Masdevallia mystica – 365 days of orchids – day 1258

I am getting carried away with yet another masdevallia today.

This wonderful small growing Masdevallia flowers on and off throughout the year. It is possibly a natural hybrid and is found in Colombian cloud forest. One parent is probably Masdevallia filaria that it grows amongst but the other possible parent is a mystery – hence the name.

At school we grow this species in baskets, mounted and in pots in Cool Americas and when kept cool and damp rewards us with vigorous growth and regular flowering.

At home I grow it on my Masdevallia Wall (below)

A recycled steel mesh against the old stone wall of my lean-to greenhouse provides room to hang baskets and mounts and very little space provides for a collection of hundreds of species.

I have just added a couple of masdevallia mystics plants to our shop.


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