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Masdevallia deformis

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by mini-catts, Dec 5, 2008.

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  1. mini-catts

    mini-catts Member

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    This is one of my favorite Masdevallias for it's stunning color and presentation.
    The flower spike comes out horizontally and then the flower sort of hangs in mid air. The color is a blood red lipstick!
    This is a cool grower and unfortunately suffere much during my hot summers. It dropped more than half of its leaves. I hope it recovers...:confused:

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    Enjoy!
    Peter T.
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    very nice. Any tips for getting this one to bloom?
     
  3. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It is a very nice Masd. species indeed. Great job, Peter.
     
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    I love this, and nice photo too
     
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    I'm not sure i did anything special to get this to bloom. It just did! Do you have one that has not bloomed? I remember this bloomed in the spring.
    Peter T.
     
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    This is not the easiest Masdevallia to keep going. I've found it does very well with cool nights: 50 F more or less in the winter. Daytime highs are usually mid 70's to low 80's in the summer, but sometimes spike higher. Moderately bright light seems a key for me to bloom it (didn't bloom for years once my fiberglass was old). But bright light can overheat the plant if you can't keep the temperatures down. I now grow it mounted (on cork or bark) with just a bit of moss at the base of the plant. Daily water with (drum roll, please) good quality water. Watch out for moss creep that starts to smother the plant.

    Peter, I can't tell from the image, is it potted in the terra cotta pot or is a plastic pot the growing container? It is a great species, and I see you have more than one flower.
     
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    Marni, it's potted in a net pot, that's then placed in the clay pot. I find that this produces a very humid area between pots, which encourages roots to grow out of the net pot.
    Yes, it HAD 3 flowers at once! but i failed to keep it cool enough in the summer...boo hoo...
    It's holding on for dear life now.
    Peter T.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Peter, I too grow a lot of things (more and more as time goes by) in a net pot inside another, though usually plastic in my conditions, to give the roots that choice of in the medium or out in the humid air. I don't grow much in terra cotta, but was wondering if you would have more cooling at the roots if the moss was in contact with the clay to increase evaporation and therefore cooling.
     
  9. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    That is a nice one Peter...I love the color and the presentation too
     
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    Yes, i do believe the pot in a clay pot promotes both humidity and cooling to the root zone. I live in So. California where is can get quite hot and dry, and this kind of double potting does help during these periods.
    I love to pull out the plant and see the live roots growing out and around the net pot!
    Peter T.
     
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    Wendy H Just me

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    Beautiful!
     
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    Forrest Really Neat

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    Thanks for the culture tips.

    I have had mine for a couple of years I think. No blooms yet. Perhaps it is not cool enough where it is at. I will have to check.

    I like the pot in a pot idea. I have seen it, but I always figured it was for stability on the bench, I actually never considered that there could be cultural merit. I learn something new everyday. Thanks folks.
     
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    I like this one a lot!