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Culture help - Lycaste aromatica and Maxillaria rufescens

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    Default Culture help - Lycaste aromatica and Maxillaria rufescens

    Hi guys! I just received some plants and I've got a couple of questions about the culture for these two so hopefully some of you will be able to help.

    I know that the Lycaste is supposed to be kept dry during the rest period. Mine is a young plant with 4 pseudobulb. I was surprised to discover that it still had two leaves on the newest bulb when I unpacked it, I was expecting a completely 'bald' plant. The leaves are quite chlorotic but do I still keep it cold, bright and dry?

    I'm not quite sure where to put the Maxillaria. I have an unheated bedroom (temps around 15 degrees celsius) with a South facing window which is where I'm keeping the plants that need a winter rest. I also have a little grow room which is warm (temps around 23 degrees), humid and fairly bright (Catts and Ascda spike in there). Where do you think the Max should go? Does it need to be kept cool and dry right now or do I stick it into the jungle? It's supposed to be blooming size so I want some flowers this spring

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    I have a Lycaste (posted under 'Other Flowering Orchids) and from what I've read and personal experience with my plant, they can retain their leaves unless they are of the deciduous type. Mine hold their leaves for 2 yrs, then they turn yellow and drop. Also all must be protected from sun light....leaves burn in a heartbet! Helps to know if your plant is from higher elevations or lowland....high/cool, low/warm. Water just to keep the PB's plump...I allow mine to dry somewhat during winter and water big time during the summer. Also the AOS has cultural sheets on many orchids.... Lycaste . This link may be helpful.
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    I was under the impression that this Lycaste species was deciduous which is why I was surprised to see the leaves. They do seem to be yellowing so maybe they'll fall off soon I'm in the north of England so the sun is not a problem in Feb

    Thank you for the link!

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    Yes, and there are other links to the AOS culture sheets in our LINKS forum.

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    If the top of the bulbs have 2 little sharp spikes then it is a deciduous type . I think they are there to keep it form becoming a snack ... Gin

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    Yes Lycaste aromatica is deciduous. Mine is bald of its leaves right now. They don't need to be kept cool, but just not watered once the leaves are gone. I've read people just push them aside during dormancy

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    Thank you guys! I had a look and it does indeed have spikes on top of the bulbs! I didn't realise it didn't need a cool down. Having said that my cold room is the only place that has space I might move it to the living room where the temps are kinda intermediate.

    Any ideas about the Max. rufescens? Does it need a winter rest or can I just keep it warm and humid with ample water and light?

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    Copied from the internet ..
    Plant can be grown in a fine bark medium, full sphagnum moss, or mounted on treefern or cork. Grow in cool to warm conditions with medium amounts of light. Water regularly and keep mix moist but not wet. Plant require semi-dry rest through the winter month. and another copied from the internet .

    Maxillaria rufescens is well known for its bright yellow flowers with a speckling on the lip that has a wonderful vanilla fragrance. The flowers are about half an inch, or three to four centimeters across, but this species shows a great deal of variability in flower color and size. One particularly nice thing about the species is that it flowers throughout the year so you will be able to enjoy the scent at almost any time. The species is found throughout the northern part of South America and in the Caribbean islands growing as an epiphyte in tropical forests. They need good humidity and even moisture to grow well as well as intermediate light conditions. Because of their size, these are good plants for a windowsill.

    Well what I do is just not water as much during the winter /cool months but I don't let them stay bone dry for any length of time mine are mounted . Gin

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    Thanks Gin! That's how I'm going to keep it for now then - intermediate light, water and temps.

    Good to know that it blooms year round too, I love the vanilla scent!

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    Gin's advice is good, that is how I treat mine as well.

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