Saturday, August 29, 2009

Maxillaria tenuifolia

Maxillaria tenuifolia - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria tenuifolia - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMy Maxillaria tenuifolia plant has rotted through the 6-inch basket it was in. I have had the plant for most of the time I have been collecting. With the basket gone I am forced to do something with the plant.

Maxillaria tenuifolia grows in Mexico and northern Central America. It is cool to hot growing and often very fragrant.

Having a specimen plant is nice. It gives a good show of flowers and people are impressed. But the rest of the year it shades other plants and kind of gets in the way.

The Maxillaria tenuifolia in bloom in 2007Dividing the plant into small plants and growing them for a while is possible. I can use space in Sonoma for that. However, there are always small Maxillaria tenuifolia plants on EBay and it might not be worth the effort for a small return. Besides, this cultivar is a very pretty flower but also less fragrant.

The middle ground is another way. I could divide it into good-sized plants. I have a feeling that I could sell those better than small plants. 4-inch baskets are a shippable size and might be attractive to those who want a running start on growing a specimen plant for themselves.

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