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Originally Posted by Orkid Momma View Post
I am a newbie to growing Orchids. So far, I have 2 Phals and they seem to be doing good, not dying, throwing new spike and flower buds. Phals I have a pretty good idea of what I am doing. (at least I think I am doing ok with them).

My hubby ordered me 2 new Orchids online, and they are my anniversary present(early). He bought them because he thought they were pretty, but he doesn't realize that not all Orchids are the same.

One is a C. Motte spot x Hilo grand, and the other is a Maxillaria madida. I cannot seem to find a lot of info on how to take care of them.
Are they Species? Hybrids?

If anyone can help me get some information I would greatly appreciate it! He paid a lot for these two plants, and I am totally unfamiliar these.

Like what is best potting medium, how much/often to water, light, how often to
fertilize them, and any tips or tricks to make sure I don't kill them.

I realize he was trying to make me happy, but to spend that much money, I don't want to see them die in a few months.
It will also help me in my education on Orchids, and I am doing all the reading and video watching trying to understand these wonderful plants!

Oh, and the plants will be here by Saturday,
Happy Birthday. Orchids are very expensive and I can tell you from experience when a orchid has a hefty price tag and it dies it's scary. But
figure out what you did wrong, pick yourself up and try again. Google is your friend. If you see something you just gotta have Google it. You will see pictures and you can also find culture pages.

C. Motte spot x Hilo grand,is a nice hybrid. It took me awhile to figure out the difference between hybrid and species. Here's what I figured out.

Hybrid- I can pronounce the name and the first letter of each name is a capital.

Species I am going to use Maxillaria madida as an example. The first letter of the plant name is a capital. The second name is all small letters and can't always pronounce it.

If your grow in your home learn your growing requirements. Temperature. Light and humidity.
Temperature Ranges

The best way to learn is join your local orchid society.
Penny and Mosey
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