(Lady Of The Night)
~ By Jus Kuntree ~
Lady of the Night, now doesn't that sound
romantic! Well, actually we're talking about an orchid here, but you know,
orchids are pretty romantic flowers anyhow. And this one gets it's name
because of it's wonderful night time fragrance. As far as Brassavol nodosa
go, there are actually several varieties.
This orchid is found from Mexico and the West Indies, down to Peru and
Venezuela. They are often discovered growing in the trees of
lowland tropical forests, or on outcroppings of rocks and cliffs along the
These orchids like to be warm, and have lots of light. They may bloom
year round, particularly in the fall and winter months. The have both growing,
and rest periods. While they're going through their growing stage, they do
require lots of water. Once they transition into their resting stage however,
water should be restricted.
Humidity is an important factor when growing these flowers. The setting
they are placed in, is best kept at 80% humidity year round.
A good fertilizer that is mixed ¼ to ½ of it's usual strength, works well,
and should be used weekly through the growth period. In the fall, you might
want to use one that has less nitrogen, and more phosphate, which will
help encourage better bloom during the next season. To prevent salt
buildup, particularly when using fertilizing often, it's a good idea to leach
the pots every few weeks.
So if you're up to the orchid challenge, this one is definitely one to think
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