Blooming size Maxillaria tenuifolia Coconut Orchid, fragrant flowers
In the Zygo/Lycaste family of orchids
Will produce fragrant flowers
Great windowsill plant
Blooming size, but NOT in flower now
One of the easiest orchids to care for, the species Maxillaria tenuifolia is native to an area from Mexico down to Honduras. These summer bloomers carry long lasting dark red flowers with a spotted lip that smell like coconut, and in fact this is often called The Coconut Orchid.
These are large plants, about 18 inches high, in 4-inch pots. The blooms are an inch to an inch and a half wide and mature plants can have lots of them. One of the award winners (a mature plant) had more than 400 flowers at one time.
These like bright, indirect light, a temperature range of 65 to 85 degrees, and we fertilize ours once a week with a very weak orchid fertilizer. Water when almost dry. These are in 4 inch pots. The first picture shows a typical flower; the second picture shows the kind of plant you are purchasing. We have a number of these and we'll pick out a nice one for you.
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