Masdevallia burslaffiana – 365 days of orchids – day 1309

This small growing floriferous Masdevallia is new to 365 days of orchids. The species has 1cm wide flowers in profusion and with leaves just 5cm long will; make a wonderful specimen when larger.

The species is native to Mexico and Guatemala and research suggests it is variable in colour from yellow to red. Our culture suggests that the plant is not to fussy about temperature and copes well with warm summer days without showing any signs of heat stress. We grow the species in baskets and pots and keep it wet throughout the year.

One great bonus of growing masdevallias is that there are always species in flower. This one is a regular summer flowerer with us and the flowers are long lasting, so there will still be blooms when students return for the Autumn term in September.


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