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Masdevallia strobelii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Dec 8, 2022.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Masdevallia strobelii blooming well after a few years of struggle.

    Masdevallia stroebeli. habit 3601.jpg
     
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    Nice! I just got one.

    Can you tell me anything special about this? Fragrance? Prefer being mounted?
     
  3. Arne

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    What a nice display.

    I have a plant and I thought it was the only Masdevallia species I could grow. Sadly even this one seems to be going downhill now. I have probably been giving it too much light… Or whatever… I cannot grow Masdevallia
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Daniel, while I can smell things, I don't have a good memory for scents. To me it is light and pleasant, but I can't say much more. I've grown Masd. strobelii both potted and mounted with equal success. I like the way it displays better when mounted.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Without knowing your conditions, it is hard to say. You can see the leaves on mine are a dark green. It does grow in shade. Water quality is very important to all cloud forest plants. But I do fertilze them regularly.
     
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    What a wonderful display!:clap:
    I also lost this one in a past.
     
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    Love this species. Yours is very well grown! Has a sweet scent of candy.
     
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    So beautiful! You are such a talented grower. :hearteyes:
     
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    It is the color of the leaves that makes me think that I have given mine too much light.
    Then my guess is that also water quality is an issue. We have very good water quality where I live but, of course, RO water is always better. I should invest in a system.
    Ray: maybe I’ll contact you about an RO system next year!
     
  10. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Do you fertilize regularly?
     
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    Yes, but I keep it at the low side - 25 ppm in every second watering.
     
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    25 ppm that's really low. I give around 90 ppm two times a month plus every week seaweed based foliar feeding.
     
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    Thanks. I will increase it.
     
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    Bravo. All I can do is join the chorus. I wish I could grow masdevallia, particularly this species, nearly this well.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Have you tried Masdevallia sprucei? It is a warm grower and really lovely.
     
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    Hi Marni, I have not. Thanks for the recommendation. I will check out sprucei.
     
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