Friday, May 8, 2009

Maxillaria picta freshly potted

Maxillaria picta plants - Photo by Richard Lindberg

Maxillaria picta - 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 picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light cool to warm growing plant, blooming in winter and spring.

I got this plant about a month ago in bloom and for a very good price. Once the flowers were gone I took it apart bacause it was too big for the greenhouse. I had to break the pot and the rootball was so tight that it took all of one morning to do a first pass at breaking it into pieces. I put the pieces in a 5-gallon bucket where they stayed for three weeks.

The result is that I paid for the original plant by selling a few single pseudobulb divisions and I have a very nice sized piece for my collection. In addition I have 5 divisions of 3+ pseudobulbs and 28 1 and 2 pseudobulb divisions and a bunch of rootless, leafless backbulbs. I am going to grow them for about a year in Sonoma, although 3 or 4 with new growth just starting might be ready later in the summer.

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