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This is a discussion on Maxillaria picta - how to made it happy (or at least alive)? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am having so much trouble growing my Maxillaria picta. I bought it as a ...
I am having so much trouble growing my Maxillaria picta. I bought it as a very healthy and nice 5-bulb plant, so I feel particularly guilty that it is now a shrivelled, ailing mess. Its most recent reason for optimism - a fresh new 3" shoot - today is brown and dying. So it tried, then gave up again.
What will turn this baby around?
It's growing in an aerated pot in small-medium bark and perlite, bright filtered sun/bright shade, and Summer temperatures. I never let it dry out completely, but it's not wet either.
The rumour is that it grows very quickly, so I feel even more of a failure!
Shrivelled bulbs could be underwatering... But brown new growth? that sounds more like rot... perhaps photo could say more.... Isn't it too warm maybe?