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Any Tips for growing Masdevallia?

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    Default Any Tips for growing Masdevallia

    Hi Everyone,
    Well, I've been taken over by Orchid Fever! I bought my first one last May and last night typed up my current list of orchids...45!!!! I hope I haven't jumped into the deep end too early!
    I have recently acquired several Masdevallia orchids. They are all the compact growing variety. I would appreciate any tips anyone could give me on growing these interesting little plants.

    Thanks in advance for your help and a big Thank You for the help on my two previous threads!

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    I don't grow these..but they do require high humidity and intermediate/coolish temperatures. They also need to be kept fairly evenly moist.

    These are generalizations....(I am sure there are probably exceptions.)

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    Thanks clint..I appreciate any advise. Have a great weekend!

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    hope this helps .It's taken from

    Jay's Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia - M - Max


    This genus are as a whole, cool to cold growers that do best with a fine mix in pots. They like low light, high humidity and watering throughout the year but be careful not to overwater. They are a new world genus of 350 species and are found from Mexico to the southern Andes. The highest concentration of species is found from Venezuela to Peru through the Andes foothills and highlands.

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    I have got one sick Masdevalia in very poor condition... All roots are dead and plant has only 2 leaves... I think that there is no chance for it to survive but I hope it will...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aleksa View Post
    I have got one sick Masdevalia in very poor condition... All roots are dead and plant has only 2 leaves... I think that there is no chance for it to survive but I hope it will...

    pot into a very small pot and keep it very humid - in the order of 80%

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    Hi Center Harbor,

    I was up your way last week, and I'll be back up there in the next few weeks with more book promotion. (PM me if you want details.)

    Masd's like cool and moist conditions. They're tough to grow without a cool case. Species particularly! Some of the hybrids are more tolerant to warmth, but I have a terrarium in northern MA where I can keep high humidity year round, and the warmer tolerant Masd's slowly croak through the summer months.

    It doesn't happen all at once, but their resentment grows and festers, and then WHAM! They up and die on you.

    Properly potted, they're in a tree fern or a very open mix. The roots like moisture, but need constant air, thus an open mix.

    Depending on the breeding of your plants, they'll want cool to cooler temps, but summer temps in NH will not be acceptable if you don't have a cool case for most species, and many hybrids.

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    I've given up on masdies because I cannot provide the conditions on the NY windowsill. but everybody tells me that *most* of them are very easy growers if you 1. keep the humidity UP, i.e. 65-80%, and meet the temperature requirements, which range considerably. Most however are intermediate and/or cool growers.

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    aloha-i grow a lot of masdevallias and would suggest the following:
    underpot them, keep them constantly moist but still well drained and grow them COOL. most all of these things like it cool. a lot of people will tell you intermediate or "warmth tolerant" there are a couple but the vast majority like it really cool. you will have less leaf issues and bigger better colored flowers. also if you keep leaf temps cooler you can grow them a little brighter..

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    I have 10 masds by now and I grow them inside a fish tank in my office in NJ. The humidity in the fish tank is 70-90%, they are in clay pot filled with tree fern with a thin layer of sphag on the top. I water them daily. The temperature in my office at this time is 70F/day, 60F/night (or lower). This is the time to nurish their root back to healthy so they can handle the heat better in the summer. I also have two mounted on cork and they are doing very well.

    I have two potted in pure sphag and put them in another fish tank in my home which is a lot warmer both in the winter and summer. These two are not having goods roots although they kept flowering for me. Pure sphag is not good for masd since they turn sour very quickly in high humidity conditions. Tree fern, fine bark and perlite are better as a medium for masd.

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