Maxillaria tenuifolia Coconut Orchid, near blooming size

Maxillaria tenuifolia Coconut Orchid, near blooming size

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  • 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 (NOT in flower now) 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 near blooming size plants in two-inch pots and we expect them to flower next summer. They are ready to be repotted now, and we simply don't have the time. Most have a little sheet moss on top of the sphagnum media. Repot into sphagnum or regular orchid mix. Can go into 3 or 3.5 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. The leaves are grass-like.

These like bright, indirect light, a temperature range of 65 to 85 degrees, and we fertilize ours once every two or three  weeks with a very weak orchid fertilizer. Water when almost dry.

The longest leaves are 10 to 12 inches or more.

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. We always ship the largest.

You can find cheaper ones, but you won't find better ones. This is the 'Haupia' cultivar, known for producing exceptionally dark red flowers.

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