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In my opinion if the flower buds are well developed then watering would not be a risk and would probably facilitate the swelling and opening of the flower buds and release of fragrance. If it is the true D. nobile species (purple labellum blotch with pink tips on sepals), it really will have benefited from the drought period you have provided. If they are heavily fed and watered in the autumn they will produce beautiful plump green stems but will not produce many flowers. The YouTube Channel “Brads Orchids” recently discussed D. nobile flowering so you could check that out.
Absolutely enchanting! I have great success with the cool-growers namely cristata, mooreana, nitida , flaccida and fimbriata. Some Coelogynes have the reputation of sulking after repotting particularly cristata. In my experience it was not the case. I repot about every 3 years into medium coir husk and they bounce back no problem, I would love t have the conditions for the warm-grower tomentosa which is so majestic. I have tried it twice but the growth starts to deteriorate after about a year.
Hi Brendan and Eszter,
Fortunately my PC is so hi-tech that I have an orchid fragrance app downloaded which allows me to smell the photos from the screen! I think this one strikes of vanilla! Beautiful photo of a very distinctive flower and a plant every grower should try including myself!
I and many others consider the “Nellys” to be tricky to sustain long-term. Referring to the excellent You Tube channel of “MissOrchidGirl” a grower with a large diverse and superbly healthy orchid collection she has ranked the Nelly as her Number 1 most difficult orchid! So Esther you have to be congratulated. Obviously the specific growing conditions you provide are key! So keep on doing what you are doing!