Question: I thought you might enjoy this: one of your kids I purchased at the last Lansing show. Guess I’m doing something right. One odd thing, no fragrance. –M. W.
Answer: Thanks for the beautiful picture, MW! And great job! I wonder if it will become fragrant during the heat of the day (what heat?), or perhaps once the sun goes down. As you probably know, white flowers are usually pollinated at night and therefore usually most fragrant at night. But not always because that’s too easy. Also, because Aerangis likes high humidity, you might find it most fragrant right after you water. I found that to be the case with a not-so-good-smelling Pleuro I just bought. Right after I watered it, it rewarded me with a powerful stench. Yea! (Insert sarcasm)
Addendum: Notice how small this plant is at blooming size. The whole genus Aerangis, at least all the ones I know, is like that. If it were an animal, we would say it was precocious, but as a plant we just say…wow, that’s great! Rather than growing taller and putting on more leaves, this plant will likely add a new growth and become bushier. Preferred growing conditions are low light, steady moisture, intermediate to warm temperatures. Super easy for home growers like the person who bloomed this lovely. Oh, and the leaves are cool in and of themselves. Bonus!
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