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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist


Maxillaria genus (Orchid). There are about 250 to 700 species, they mostly have short pseudobulbs bearing a single strap-like, leathery leaf, though some species have leaves springing directly from a creeping rhizome or from short erect stems. The flowers are on singly short stalks arising from the pseudobulb base.


Evergreens, Orchids or Epiphytics


C & S America

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.


All the species will vary in climate requirements. You will need to pot them in standard orchid compost and keep it moist all year, You can propagate by dividing clumps. In temperate climates, they need to be grown in greenhouses. Can be grown in pots but also on slabs of bark. Weak foliar feeds can be added to the sprays.


Older leafless pseudobulbs which can be removed for replanting, or from new growth which may appear from the bottom of the plant.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to red spider mites, aphids and mealy bugs.

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