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Masdevallia manoloi

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    This is one of my favorite Peruvian Masdevallia species. Blooms off and on during the year and can bloom quite heavily. I do not find any issues with it other than it does not like stale media so I repot it annually.

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  2. Mikhail kujawa

    Mikhail kujawa Well-Known Member

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    This is stunning Chuck!
     
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    What a great Masdevallia! Never seen this one before in culture. Another one for the (endlessly growing) wish list.
     
  4. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all. I purchased this plant about 4 years ago from Peruflora.
     
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    :) I wish to be able to grow masdevallia, too!
    I know that they need lower temperature, but I think that growing media / watering is a problem, too - :) at least for me: mine seem to always end up with rotted roots!
    What growing media do you use?
     
  6. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dana,

    For my conditions in the Northeast US, we can have some hot, humid days +30 C in the Summer (probably similar to you?). I do many things to keep Masdevallia cool (fog, evaporative cooler, strong air movement) but I also choose pots and media to help.

    All of the real cool growing plants are in clay (terra cotta) pots which help cool the root zone as water evaporates from them (I also use rain water, so very little salt build up on the outside of the pot).

    For media, I use a mix of New Zealand Sphagnum, tree fern fiber, Leca (expanded clay) and sponge rock. I find this mixture stays moist, but has good drainage and some evaporative cooling. Good drainage is important if there are warm/humid nights...as that is when root rot can happen fast.

    This works for me and maybe not for others. I do find that I cannot grow Masdevallia in bark or bark mixes (with very few exceptions).

    Chuck
     
  7. DanaRaluca

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    Hi Chuck,

    Thank you very much. This is very helpful to me.
    :) Yes, you are right: in Romania is also very hot (and dry) in the summer time.
    I suppose that the sponge rock and Leca are both small size? - the smallest size available in Romania is about 0.2" .
    I will keep your advises in mind. I have ordered 3 masdies for the end of this month, so it will be a good moment to experiment a better growing media than my rockwool mix.

    Thank you,
    Dana
     
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  8. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dana,

    I am not sure about the exact size. For the Leca, I can only get one size...it is a little bigger than I would prefer, but still works. For the sponge rock, I use a smaller grade for small plants, but a little coarser for large plants.

    What Masdevallia did you order? When I first started, a friend gave me easy ones and then I expanded from that.

    Chuck
     
  9. DanaRaluca

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    Hi Chuck,
    Thank you very much.
    I already have Masdevallia glandulosa - this seem to grow quite well, but in the winter it was too cold (electricity problems during our vacation) and it suffered a little bit.
    The second one I have is Masdevallia veitchiana. I've got it last summer, in a very bad shape - only one leaf, and all roots rotted. I thought it has no chance of surviving, but I felt sorry to throw it away. To my surprise, about 2 months ago it put out a new leaf.
    Both of them are in a mixture of rockwool, leca, perlite and charcoal.
    Now I have ordered Masdevallia datura, Masdevalia mejiana and Masdevalia garciae. ( :) I have a kind of obsession for fragrant orchids)
    What masdies do you recommend for a beginner?
    Thank you,
    Dana
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dana,

    I saw in another post that you grow in an apartment. How do you control heat and humidity for your Masdevallia? Unless you can get night temperatures low (10-12 C) you should look for more of the intermediate or even warm growers. I think mejiana and garciae should be good choices and another should be strobelii. Also, intracta and floribunda, although not fragrant as far as I know. You might also look at some of the hybrids as they tend to be easier than the species and you can use them to help perfect your culture.

    Also, your media seems like it would be good. I just have no experience rock wool.

    Chuck
     
  11. DanaRaluca

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    Hi Chuck,
    Thank you very much for the advises. I wrote down on my wish list the plants you have recommended to me. Masdevallia strobelii is on my list for some years already, but I don't want to buy too many plants from the start. I am afraid that I might kill them.
    I have just received the new masdies yesterday. I have neither tree fern fiber, nor sponge rock for the moment, so I potted them in a mixture of sphagnum and perlite. I hope they will like it.
    As to the humidity and temperature... :) do you read my mind? While opening this thread, I was asking myself how should I do about humidity and temperature. There were 16C(60F) and 88% humidity in the morning. Right now, while I'm writing,there are already 29C (82.4C), and the humidity dropped down to 32%. And it is only March! So I must find a solution for this! - We moved here 1 and a half year ago and the change of the balcony into a growing space is still in work...
    If I open the windows, the temperature is OK (I had maximum 29C last year during summer), but the humidity is very low then.
    I will probably buy a fogging system.
    Thank you once again. Your experience and kindness are very valuable to me.
    Dana
     
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    Hi Dana,
    You are thinking in the right direction . If you can control the heat and increase humidity by a combination of opening windows and fog or evaporative cooling, that could give you the environment you need for Masdevallia and other plants that like those conditions.