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Maxillaria Variabilis question, please

This is a discussion on Maxillaria Variabilis question, please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, A friend sent a division of her little Maxillaria Variabilis 'Grace' to me and ...

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    Default Maxillaria Variabilis question, please

    Hi,
    A friend sent a division of her little Maxillaria Variabilis 'Grace' to me and with it enclosed growing instructions, as well. I'm unclear as to watering and she's out of town, or else I would just ask her.

    If some of you who have had success with this orchid can help me, I would very much appreciate it. If you have other comments and/or advice for me, I would appreciate any other help, also.
    Vicki

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    Ron-NY grows this plant (Max Variabilis 1, Max Variabilis 2), so he will probably be able to help. What I found with my one Max is that it needs a bit higher light levels than say an oncidium. I water and feed on a regular schedule letting it dry almost completely out before watering again. My little Max. tenuifolia put out a bloom this year for the first time. Good luck with your
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    Hi Vicky
    my Maxillaria variabilis is mounted on Cork and must be watering every day. Bright light and fertilizer in the growing season.
    When your´s is potted ,I can´t say how often you must watering .
    And it ´s necessary what a substrate and drainage you use .Take a transparent pot and you can controlling the roots .
    For a better aeration you can piercing the pot round and round with a drill .

    I hope it can help you

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    I have mine growing in treefern fiber. Get's watered 2X per week, the roots get plenty of air yet moisture as well. I do grow it fairly bright

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    Thanks for your help, everyone.....Bruce, Drosera, and Ron-NY!
    Always appreciated,
    Vicki

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