solution more frequently.

Potting Grow this epiphyte in a clay or plastic container, a wood-slat basket or a tree-fern basket. Choose a porous medium through which water drains rapidly, such as fir bark or tree fern. Another method is to attach the plant with monofilament or a glue gun to a piece of driftwood or cork, or wire it to a tree-fern plaque or ball.

Pests Brassavola nodosa is a sturdy orchid that remains healthy when grown in a clean environment. Inspect periodically for insects and take appropriate action when necessary. -- AOS Staff.

Brassavola nodosa
Brassavola nodosa
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