Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:21

Maxillaria schunkeana


LIGHT Partial shade
HUMIDTY moderate humidity
WATER Moist/Dry; 2-4 waterings per week (let dry between waterings) 
BLOOM    Blooms summer perhaps into early fall


This Maxillaria's claim to fame is the deep-purple reddish bloom that almost appears as a "true black" flower.  Some claim the flower to be fragrant and others add that a mature thriving specimen can flower all year long.

Saturday, 12 September 2015 20:48

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Photo Credit: Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

LIGHT Partial shade
HUMIDTY Relative humidity of 50 percent or higher
WATER Keep moist during growing season, allow for a winter rest
BLOOM to Fragrant, blooms from spring ininto summer


This plant has spunk: the distinctive strap-like leaves and the perky, fragrant flowers really set it apart. The triangular flowers are a vibrant brick-red, about one and one half inches across, blooming singly on three inch stems. The dried-coconut fragrance is one of its most charming traits! .Temperature Tolerant. May blooming. Species from Mexico to Northern Nicaragua.



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