Masdevallia coccinea – 365 days of orchids – day 833


Our display features some very spectacular masdevallia species. These include the pink and white forms of Masdevallia coccinea.

This popular masdevallia species produces masses of large brightly coloured flowers in a range of colours including white, yellow, red and pink. It comes from Colombia and Peru where it grows in cool wet forest up to 3000m altitude. The long flower spikes hold the flowers well clear of the leaves for its humming bird pollinator.

We grow all of our Masdevallia coccineas in baskets and find that they enjoy the moist conditions and excellent drainage allowing the thick roots to flourish. Baskets also keep plants inaccessible from slugs and snails that are very partial to the root tips and new growths.


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