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Help with Masd. leucantha

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    Default Help with Masd. leucantha

    Hi All,

    Went on a buying binge during one of the local show here and bought a masd leucantha which the vendor assured me was a warm growing masd. After repotting it and a week later, here is a pic of the sad little bugger



    Leaves are dropey and listless. They are also spotted and I hope its not mites.



    Did a quick check online and realize that I may not be able to provide it with the cool night temp it requires. I wonder if the problem is due to temperature and environment or is it something else.

    Appreciate any help you can give.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Ahh, I have a UFO identical to this! It was lovely when I bought it out of bloom, but I was struggling with it for months now. I put it in coconut husk on a clay saucer and it has turned a corner. New roots and the leaves have plumped up. I hope you can get this to live to flower so I can see if mine is the same, it would be nice to have a name for it.

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    I've been growing this species for a few months now and I decided to go ahead and mount it on a piece of treefern. I know this is counterintuitive as most masdevallias like to be potted in very moist medium (unless you can grow them in an orchidarium with very high humidity and air movement, in which case they love to be mounted), but the majority of the references I found about this species suggest it grows better mounted than in pots. I think it's now getting over the initial shock of being mounted and new leaves are starting to emerge, but it's still early days to say if the move was successful. You are right though, it seemingly likes it warmer than most of the other masdevallia species (by warmer I mean intermediate, not hot). Singapore seems a bit too warm I would say, but try to keep it shaded and in a moist environment (high humidity around the plant while avoiding soggy roots) and it should spruce up.

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    Well, I pulled the plant up yesterday and there are definitely signs of root problems. So like you, I planted it on a tree fern bark and placed it back into the pot and removed all sphag moss medium from it to try and keep it on the dry side of things for a couple of days. Will continue to monitor it and see how it goes.

    Thanks for the advise guys.

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    Good luck with this orchid!

    cheers,
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