Orchid Q&A

* Air Conditioning
* Ansellia africana
* Aquarium Water
* Brassavola Care
* Brassavola Little Stars
* Black Growths
* Brassavola Care
* Calanthe Culture
* Catts in Hawaii
* Change of Environment
* Coconut Husk
* Cymbidiella rhodocheila
* Cymbidium Care
* Cymbidium Foliage
* Culture of Alba Orchids
* Dehydration
* Dendrobium Care
* Dendrobium Repotting
* Dendrochilum magnum
* Dormancy
* Dry Conditions
* Encyclia lancifolia
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* Eulophia species
* Fertilizer Injector Dosage
* Flowering Vanilla
* Habenaria rhodocheila
* Holcoglossum kimballiana
* Inobulbum munificum
* Jewel Orchids
* Judging Orchids
* Leaf Color
* Leaf Residue
Leaftip Burn
* Liparis viridiflora


Maxillaria sophronitis
My plant of Maxillaria sophronitis is growing on a west-facing window, with a supplement of an HID lamp (HQL de luxe 125 watts) that stays on for 12 hours each day. The temperatures are 65º F during the day going down to 55º F in the night. Humidity is very high, never being less than 70 percent with peaks up to 100 percent in the morning. I fertilize it every week with a low concentration of 8-15-20. The plant looks great having, in the year and a half I have had it, more than doubled its size. During that time, it has produced three beautiful red flowers, but mostly I see the new pseudobulbs mature and then produce a new growth. — Sergio Teodosio



Maxillaria sophronitis, now correctly Ornithidium sophronitis Rchb.f., is an enigma to most people who grow it; very easy to grow, but producing only an occasional flower or two at widely scattered intervals. In our experience here in our greenhouse, it grows better cool and humid. Dunsterville writes in Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated that it grows on the "edge of cloud forest," but this talented author doesn't give an elevation. We have grown it into a large mat on a slab, keeping it cool and bright, but it rarely flowers, and even then only sparsely. We've never experimented with resting it, which doesn't seem warranted for a cloud-forest denizen. —
Ann and Phil Jesup

Ornithidium sophronitis grown by Dale Borders, photo © Greg Allikas

Orchid Q&A

* Masdevallia coccinea
* Mastering Miltonias
* Maxillaria sophronitis
* Mealybug Infestation
* Meristemming Monopodials
* Missing Pollen
* Night Length
* Night Lights
* No Flowers
* Non-flowering Doritaenopsis
* Oncostele Wildcat
* Oncidium Sharry Baby
* Orchid Honeydew
* Paphinia herrerae
* Paphiopedilum armeniacum
* Paphiopedilum delenatii
Phaius Culture
* Phalaenopsis Problem
Phalaenopsis Spiking
* Plant Sitter
* Psychopsis papilio
* Rainwater Collection
* Redwood Bark
* Re-rooting Plants
* Spotted Oncidum Leaves
Sticking Flowers
* Storing Pollen
The Larger the Better
* Vanda Keiki
* Virus Question
* Volck Oil Spray