Name Lady-of-the-Night Orchid
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.
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
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 regularly, allowing the medium to dry
slightly between waterings.
Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month,
diluting to the recommended strength, or a weaker
solution more frequently.
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.
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
Special thanks to the Orchid
for the use of the above picture.
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