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Maxillaria cacaoensis

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Raven, Jan 31, 2022.

  1. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

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    What is the temperature requirement of this species? Andy's tag says intermediate and I've been growing it with 55F minimum nights and it is not doing well. Just checked and it comes from 100-1000 m in Costa Rica which is rather warm to hot.
    Any advice?
     
  2. Alex Shepack

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    I can't speak from personal experience, but I know Andy keeps his in the intermediate house. He has them on a higher tube, so they're getting quite a bit of light (comparatively) and he keeps them nearer to the vents/heaters - so they're getting a fair amount of air movement too.
     
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    Thank you, Alex! Would you say they are fully dry before he waters them again?
     
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    I wouldn't say anything in that house ever gets fully dry. I think they probably get drier than the Dracula and Pleurothallids though.
     
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    Mine is on the cool side of intermediate…a lot of air movement and generally moist although slightly dryer this time of year. Have had no issues.
     
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    After what you all said, maybe I should check the roots. Since it doesn't seem like temperature or moisture could be a problem here...
     
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    Is yours potted or mounted?
     
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    Potted in pure moss the way I got it from Andy.
     
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    Not sure I still have mine, but it did well for some years mounted on cork in the intermediate house. It was watered almost daily and dry or close to dry before the next day.
     
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    Mine is in a 4 inch plastic basket with NZ Sphagnum as the media.
     
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