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 Pittsburgh, PA.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

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Growing Variable Maxillaria in Pittsburgh right now

Light needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Pittsburgh, PA

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

August 5th, 2021

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

The availability of high quality sunli…

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Light needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Pittsburgh, PA

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 11% ☀️

August 5th, 2021

Pittsburgh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Pittsburgh is expected to decrease by 11% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 18.2 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Light needs for plant Variable Maxillaria in Pittsburgh, PA

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

August 5th, 2021

This month, Pittsburgh is getting an average of 11.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.4 total hours of da…

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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 Pittsburgh, PA ☀️.️

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.

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 Pittsburgh, PA, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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