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Maxillaria tenufolia medium?

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    Here are a couple of shots of Maxillaria tenufolia that I bought yesterday. It has one flower and several buds and the flower smells just like coconut - amazing.

    You see the plant stuck in a wooden box with green moss tucked in around it. A vender at the orchid show today told me that he grew all of his Maxillaria Tenufolia's in green moss. From what I can tell, this plant should stay evenly moist. It's planted in a four inch pot now that I plan on merely sticking the plant in the green moss after removing the 4 inch pot.

    Any of you guys grow this species and know a better way to do it? I am open to suggestions if any of you have any thoughts one way or the other about what medium this plant should grow in.

    Thanks in advance for your time and interest.

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    Nice little max! I grow mine in a clay pot with small bark topped with sphag...but it's a big plant. If mine were smaller I'd go all moss. The tips do go brown quickly if I let it get too dry.
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    This is a very adaptable orchid and can be grown many ways. I grow mine in a plastic net pot and lava rock and when I water, I leave a little extra water in the bowl in which I set it.
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate your time. In researching it it was nearly always mentioned as a good plant for beginners, but keep it evenly moist. I think the green moss will be good for that as it does dry a bit sooner than Sphag. but it is easier to wet again should I let it get dry. I know myself and I will probably let it get too dry more than once or twice. Hey, I'm doing the best I can here.

    Thanks again for the culture tips, I appreciate it.

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    i grew mine in clay pots w/ sphag, lots of water lots of sun lots of heat... now its in a massive fiber lined wire basket... i think, I THINK, there was a mishmash of sphag and treefern fiber with maybe even a touch of soil originally on the basket, but now a few years later... im pretty sure its just growing on itself.... heat sun and water seem to be the winning combo!

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    I have one too and i have mine in moss in a hanging basket and treat is with my vandas and it is growing and has developed new roots and new growth.

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    I grow mine in a plastic pot with bark mixture. The plastic pot is set into a clay pot as this guy gets top heavy fast as it steps up and up and UP.

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