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Maxillaria variabilis 'Black'

Maxillaria variabilis 'Black'

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Introducing the Maxillaria variabilis 'Black,' the epitome of elegance and mystery in the orchid world. Renowned as the darkest Maxillaria species known, these exquisite orchids boast virtually black flowers, each a mere 1/2" wide, making a bold statement in any orchid collection. Native to Central America, from Mexico to Panama, the Maxillaria variabilis thrives in diverse habitats, from oaks growing pastures to open and dense forests, reaching heights up to 2000 meters.

This small-sized orchid is a versatile species, growing as a terrestrial, lithophytic, or epiphytic plant, featuring solitary leafed pseudobulbs and striking linear or linear-oblong leaves. The Variable Maxillaria blooms throughout the year, with flowers exhibiting a fascinating array of colors, including white, yellow, dark orange, greenish-yellow, and the sought-after dark red or red-brown. The glossy, tongue-shaped lip adds a touch of allure, ranging in color from bright red to a harmonious match with the petals.

Cultivation Tips:

Light: Provide a moderate, dispersed light level ranging from 18000-30000 lux. Protect the orchid from direct southern sun exposure, as it can be detrimental to its well-being. Ensure constant, gentle air movement to mimic its natural habitat.

Temperature: Maintain an average summer day temperature of 27-28 °C, night temperature of 15-16 °C, and a daily temperature difference of 12-13 °C. In winter, aim for an average day temperature of 25-27 °C, night temperature of 8-10 °C, and a daily temperature difference of 16-17 °C.

Humidity: During the summer and early autumn, maintain a humidity level of 70-75%, which then decreases to 55-60% from late autumn to early spring.

Substrate and Repotting: Grow in containers with good drainage or mount on tree fern rootstock with high humidity. Use loose, quickly drying ground, such as medium-sized bark or chopped tree fern fibers with perlite and charcoal. Repot when the substrate decomposes or annually if the plant outgrows its pot.

Watering: From late spring to early autumn, keep the orchid constantly moist with slight drying between waterings. Reduce watering in autumn during the slower growth period.

Fertilizer: Apply 1/4-1/2 dose of balanced orchid fertilizer weekly during active growth. Alternatively, use high-nitrogen fertilizer in spring to mid-summer and high-phosphoric fertilizer from late summer to autumn.

Rest Period: In winter, reduce watering, but don't let the orchid dry out completely. Occasional morning fogging and light watering will suffice, maintaining a cool, dry rest period. Reduce or eliminate fertilization until new growth appears in spring.

This is a blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Bring the allure of the Maxillaria variabilis 'Black' into your orchid sanctuary, where its mesmerizing, virtually black flowers will captivate your senses and elevate your orchid-growing experience.

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