I anxiously await the first blossoms of my favorite orchid, the Honohono. It is one of the most fragrant of orchids and actually quite easy to grow.
The smell sends me back to my childhood. My mother used rice rinse water to feed her plants. She said it was the talc in the water that made them grow well. The honohono name, in Hawaiian, refers to the alternate growing leaf pattern, however, it is the fragrance of the flower that everyone remembers.
It’s scientific name, dendrobium anosmum, is odd since anosmum means scentless in Latin. They got that one wrong. The long, thin spikes can grow up to 4-5 feet. The flower’s color ranges from lavender, light pink to white. Some think that their plant is dying when it drops all its leaves, but that is how the bloom cycle begins.
The blooming season is from March to May so you get lots of time to experience the Honohono. Water and fertilize them heavily in the summer and not so much during the winter.
This is just one of the many reasons I enjoy living the Hawaii Life.