Neofinetia falcata 'Shutenno'This is one of my absolute favorite Neofinetia, bought from a friend back in March. The color of the spur is just amazing and I love the shape of the small flowers. I am not good at describing scents, but I can assure you that it smells absolutely divine. Perhaps a bit of jasmine and coconut mixed with a drop of vanilla… The Phal Miva Fragrans which is blooming in the same viv. does not stand a chance fragrance wise, neither in intensity nor scent – despite the name.

Neofinetia falcata 'Shutenno'Although it is tradition to grow these in small clay pots in a mound of sphagnum moss I prefer to grow mine mounted. It hangs in the warm vivarium fairly bright, close to the lights. Neofinetia grow primarily attached to tree branches so they enjoy near full sun in the winter after the trees loose their leaves. It wants warmer temperatures, high humidity and plenty of water when in active growth, but prefers a cooler and dryer period in the winter when it is resting.

I think every orchid collector should make room for at least one Neofinetia. It won’t take up much space, the whole plant measures no more than 10-12 cm across and pretty much has it all… timeless elegance, stunning beauty and a nice scent to boot.