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Red triangular flowers with a coconut cream pie scent. Likes moisture at roots. Climbing pseudobulbs with grass like leaves. These are beautiful plants with many growths and flowers.
Bloomed out for the season, price reduced.
Intro:Maxillaria tenuifolia is a species native to Mexico and Honduras. It has one and a half inch flowers that smell like coconut cream pie. The flowers are colored in red with yellow speckles. This plant is easy to grow and flower but does like a little cooler night temps in winter.
Light:Medium light as for between Cattleya and Phalaenopsis. From 1500 to 3500 foot candles are ideal. This plant will also grow well under fluorescent and high pressure sodium fixtures.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.
Humidity:This plant likes a relative humidity of 50 percent or higher.
The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker.
Water:This plant receives copious amounts of water during the rainy season but starting in December there is a drier season that can last until May. For indoor culture this means that you should start keeping the plant drier at the roots between watering from Late November until the end of March being careful not to allow the pseudobulbs to become too wrinkled. You may have to water every 2-3 weeks during this period. About mid March one can begin watering normally allowing the potting mix to approach dryness between watering. It is best to use rain, distilled or reverse osmosis water.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.
Fertilizer:Use Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up. For plants in moss or mounted on slabs feed every third or 4th watering as the moss holds a lot of nutrients. Or use
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
Another fertilizer offered is: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula).
Flowering:This plant has oval pseudobulbs about 2 inches long with 2 thin leaves protruding from the top and 2 shorter sheath like leaves at the base. When the plant begins to produce flower buds they will emerge from between the pseudobulb and the leaf at the base. The inch and a half flowers are triangular, colored in red with yellow speckles and have the fragrance of coconut cream pie. The flowers last a month to 6 weeks under ideal conditions. Repotting:The plant has a habit of climbing out of the pot and producing psedobulbs up in the air one on top of the other. This is normal. Simply repot into larger pots as the plant fills them up. Eventually you will have a specimen plant that will appear as a small mound of grassy like foliage. These plants can be divided when large but one should leave at least6 to 8 growths per division. Repot in spring after flowering.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock, charcoal, tree fern fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.