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Maxillaria tenuifolia, first bloom

This is a discussion on Maxillaria tenuifolia, first bloom within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I should preface this by saying that I'm still not entirely sure how this happened, ...

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    Thumbs up Maxillaria tenuifolia, first bloom

    I should preface this by saying that I'm still not entirely sure how this happened, but I'm thrilled my Max. is blooming! The coconut smell is amazing, but not strong yet, probably because this is still such a little guy. I'm hoping the scent knocks me over when both flowers are open!

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    After a year of barely growing, I re-potted this February 3rd (yes, during the Superbowl; football and orchids, two of my favorite things!) not knowing that 2 days later the first bud would start to push out of the bract. The roots weren't particularly impressive when I re-potted though, so I'm still not convinced that this is a thriving plant, despite the flower. It got nearly full sun all day in the summer and I let it get pretty dry over the winter (although I never let the bulbs wrinkle much); if anyone has suggestions for different care I should be giving it, let me know!

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    Very nice flower and the plant good despite the difficulty its given you.
    I literally just got one of these earlier this evening after I got off work, I would also like to get some cultural advice.

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    Lucky you!! I expect our here to start blooming soon too. Love the coconut fragrance!

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    Congrats on it blooming for you!

    Quote Originally Posted by max View Post
    Very nice flower and the plant good despite the difficulty its given you.
    I literally just got one of these earlier this evening after I got off work, I would also like to get some cultural advice.
    keep it moist & high light like Cattleya.

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    full sun full water... im about to make a post about the continuing saga of mine, MIZ TINA TURNER, she is so big i just did something very drastic... i hope it it will be as good an idea tomorrow morning as it was this evening... if it all goes wrong i'm blaming carlos rossi....

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    [/QUOTE]keep it moist & high light like Cattleya.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Ron that helps alot, now a quick question about the planting mix, would you suggest a bark mix or a moss mix? As of right now it looks like its in spag, and with that said I tend to like to use bark for it breaths better for me then the spag which stays just to wet to long.

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    Thanks all for the kind comments!


    Quote Originally Posted by smurphr View Post
    full sun full water... im about to make a post about the continuing saga of mine, MIZ TINA TURNER, she is so big i just did something very drastic... i hope it it will be as good an idea tomorrow morning as it was this evening... if it all goes wrong i'm blaming carlos rossi....
    I have already shown my little Max. the lovely Tina so that it knows what to do next! I'm sure whatever you've done, she'll be fine (Her namesake always is, anyways )

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    no well in this case u should be happy for seeing the damn thing flower...i have heard many a complaint about non flowering max tens...a friend has a HUGE clump and says he has seen it flower twice in 20 yrs!!! like seriously...

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Kjeldz View Post
    no well in this case u should be happy for seeing the damn thing flower...i have heard many a complaint about non flowering max tens...a friend has a HUGE clump and says he has seen it flower twice in 20 yrs!!! like seriously...
    I am most definitely happy; after reading about everyone else's experiences with this plant, I didn't expect to see this bloom in the next several years, if ever. Not to mention it only added 2 pseudobulbs last year, which appeared and matured in the span of a week or two once our weather cooled a bit.

    I'm amazed that orchid enthusiasts can't seem to agree on the needed culture. For every person who says you must do X to make it bloom is another person who says if you do X it will never, ever bloom. That's partly why I included my growing conditions - in all my reading of others' growing cultures, high light (and lots of water) while growing and a dry winter seemed to be the commonality. Of course, I'd love to hear from anyone who does something different!

    The real test of all this, of course, will be to see if I can get it to bloom again next year!

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    It seems happy for you so i am sure it will bloom again! I treat mine like you do yours. High light and fairly dry in the winter

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