Fragrant orchids are a unique category of orchids that produce a noticeable aroma, adding an extra layer of appeal to their already stunning visual beauty. The scent profiles range widely, from sweet and floral to spicy or even chocolatey, offering a delightful sensory experience.
These fragrant orchids can be found across a variety of species and hybrids, including popular ones like the Oncidium 'Sharry Baby' (chocolate), Cattleya (often floral and citrusy), and Maxillaria tenuifolia (coconut).
Their care needs vary based on the specific type, but generally, they require appropriate light, temperature, humidity, water, and fertilizer to bloom successfully. Some orchids emit their fragrance during the day, while others do so at night, often as a way to attract specific pollinators.
Remember, not all orchids are fragrant, and even among the fragrant varieties, the intensity of the scent can vary greatly.