Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Maxillaria picta progress at 3 months

Maxillaria picta backbulbs after three months

Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta grows in Brazil and Argentina. It is a high light cool to warm growing plant, blooming in winter and spring.

About 3 months ago I divided a very large, very overgrown Maxillaria picta and got a nice division for myself. That's it on the right.

Besides my collection plant I also got more than 60 small divisions and backbulbs. I have sold or traded 20 of them and I have the remaining 40 in Sonoma in bright, dry conditions.

They are about half sprouted and I have separated them. This is because the sprouted pots are growing and need to be watered. I also water the unsprouted pots, but much less. There are no roots to remove water from the bark.

In the world of backbulbs, 3 months is no time at all. Backbulbs take great patience. They may sit there and look at you for a year before sprouting. Decide on a sprouting method and stick with it even if it seems nothing is happening.

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