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BEGINNER ORCHID

BRASSAVOLA

Lady of the Night

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BRASSAVOLA

Brassavola (bra-sah-VOH-luh), also called lady of the night for its evening perfume-like fragrance. These are great beginner orchids that perform well mounted in a slatted basket or in a pot grown near a windowsill.

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BONUS: For your convenience, you can also download your own-quick reference Brassavola Care Card.

 

TEMPERATURE

Warm, 70°-80° F / 21-26.7 C to intermediate temperatures 60°-65° F / 13°-15.6° C (minimum temperature).

 

LIGHT

Brassavola orchids need very bright light 2500 to 3600 fc) and can be grown on a south-facing windowsill or under lights – growing best if summered outdoors, or, in a greenhouse.

 

HUMIDITY

These orchids will tolerate lower humidity (30-50%). Though higher levels (70%) are better for the orchid, aren’t so good for your home. Use a humidifier if necessary and a fan set to low to provide air movement. Home growers: remember 50% is the maximum recommendation. Easily track humidity levels with a humidistat.

 

WATER

Water enough so that the leaves and roots remain firm and plump. Be especially mindful of watering in the spring when new roots and leaves are growing. Brassavolas require more frequent watering during warm weather and slightly less often in the winter.

 

FERTILIZATION

Apply a balanced fertilizer, 1/4 strength, 3 out of 4 weeks. On the fourth week, flood potting media to rinse fertilizer salts. If the orchid is potted in bark, use a high nitrogen fertilizer (9-3-6).

 

POTTING & MEDIA

Brassavolas grow well on mounts (cork or tree branches work best), in slatted baskets (6-8-inch), and in pots (3-inch). Recommended potting mixes are medium-grade fir bark, horticulture charcoal, lava, and pumice. Potted Brassavolas should dry completely between watering.

 

TIPS

Divide mature Brassavolas in spring when new roots appear.

The popular Brassavola nodosa is a great introductory species.

 

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BRASSAVOLA CARE CARD
 

BUY BRASSAVOLA ORCHIDS

Buy a Brassavola orchid and enjoy its intense fragrance. Follow the care card instructions and your Brassavola will be in good hands.

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