Maxillaria also called coconut orchid.
Move to the tropics with the intense coconut scent from the flowers.
Maxillaria has star-shaped orange / red flowers.
This cheerful orchid is a valuable addition to your collection for its distinctive scent.
The Maxillaria comes with a Botanic ceramic pot (10 cm)
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The Maxillaria thrives best at a minimum night temperature of 12 to 15 ° C. An ideal daytime temperature is between 15 and 20 ° C. This orchid requires a lot of light but does not tolerate direct sunlight, certainly not in the summer months. A place on the windowsill focused on the (north) east or (south) west is ideal. When leaves turn yellow, this can be a sign of too much direct sunlight. The failure of flower buds or dark green leaves indicate a possible lack of light.
Water and humidity
Furthermore, the plants have a great need for water, nutrients and a lot of fresh and moving air during the growing period. If a plant is well cared for, a small plant can reach a nice size in a year.
A slightly drier substrate and lower night temperatures can promote flowering, but this is not an absolute necessity. What you should pay attention to is the watering during the development of the buds. The buds of most Maxillaria are quite sensitive to rotting. So, water the plants on the pot and spray them carefully during this period or ensure that there is sufficient air movement so that the water remaining evaporates quickly and so cannot damage the buds.
The Maxillaria has a high humidity in its natural environment. Therefore, if you want to grow or propagate the plant, this is best achieved in humid places, such as a kitchen, bathroom or conservatory.
Soil and Fertilization
It is important that the Maxillaria is in an airy soil that provides a moisture-containing drainage. Special orchid soil, which is available at most garden centers, is ideal for this. Prefer not to use normal potting soil. Because there is often little food in the airy orchid soil, it is best to fertilize the Maxillaria via the irrigation water. Special orchid fertilizer is available for this purpose. Fertilizing is required in the months of March to October, around twice a month.
In general, a Maxillaria Flower should not have its size, but its appearance. Take a good look at a flower (sometimes a loupe is not a superfluous luxury), they can really be gems. Another nice side effect is the fact that a number of Maxillaria Plants can smell very pleasant and aromatic. Good examples of this are Maxillaria picta (smells creamy) and Maxillaria pumila (smells cinnamon-like)
The Maxillaria malibu can become an impressive plant in a greenhouse.