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Diodonopsis (Masdevallia) pygmea.

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Pontus_Sweden, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Pontus_Sweden

    Pontus_Sweden Active Member

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    Diodonopsis (Masdevallia) pygmea.

    A tiny species that´s quite hard to get to flower.




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  2. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Tiny indeed and I love the growths...I bought one this past March and it is also in bloom at the moment...
    BTW, Great photos!
     
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    Could you gentlemen please share some culture tips? I got one in June and it shows no sign of buds. What are the temps. and light that you give it?
    Pontus: those pictures are beautiful!
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I grow mine under bright shade, perhaps 1200FC. Temperature range is 55-75F.

    Pontus should have more details on the culture since he has been growing this one longer than I have.
     
  5. Pontus_Sweden

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    Thank you both!!! :D

    I grow mine i very light conditions. Between 15 and 30 cm under my Osram Dulux 80Watt lamps. I grow them all (Have now 6 plants) on Xaxim with a lot of moss. They need a lot of humidity but the flowers must not become wet to long.
    I have one plant that is growing on a big Xaxim trunk with a lot of moss and other orchid sp and that one hash´t flowered. It grows 135 cm below the lamps. So I think this sp needs some sun/light to be happy.

    I have mist during mid day in the vivaria from about 12.00 to 19.00. And a couple of showers a day. Cool air from outside from 21.00 hrs to about 04.00 hrs.
    The temperatures now in winter here in Sweden I have Max temp of about +19°C and min Temp gets down to around +12°C. In summer I have hard to get lower temp but this sp seems to like it then. Then my Max temp can be +25° down to +14°C. Depending how bad the summer is ;)

    I have seen then in Costa Rica in the wild. The grew up in a exposed tree. Lot´s of rain and fog. The winds were making that area very very humid. But as it grows very exposed there it dries up quite fast.
    Were I saw this sp is in the Tapanti mountains. I can give you the exact position if you ever go to Costa Rica. Easy to find :D

    Maybe your plant need some more time to start flowering. Be patient and one day soon you will enjoy some flowers.
    In what conditions do you grow your plant?
     
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    Here are some pictures from the area were I saw the plants. I took almost no pictures here because the weather was horrible. Sooooo much rain and fog and I was by my self in the forest. So I was focused on finding my way in the fog.
    Next time I will go up there and take some plant photos as there were many interesting sp up there.

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    Up on this ridge at about 1700 meters I found a lot of D pygmea plants. The were growing many meters up in a tree.

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    The only time it didn't pour down rain. This area gets over 7000mm rain/year. So it´s wet!
     
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    Did I understand right, that this is the only time during day/night, when there is fresh air intake to the growing tank? Thanks for culture tips!
     
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    Cryptic little guy. Thanks for all the info :)
     
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    Thank you Tom and Pontus. My little plant did seem happy, but I've changed its position. I had it growing in +/- 70% r.h., but I've moved it to an aquarium, where it sits on a wire cookie sheet about 3 cm. above the water, and close to the "fountain". I have recently acquired LED lights and so far my other pleurothallids seem to love it. Temps. are 19 - 22deg. C in the day. I hope it will now thrive.