growing cold climate masdevallias
Login
User Name
Password   


Registration is FREE. Click to become a member of OrchidBoard community
(You're NOT logged in)

menu menu

Sponsor
Donate Now
and become
Forum Supporter.

growing cold climate masdevallias
Many perks!
<...more...>


Sponsor
 

Google


Fauna Top Sites
LOG IN/REGISTER TO CLOSE THIS ADVERTISEMENT
  #1  
Old 11-20-2007, 07:32 AM
crestedgeckogal crestedgeckogal is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 13
growing cold climate masdevallias
Default growing cold climate masdevallias

Can anyone give me a few pointers? I am recieving in the mail tomorrow Masdevallia amanda from Andy's Orchids, and I just can't wait! My understanding is that it is a cold growing orchid, but unfortunately, I can't find any really good information on it. There is a book I was thinking of buying called "Masdevallias, Gems of the World" that I saw at amazon, does anyone know and like this book?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-20-2007, 11:10 AM
Tindomul's Avatar
Tindomul Tindomul is offline
Moderator
 

Join Date: May 2005
Zone: 7b
Location: Queens, NY, USA
Age: 41
Posts: 19,366
Default

Never hear of the book. Sounds cool though. With my limited experience I would say, keep the temps below 75 in the day and preferably around 70 and 55 to 60 at night.
Let the Masdies dry out at night. They don't seem to survive if kept wet even though they are high humidity lovers. Perhaps just adding lots of ventilation will do the trick? Lots of water and lots of air movement would be my next attempt at cold growing Masdies.
Also remember that water evaporates and as it does, it will cool your orchid. So perhaps it is possible to keep them at higher temps but allowing them to get wet and dry off would cool them off enough?
__________________
"We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?"

Goblin Market
by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-20-2007, 01:22 PM
shakkai shakkai is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Winchester, UK
Posts: 2,993
Default

More info on Masdevallia amanda can be found at:
IOSPE PHOTOS

It is also listed in the book that you mention, I'll copy the section into another post a little later after supper. I have the book, and if you are at all interested in growing in Masdies, its a good one to get.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-20-2007, 01:36 PM
shakkai shakkai is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Winchester, UK
Posts: 2,993
Default

Quote:
"The epithet for this species derives from the Latin amandus, meaning lovable. This species is variable in size and coloration and is found through all three cordilleras of Columbia to southeastern Ecuador at elevations ranging from 1700 to 2400m. In the wild, this species is found on exposed rock faces and tree branches in cool cloud forests. This cool- to cold-growing small epiphyte grows in dense clumps. The ramicauls are very short and almost inconspicuous, with oblong-elliptic leaves that attenuate to the shortly petiolate base. The leathery, clear green leaf has a rounded, slightly indented apex. The plant blooms on an erect, scapose raceme, 12 to 16 cm long, bearing three to four flowers held well above the leaves. The campanulate (bell-like) flowers appear mostly in winter and spring."
p 68-69. Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World. Mary E. Gerritsen & Ron Parsons. Timber Press, 2005.

In this book, cold growing is described as:
Day: 10-16C/50-60F
Night: 4-7C/40-45F

Cool growing is described as:
Day:10-17C/50-63F
Night: 7-12C/45-53F
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-20-2007, 01:40 PM
shakkai shakkai is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Winchester, UK
Posts: 2,993
Default

I would also add that I agree with Tin, 90% of the time if I'm having trouble with a Masdie, its because it didn't dry out overnight. You can't let it stay dry for too long, but the rhizome shouldn't stay constantly wet. (The roots can stay moist, but if the rhizome stays wet, in my experience either new shoots will rot or existing leaves will drop.)
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-20-2007, 02:04 PM
masda masda is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 221
Default

In New Zealand Masdeavillas are grown almost everwhere in cool conditions. I have grown them for over 20 years and have found that they grow best in damp sphagnum not soaking wet, this can be done by light watering 2 or 3 times a week, less in cooler months," never let the moss dry out" have good air movement and don't over feed as this is a cause of a lot of the problems that people have with them, feed every 10 days or so with half strength orchid food, they like liquid blood and bone , leaf drop is a sign that something is amiss with the roots. they can be repotted any time of the year. Remember that my growing conditions may not suit your conditions, so you create a micro climate suitable for you orchids. Happy growing and have a Merry xmas.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-20-2007, 07:49 PM
Bolero Bolero is offline
Senior Member
Australian Orchid Council Judge
 

Join Date: Sep 2006
Zone: 10a
Location: Geelong, Victoria
Age: 52
Posts: 2,479
Default

Masdevallias, Gems of the World is an awesome book and is pretty much the bible on these magic little plants. I grow close to 60 Masdevallias and I never get sick of growing them.

The advice given above is very good. I should say also that mine have hit 86F (30C) lately and seem to be coping ok. Some of them will tolerate warmer temps but if you want to grow them well, flower well and never lose leaves then you need some good culture.

As I said that advice given above sounds spot on.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-20-2007, 10:24 PM
crestedgeckogal crestedgeckogal is offline
Jr. Member
 

Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 13
growing cold climate masdevallias
Default Thank you!

I just want to thank everyone for helping me with this! I am getting my orchid tomorrow, so we will see how it works out! Have a happy thanksgiving everyone!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
book, cold, growing, information, masdevallias, climate


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What got you hooked growing orchids? Oscarman Beginner Discussion 132 02-06-2021 11:04 AM
How I grow Masdevallia's Bolero Pleurothallis Alliance 9 05-25-2010 07:39 AM
Global meltdown Tindomul Off Topic - Totally 105 05-14-2008 04:23 PM
Dracula inequalis - anyone growing it? swords Pleurothallis Alliance 4 08-17-2007 03:41 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:06 PM.

© 2007 OrchidBoard.com
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.37 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Clubs vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.