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Old 01-01-2021, 09:15 PM
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Well, it's been three years since I made a post on this orchid (last post: here), and I think it may be finally blooming soon! I'm pretty convinced that this is in Maxillaria or a related genus.

Unfortunately, it's also been dropping leaves recently (1 a couple months ago and two recently). I think I may need to water more, since the orchid room is actually warmer in the winter than it is in the summer due to our heating/cooling system.

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There's also a lot of mineral buildup on the sides of the pot and on the sheaths, which is not great.
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It would be fine when it's time to water to soak the pot in distilled or reverse osmosis water for a few hours, then use a small brush and some vinegar to scrub the minerals off the pot. Rinse it off afterward.
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Thanks! Could I just rinse off the pot if I used vinegar, or would I need to resoak?

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I briefly wondered whether this might be M. schunkeana, given the heavily pigmented bud/spike, but it seems that that species typically has bifoliate pseudobulbs. Also, I've never bloomed a Maxillaria before, so maybe that's just how the buds start out.
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I would just rinse it off.
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