My Brassavola nodosa orchid finally bloomed!

Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)November 30, 2011

The flower pod split open last night and the petals started unfolding. Tonight it appears to be fully open or almost? So far no scent. :(

I don't know if that happens later in the evening (it's around 6pm right now) or if it must be absolutely dark for scent production or what.

I've read in 'Bloom-Again Orchids' by Judy White that many strains have little to no scent and it's best to smell before you buy. I'm crossing my fingers that mine will turn out to have a heady scent! :)


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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Follow up notes: Went to dinner and came home around 8 and was able to detect a light scent (not heady). Reminded me of Bouvardia Longiflora? I'm hoping that the scent will be stronger tonight.


    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 9:50AM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

Hi Robert,

Most orchids will not produce much of a scent when they first open, and brassavola is no exception. You need to wait a couple of days before the blossom has matured enough to produce a stronger scent. Orchids follow very different rules than most plants :-)

However, the fact that you already noticed a fragrance from it is a very good sign. Once more blossoms open and mature you will notice the scent in all areas of your house starting at 7-8 pm. The scent is incredibly pervasive but never overpowering.

As for fragrance quality, I think it is one of the best. It has a spicy floral aroma with medicinal undertones and hints of...bacon! Yes, that does indeed sound strange (even unappealing), but once you experience it you will become addicted. It is unique, delicious and wonderful!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 4:00PM
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Robert (zone 7a, Oklahoma)

Hi Ispahan!

Thanks for your input as usual.
Your bacon comment made me laugh. I envisioned Homer Simpson drooling as he says 'Mmmm...bacon'! ;)


    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 4:28PM
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Dang Rob!

Wouldn't you know it. I couldn't pull your picture here at work. I will do it at home though.

Congrats buddy. If I like what I see, guess what my next plant will be? lol


    Bookmark   December 1, 2011 at 7:15PM
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