My friend just got a dendrobian orchid and she insists that is has a lovely scent to it. Are there really orchids that have a scent?
There is a dendrobium orchid called Sweet Scent Dendrobium Super nestor Alba. The flowers of this orchid have a mild raspberry candy scent. Flower buds start to form in late winter/early spring and new growth develops at the base of the plant while it is blooming. Care tips: Keep the orchid in warm temperatures, bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., fertilize every two weeks as the new growth develops. Keep the soil moist but never soggy. Do not feed during the fall and winter and allow the soil to dry out before watering. During this time the leaves will fall off before the plant starts to grow again in the late winter/early spring. Spraying the new growth a couple of times with a liquid Phosphate fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. ( 0-46-0) encourages more flowers.