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Your pick for best fragrant orchid

This is a discussion on Your pick for best fragrant orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This is my Euchile citrina my favorite so far do the scent is very strong ...

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    This is my Euchile citrina my favorite so far do the scent is very strong anyone else growing this one? I shared this one on another thread
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    I'm interested in fragrant orchids. Would you give me the names of some of your favorite scents.

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    I have come to learn that not all orchids' fragrance are alike. The scents can range from rotting meat-stinky, rose, soft musk, citrus, coconut, sweet, to gardenia and lavender. I even have one catt that smells like watermelon! Also, size does not matter- I have huge cattleyas that only make a faint scent while some of the smaller blooms produce enough fragrance to fill up the entire kitchen and living area.

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    Thanks Chris. I've noticed that too. One of my favorites is brassavola nodosa. I also love the scent of the Chinese cymbidiums.

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    Who would want an orchid that smells like bad meat?! I must get ahold of a watermelon scented one
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    Hi orchidbaby, I highly recommend Neofinetia Falcata. --- Neos are now officially in the Vanda family but I think they are easier to grow than the larger Vanda plants. Neos are very small, the $10 generic kind are probably Amami Furan, English would be Wind Orchid from Amami Island. The Japanese have been collecting and cultivating these little Vandas for centuries.

    In Shogunate Japan only the rich and powerful could own them. So there is a history and a folklore about these plants that has caused me to pursue the various forms that are available. If you do a search on this forum Neofinetia Falcata, you can see many threads on this plant. I highly recommend it to you.

    I wish these plants bloomed year round as they make fantastic room fresherners! Towards that end, I'm looking for Neos that start their bloom in early Spring, then through Summer and into Autumn. All Neos go into a Winter resting period.

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    Since I posted my question on fragrant orchids I purchased a book on them. I think it's great. It lists scent by light, medium, strong, time of day, color, tells what the scent might be described as, etc. it's been a huge help to me in my quest for fragrance.

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    I'm giving a boost to this thread because I love it! I am on a mission to collect strongly fragrant orchids and other plants. I especially appreciate scents that are sweet, fruity, Jasmine-like, or like Muraya or Citrus flowers.

    So far the only scented orchid that has flowered for me is Coelogyne flaccida. The fragrance was very pervasive through the house from a single flower spike, but not too strong. I would describe it as 'fresh' and 'unique', with no obvious simile. I found it not definitively pleasant, but not unpleasant either - glad to have it there, but I would not buy a second one.

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    Miltoniopsis and Iwanagara Apple Blossom!

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    I totally agre I have Iwan Apple Blossom and it's long lasting with a wonderful scent. Brassavola Nodosa begins emitting its fragrance about 7pm and smells so good I could almost eat it. Chinese cymbidiums ensifolium and sinense are long lasting bloomers and deliciously scented. Cat Jiminny Cricket, rhyn. Glauca, cycnoches Golden Showers. Remember scent is good or bad, light or strong according to your taste!

    I'm surprised that more members haven't shown a greater ibterest in scent.

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