Friday, May 15, 2009

Maxillaria callichroma starting to bloom

Maxillaria callichroma - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Maxillaria (Max) contains 650 some species spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical Americas. They have a single flower. Generally warm to hot growing.

Maxillaria callichroma grows in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, blooms in winter, cool to hot growing.

As with all plants bought in bloom, the proof is in the re-bloom. It is always a question about what will survive my environment which is very wet. There was a period of adjustment, but the plant is doing great with more flowers than last year.

Outside of peeking at the roots, the health of a plant is seen in the new growth. Each pseudobulb should be at least as large as the previous generation. Somtimes a change of environment can cause a real setback, but it doesn't seem to be the case here. There is a new growth starting and the leaf and pseudobulb from last year are the biggest on the plant so far.

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