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Masdevallia datura

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    This has always been one of my favorite Masdevallia species. A cool grower from Bolivia. Normally, I only get 3-5 blooms on this plant so in November I hung it a little higher in the greenhouse for the winter. I also cleaned the glazing in December and I think it got a little too much light for the foliage. I have since moved it to more shade and the new leaves starting have a pleasant green color. Next winter I will try to find a happy compromise on the light levels .

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  2. ezluckyfreee

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    I really love this one, hopefully mine blooms soon.

    Do you treat it different from other masdevallias? I've heard it should dry out faster.
     
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    Yes...that was another reason for hanging higher in the Winter, so it wouldn’t stay wet. Over the years I have had occasional sudden leaf drop and it seemed to coincide with extended cold and wet.
     
  4. wpinnix

    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Chuck, is this fragrant? I have a datura hybrid that has a pleasant fragrance.
     
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    So beautiful! Thank you for the photos and for the cultural details.
     
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    Very nice flowering on this plant, not the easiest one to grow. I have a small plant, its growing well, but a bit to small to flower. I've read they need a big difference between day and night temperatures. Interesting to learn that they also need a lot of light during winter for abundant flowering.
     
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    Happy plant! Thank you for sharing.
     
  8. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bill, I will check...was away on business this week.
     
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    I’vebeen Looking for this one. Yours is wonderful!
    Is it true that it was extirpated from its natural habitat because of urban sprawl? Anybody?
     
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    Hi Bill, I checked yesterday and only a faint fragrance during the day, but towards evening it became more noticeable. A nice sweet fragrance.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Gerrit, In the greenhouse, there is usually a big day/night difference when there is a sunny day (+20 F). As for more light, I also think it is perhaps because days are short and cloudy in the Northeast US in the Winter...and maybe it is just more sensitive to light deprivation :).
     
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    :) Thank you, too for this info! I just love fragrant orchids.