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Brassavola nodosa

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    Cool Brassavola nodosa

    I lost a spike to a snail attack, and several buds blasted...but it's still a nice blooming. This plant is a delight. I bought it a couple years back in spike and it gets better and larger every year.

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    Lovely species so nice your photo I miss the smell especially at night.

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    Always so lovely!

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    So beautiful. I almost lost my Brassavola nodosa to scale last summer. It is just now starting to come back to life. I hope it blooms as beautiful as yours.

    cheers,
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    I had the same issue with this one a year or two ago. I was moving plants out of the greenhouse and when I picked it up I almost cried. I did the toothbrush scrub and thankfully it is healthy once again. I'm guessing yours will fabulous again shortly...after all your plants are amazing! You need to post updated pictures of the vanda with the dreads.

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    So beautiful. I almost lost my Brassavola nodosa to scale last summer. It is just now starting to come back to life. I hope it blooms as beautiful as yours.

    cheers,
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    one of my top favorite fragrances, love it

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    so jealous over here.... i got a 'little stars' earlier this summer, but no flowers. can't wait to see what it will smell like. i am trying to get a few good scented plants, and these i hear are among the best. mine is getting very early am sun, and really bright light (sun through 2 layers of shadecloth 70%) most of the day. i grow it with some encyclias, and a little less sun than the dendrobium kingianum and renanthera. it seems like a tough plant so far. yours seems to have a ton of flowers, it must be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    so jealous over here.... i got a 'little stars' earlier this summer, but no flowers. can't wait to see what it will smell like. i am trying to get a few good scented plants, and these i hear are among the best. mine is getting very early am sun, and really bright light (sun through 2 layers of shadecloth 70%) most of the day. i grow it with some encyclias, and a little less sun than the dendrobium kingianum and renanthera. it seems like a tough plant so far. yours seems to have a ton of flowers, it must be happy.
    You will be surprised at how much sun these can handle. I keep mine hanging at the very edge of the eaves. They love fertilizer and sunlight. I look up each of the species because a few of my cattleya/encyclia have native growing ranges that include hanging over water and like the tops of trees so they are kept with the vanda, only at the top of the shelf. I find researching the plant sometimes will give me an insight if a healthy plant won't bloom. Usually it is too little water or sun....most of the time. My shade cloth is 50%...I push the sunlight levels which is why mine can look so pale sometimes. Where they hang has been a factor with a few of mine as well...if I hang them too close to the ground or too high up and switch it sometimes I can get a blooming. I've said it before, orchids are moody!

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    Two layers of shade cloth 70% is way to much for Brassavola nodosa.
    I grow Brassavolas and it's primary hybrids with 60% shade cloth and place them very close to the shade cloth.
    Brassavolas can take full sun during almost all day.
    I'm not recommending to place them in full sun, but they can take it.
    I recommend to give your plant as much light as possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    so jealous over here.... i got a 'little stars' earlier this summer, but no flowers. can't wait to see what it will smell like. i am trying to get a few good scented plants, and these i hear are among the best. mine is getting very early am sun, and really bright light (sun through 2 layers of shadecloth 70%) most of the day. i grow it with some encyclias, and a little less sun than the dendrobium kingianum and renanthera. it seems like a tough plant so far. yours seems to have a ton of flowers, it must be happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    You will be surprised at how much sun these can handle. I keep mine hanging at the very edge of the eaves. They love fertilizer and sunlight. I look up each of the species because a few of my cattleya/encyclia have native growing ranges that include hanging over water and like the tops of trees so they are kept with the vanda, only at the top of the shelf. I find researching the plant sometimes will give me an insight if a healthy plant won't bloom. Usually it is too little water or sun....most of the time. My shade cloth is 50%...I push the sunlight levels which is why mine can look so pale sometimes. Where they hang has been a factor with a few of mine as well...if I hang them too close to the ground or too high up and switch it sometimes I can get a blooming. I've said it before, orchids are moody!
    Connie,
    Very well grown.
    They need as much light as possible. The leaf edges have to get a purplish brown color and the edges have to be almost closed forming a semi tube and not be flat and spread out.

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    While not completely bloomed out, I am in love with the arrangement of a few of the spikes. It makes for a huge bouquet. I love it when this thing blooms out nice like this. I also fertilize it like a vanda and keep it sprayed for bugs and fungus. If not they don't last long for me.

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