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Coconut Orchid

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Coconut Orchid

  • ​Common Name: Coconut Orchid
  • Scientific Name: Maxillaria tenuifolia
  • Family Name: Orchidaceae
  • Origin: Veracruz, Mexico
  • Height: 1’ – 2’
  • Width: 1’ – 2’
  • Growth: plant grows up and bushes at the same time, when planted in a wide basket they will grow very wide and when in a pot will grow upwards.
  • Zone: 9B - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade or Dappled shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  Low - None
  • Soil/PH/Texture: This plant is Epiphytic, so being soilless it will grow well in sphagnum moss, osmunda, fir bark, coconut husk fiber or chunks and of course, or fir bark mixes.
  • Soil Moisture: It likes to stay moist and will tolerate large amounts of water on its roots for short periods of time.
  • Drought Tolerance: Low - None
  • Pests/Diseases: unknown
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow, low maintenance
  • Characteristics: It has grass-like foliage, fragrant, showy red blooms have a spotted lip, are about 1” – 2”, and appear in March – April.
  • Propagation: by division of root ball (as simple as removing a single pseudobulb, some sphagnum and rooting hormone)
  • Wildlife: unknown
  • Facts: One of the most popular orchids because of its fragrance; the Coconut orchid smells just like a Pina Colada. It is recognized by its long, thin leaves and deep red blooms.
  • Designer Considerations: Hang in your trees, in wood displays on patio walls, or in hanging baskets or pots on your patio.