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Old 06-16-2022, 01:04 AM
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i really like maxillarias! that is one awesome plant....
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i really like maxillarias! that is one awesome plant....
I'm fairly certain that this is one of the few orchids which can be successfully grown from cuttings. Give me a shout if you want a piece in your future package.
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I'm fairly certain that this is one of the few orchids which can be successfully grown from cuttings. Give me a shout if you want a piece in your future package.
for sure, we would absolutely love some cuttings of it! the habit reminds me of the variablis...and the flowers look quite nice. thanks for offering!
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What does "successfully grow from cuttings" mean? I've not heard that phrase regarding orchids.
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What does "successfully grow from cuttings" mean? I've not heard that phrase regarding orchids.
Meaning that you can never just cut a growth off, say, a Catt or Onc and plunk it in a new pot and then expect it to root. Because the Max has roots all down the stems under the sheaths, a cut branch can be stuck in a pot (don't recall if it was vertically or horizontally) and then actually root and grow. I'm not sure what the success rate is, but I pretty sure I have read about some people having done it.
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I have a piece that I just tied to a slab of tree fern and it rooted and is thriving. So it should be possible to just put the cut end into medium in a pot, perhaps support the plant on something like tree fern that can retains some water (since there are roots all along the length of the rhizome) and it will, in fact, establish. The fact that it can be happy in a tiny pot shows that it isn't dependent on just the roots in the pot, but rather the roots the whole length of that rhizome with its multiple pseudobulbs are contribuiting.

Thinking about it some more, I have several other Maxillaria species with similar growth habits, that I have acquired from time to time, that also look like they were just whacked off a larger plant. Max. densa, Max. variabilis (several cultivars), Max. friedrichsthalii, and a monster Max. bradeorum. The Max bradeorum just keeps getting longer (it's mounted) and I never see roots at the bottom, or anyplace else, at all... so it's clearly absorbing water over its whole length which is now up to about 3 feet (1 meter) and only starting to branch a little. (Being vertical, it doesn't take up a lot of space) Max elatior is also like that.
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yes, we can confirm that this works with variabilis, as this was the only maxilaria species we had and this spring (march) we took 2 groups totaling about 12 cuttings and had a 100% success rate. even got flowers from one group of cuttings. for me, propping plants for over 25 years, i have seldom seen such easy veg propagation in any species.

edit to add, we cut them just at the base of the new groths, selecting more or less mature pbulbs with no visible roots, and then placed them in our normal phal mix with the bottom 1/4 to 1/2 of the bulb buried. within about 2 weeks, new growth was evident

2nd edit (arrrgggh, sorry ob) to add that after planting, we watered the cuttings on our normal once a week watering sched. with weak ferts and then kelpmax, increasing watering to 2x a week when it got warmer. now they are both living at different friends' houses so i can't say how they are doing :@
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