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Masdevallia patula

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Forrest, Dec 28, 2008.

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  1. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    I am having issues with successfully blooming this one. I am growing it cool, in brightish light. It grows very well and sends out tons of spikes. The spikes will begin to form a bud, then blast and dry up.

    Humidity is generally over 80% at all times. High in the location it is at never goes over about 80 or 82.
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't grow it bright, more in moderate shade. What is the night temperature? The temperature should be fine.

    All of you guys seem to know the relative humidity, I may have to check mine one day.
     
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    I guess brightish is kinda subjective. I would say bright shade, but everytime I use that descriptor someone pipes in with WTF is bright shade. :D

    Leaves on the plant are a moderate green, not super light, not super dark.

    Night time temp probably sees a low of about 52 maybe 50.

    I dont know how important it is to know RH if you know it is in a good range, but I know from a probe I was using so for troubleshooting I find that it is good information.
     
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    I think if you hadn't said what your humidity was, you would have had a lot of people saying low humidity was the problem.

    That said, I had a friend who blasted all his dracula spike until he lowered the amount of air movement. His place used to be a wind tunnel, now its a gentle breeze.

    Kyle
     
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    :D That is exactly why I said what the RH was. Thanks Kyle.

    My plant is actually in a very low air flow area. It is not in the direct path of the fan and has little to no perceived movement in the foliage due to airflow.
     
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    What else close by is doing well? Is it mounted? If potted, what is it in? How long has it been doing this or, better said, how long have you had it?
     
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    Forrest Really Neat

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    lets see, close by is Masdevallia exquisita, which is in flower now. Masdevallia papillosa, in spike and I few other species that I cant recall off the top of my head.

    It is mounted on cork with sphag. I have had it I think a bit over a year, maybe a year and a half?
     
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    Forrest, are the buds blasting, or are they getting eaten? I've had problems with slugs eating Masdie buds. The buds are there one day, gone the next, gnawed down to a stub. Often there's a slime trail.
     
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    blasting it would appear. I dont see any mechanical damage.
     
  10. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Your clone sucks.
     
  11. Forrest

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    lol. I am starting to think that is the case.
     
  12. Marni

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    Has it ever bloomed? Actually opened?
     
  13. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    not in my care.
     
  14. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    So it is either you or the clone. Personally, I'd blame the clone.

    Here is one in bud, growing on grape vine
    m.patula.stpt.12.31.07.jpg
     
  15. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Please post pictures when it flowers, Marni. Then Forrest can show the pictures to his plant.
     
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    It's posted. Good luck with the training.
     
  17. Forrest

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    :D
     
  18. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    LOL! I want one! (That blooms...)