Plant Care Variable Maxillaria

Variable Maxillaria


Maxillaria variabilis

How to care for Variable Maxillaria


How often to water your Variable Maxillaria

Water needs for Variable Maxillaria
0.5 cups
every 7

Variable Maxillaria needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Oakland, CA.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Variable Maxillaria

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Variable Maxillaria in Oakland, CA

Oakland, CA

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Growing Variable Maxillaria in Oakland right now

Light needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Oakland, CA

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

July 27th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight…

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Light needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Oakland, CA

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 5.1% ☀️

July 27th, 2021

Oakland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to decrease by 5.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Oakland, CA

Daylight will decrease by 0.5 hours 📉

July 28th, 2021

This month, Oakland is getting an average of 13.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 3.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.6 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Variable Maxillaria in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Variable Maxillaria: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Variable Maxillaria may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Oakland, CA ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Variable Maxillaria thrive 🌿!


How to fertilize Variable Maxillaria

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Variable Maxillaria: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Variable Maxillaria after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Variable Maxillaria

Nutrient needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Oakland, CA

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

July 28th, 2021

The growing potential in Oakland is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any p…

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Care Summary for Variable Maxillaria

Variable Maxillaria

Variable Maxillaria

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Oakland, CA, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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