Sunday, March 27, 2011

Maxillaria picta

Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have several Maxillaria picta plants as the result of dividing a large plant I got before last year's growing season. This is the largest piece, all the others were one or two backbulb divisions. It is growing, doing just OK. The greenhouse is too warm for it, but at least it is blooming.

Maxillaria 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. The 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.

The nice thing about this species is that they bloom just as they are starting the new growth period. I have a chance right now to decide if I want to keep the plant. If I am going to sell it later this year, I can re-pot it in bark now so that it will be established in 2 or 3 months.

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