Saturday, January 31, 2009

Maxillaria luteo-alba in bloom

Maxillaria luteo-alba - Photo by Richard Lindberg

Maxillaria luteo-alba grows in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela at low altitudes. It is cool to hot growing and is fragrant.

I have had this plant for just a little over a year. I bought it from the member sale table and the top of the plant looked fine. When I got it home I found that the sphagnum was completely broken down and the roots were skimpy except at the new growth. I divided the plant and I don't know if this half is the one with roots or the recovery half.

I went through a phase where if I saw a new Maxillaria species I grabbed it. However, I am learning that I better be a little careful since the conditions that Maxillaria need is by no means predictable from looking at the plant. The cold growing Maxillaria are particularly hard to grow in my environment.

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