THE HOME OF ORCHIDS & CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
Growing orchids with Mick
The site is primarily for beginners to the wonderful world of Masdevallia Orchids, commonly known as the Kite orchid.
Pronounced: Mas-de-VAL-lee-ah, these are the miniature jewels of the orchid world native to the cloud forests of the higher altitudes of the Andes Mountains, from Peru to Venezuela & widely found from Mexico south through to tropical south America they are not the easiest orchids to grow be with the right conditions will acclimatise to your growing conditions remember their requirements are cool temperatures, high humidity, good air movement, regular feed and watering and most importantly good drainage.
A good healthy Masdevallia starts with a good root system and these should be kept moist at all times, watering in the early morning and allowing to dry during the day so during the night they are damp not soggy wet, ideally grown in small pots for the plant size in either pure sphagnum moss or a mixed media, I use small bark, perlite and a small amount of Sphagnum moss and I repot on an annual basis to prevent the media breaking down. All the books say a good humidity range is between 70 / 90%, so I keep mine at 70% or at least I try to, the summer heatwave of 2018 was a nightmare not just for my Masdevallia but other orchid collectors suffered during this period.
I have started a YouTube channel where I post regular videos to accompany this site it includes, regular updates, care guides, growing tips, blooms, and greenhouse and would love to see more Massie Lovers Subscribe and follow me in my journey of growing these beautiful orchids as someone once said “The Gems of the orchid world”. This in my opinion is a beautiful statement.
I have also created an Instagram account for displaying my latest blooms and again it would be great to have you follow me, check me out on my Social Media page above, future plans are to start a Facebook group where we can all share our Masdevallia experiences good or bad and help each other.
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Masdevallia and Dracula orchids, natural habitat is throughout Central and South America and can be found as far north as southern Mexico and southward to Peru.
However, some grow in warmer and somewhat drier conditions where the plants do get some drying between rains.
The colours and flower shapes are amazing. Some of the new hybrids have been found to have more vigour, making them easier to grow and bloom while retaining the intriguing colours and shapes.