Friday, March 29, 2013

Maxillaria picta

At one time I was adding Maxillaria species to the collection. However, the change in my greenhouse to a dryer winter has damaged or killed many of them. This Maxillaria picta is a good example. It had a couple of flowers but the new growths have died.

Maxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMaxillaria picta - Plant 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 have taken the youngest four pseudobulbs and potted them in sphagnum. That should help with the watering. The rest of the plant was cleaned up and made into two backbulb divisions. I will give the plant to the end of summer and then decide if I want it in my collection. I know that I will be making that same decision for a lot of plants when they have to go back in the greenhouse for the winter.

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