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    I have a newish masdevallia and since I have acquired it, 2 leaves have turned yellow and come off, about 3-4 weeks apart. Is it too dry, wet, warm???? It is in a bark(?) charcoal mix that I water twice a week and I mist it twice a day to keep the humidity up. Should I repot in sphagnum?

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    What helped me with my Masdevalia was to put the pot it is in inside a larger pot (a waterproof one) that has gravel in the bottom. The plant is above the bigger pot, but it seems to keep the humidity up and its a lot happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    What helped me with my Masdevalia was to put the pot it is in inside a larger pot (a waterproof one) that has gravel in the bottom. The plant is above the bigger pot, but it seems to keep the humidity up and its a lot happier.
    Thank you. I will try that. Do they prefer bark mix or sphagnum?

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    Bark or sphagnum is pretty dependent on your circumstances. Mine is in med bark with some sphagnum. I lost half the plant the week I got it home though, so yours is doing better than mine did! I've kept it alive for a year and gotten some growth on it, but not rebloomed it yet. It is VERY dry here, humidity is an issue. I keep it where I will see it and check it and water it when it needs it. I'm not a great expert on Masdevalias, but glad I was able to keep it alive!

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    Where do you live? What is your growing environment? I have a massy that is very happy in Orchiata, and I leave it outside unless it gets down to near freezing. They like cool conditions, humidity and air. I live on the coast, so my humidity outside is nearly always well over 60%. I had a flower spike, but it damped off. A grower said that it was common for first massy spikes to do so. But is has put on more leaves, so am expecting good results.

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    I am kind of centrally located within the state of Montana, so it's pretty dry here. I keep the orchid in my office with a/c on during the day in the summer so it stays fairly cool, but I know it's dry. That's why I try and mist it twice a day. I like the idea of putting it in another vessel on top of gravel with some water in it. The next time I get to the city, I will have to stop somewhere and get aquarium gravel. That's what I used to use back in WI, that and old, beatup loaf pans to set the pots in.

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    I have a serious collection of large containers that used to have potato salad in them, I'm using them for S/H pots. I have plastic trays that roasted chickens come in, they make great plant trays! By all means, up the humidity! I used aquarium gravel too!

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    Hi Carol,

    good to note that you recycle containers.

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    I live way out in the country in a very small town, you learn to recycle if you want to get things done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    I live way out in the country in a very small town, you learn to recycle if you want to get things done!
    I so get this.

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