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Masdevallia - should I be worried

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    Default Masdevallia - should I be worried

    Anyone have an idea why the leave yellowed and dried so quickly (1 week)? This is my first Masd. so I'm not really sure if I did something wrong.
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    IT looks like it is potted in pure spag! I would put it into a fine bark mix with a couple of peanuts in the bottom of the container. It looks like it is staying too wet.

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    I've since ripped it out and here's what the poor roots look like. I've potted it a smaller pot and in paph mix (fine bark / perlite / charcoal / chopped sphag) I've only had it for a week so it's not like I killed the roots, there just weren't any to begin with. You think I should be checking with the grower if these are normal practices? It's my first masdie so I don't want to lose it.
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    The plant looks okay for the most part. I bet with the new mix it will be fine. I cannot tell from the photo how many good roots are there, but if there are a few good roots you can probably save it.

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    Make sure it is not in a draft at all, I had one of my masdies in the kitchen by the back door and its leaves yellowed and fell off, since I moved it ,it has not lost any more leaves.

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    Richard, I don't know anything about masdies and can't help... I just wanted to wish you good luck!

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    Hi Richard
    What is it for a Masdevallia ?
    They are different in cultivation .
    Sphagnum is okay ,but not to wet .Wet for ironing ,(I don´t know this word in english ? )is okay and never dry out .
    Some Masden should be cool and some are warm in cultivation ,but all shady .
    High humidity is essential .
    I hope it can help you ?

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    I can help with the German-English transfer if you like....

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    My masdevallia get very upset if the air around them is stale. I keep them near the fan so their foliage is always has some movement. They grow like weeds this way but you do have to water more.

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    It's an Ahlenberger Vollmond which is strobelii x schroederiana and I was told that it's one that likes medium temperatures.
    I repotted in paph mix (fine bark / perlite / charcoal / chopped sphag) and it's hit with a fan for about 6-7 hours a day.
    I think there are about 3-4 good/okay roots left.
    I didn't want to clean the middle too much since I don't even know how the leaves are held together, do they have a tiny rhizome or something like that?

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