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Question Need advice PLEASE!

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,
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i would recommend having a look at the American Orchid Society web page this is what I found on Maxillaria
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Did not even think to look there! DUH!
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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.
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Yes, your C. Motte Spot x Hilo Grand is a Cattleya hybrid, as Sunshine says. Cattleyas as a group will require more light than phals, so look for a sunny spot in your home. The AOS has culture sheets for all the main groups of orchids, cattleyas included. It is a great place to start, but your local orchid society is even better, because experienced growers can answer specific questions.
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Maxillaria madida is actually a synonym. The accepted name for your orchid is Maxillaria subulata.
A good place to find information on species is Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia. (IOSPE) it can give you some idea as to what you have and what the plant needs. This is found in Brazil usually growing in and on rocks. Intermediate temps should work well. It's a small plant with small flowers and typically will bloom in spring if it's a bloom sized plant. Usually grows in shade so you can probably treat it like a Phal or Paph for its light needs.
Hope this helps you somewhat. But the IOSPE is a great place if you wantbinfo on species.


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Fishmom, Syndywindy, Sunshine, and Fred,
Thank you so much for the information! I have started a file with information for all my Orchids and you have helped so, so much!
I have been having trouble with my internet, so was unable to reply till now. I was able to "like" your posts, but could not reply till now.
THANK YOU so much!
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