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Masdevallia constricta

This is a discussion on Masdevallia constricta within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; First bloom for me. It was a Peak Retail Season gift from my mother. I'm ...

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    First bloom for me. It was a Peak Retail Season gift from my mother.

    I'm not entirely happy with the picture; I think I'll try again later. It does give a pretty good idea of how freakin' cool the thing is. You can see the 'constriction' in the bloom on the right. Two more buds developing, and, as you can see, some nice new little leaves.

    http://www.dylansuzanne.info/gallery...album=6&pos=17

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    neat! yeah I would love to see a diferent pic where we can see the color a bit better.

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    Sue, that's awesome. Given the constriction in the flower, I'd be tempted to cross it with a Nepenthes!

    Definitely post another pic that shows it off better!

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    Two more pics of this one, in better lighting.

    First, a picture of the whole plant, now with three open blooms (two more on the way):


    http://www.dylansuzanne.info/gallery...album=6&pos=20

    And a picture showing off how the flowers look from different angles:



    http://www.dylansuzanne.info/gallery...album=6&pos=21

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    wow, really nice...great plant. is this one of those supposed 'warm tolerant' masdies? [i'm taking that to mean that it can be grown intermediate, not that it is actually a warm-range plant]

    nice pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteMc
    wow, really nice...great plant. is this one of those supposed 'warm tolerant' masdies? [i'm taking that to mean that it can be grown intermediate, not that it is actually a warm-range plant]

    nice pics.
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    From what I understand, there are actually a few warm-growing Masdies, but only a few. This one is an intermediate temp grower, which I have sometimes seen listed as "warm-tolerant."

    I've actually been having some trouble with it, despite the nice blooming. The leaves keep yellowing, then drying and falling. I don't think it's a lack of water; I tried drowning the thing and it kept happening. I think my next attempt to fix the problem will be to switch from Brita water to distilled water. Feh. Anyhow, any advice on this from anyone would be welcome.

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    thanks Sue - wish I could help, but so far I'm not growing any of these...good luck


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    edit; a quick search didn't turn up anything unusual; in what I did find there seemed to be a heavy emphasis on high humidity, of which you are probably aware. more info is on it's way to me...

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    Sue,

    You might want to try _____ at _______ Orchids. He's got a lot of Masdevallias and the constricta specifically. I've found him to be very helpful with culture questions.

    Julie

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    Yeah – I got it from him. The thing is growing fine overall . . . it's just a little unhappy. I don't know, maybe I should give them a call. I do know it got a couple of days of untreated hard water because my SO messed up while I was out of town. For all I know, it's still reacting to that.

    Feh.

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    Sue, you've put it in more light than those older leaves were acclimated to. In that kind of situation, the plant will ditch those leaves in a matter of weeks--sometimes days. They'll just yellow up and die. The newer leaves at the center look fine though: keep the plant damp; just tone down some on whatever it is that's giving toxic buildup at the tips. It might be the water, but maybe you're pushing with extra fertilizer since it's new.

    We have shows coming up and I seriously have no space. Otherwise I'd buy--those flowers are totally awesome.

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