Growability scale = 3 (1=easy, 10= very difficult)
Photo This Masdevallia may be one of the most floriferous in the genus, not surprising since it's kissing cousin is named Masd. floribunda. The plant is short, leaves 3-5", and when well grown is fast growing, reaching a very respectable size in just a few years. The specimen shown in the photo grew from 5 growths to 50+ in 2 years. Each growth produces one short spike and one whitish/cream bloom riddled with spotting. Since the spikes are short, it's necessary to pot the plant high up to ensure that the blooms will clear the rim. We grow these in Sphagnum, repotting every 6 months. Clay pots are preferred to prevent the media from staying soggy. They easily tolerate temps on the high side of intermediate. Ours see temps of 90 on most summer days even though they are grown in rather deep shade. Keep just damp at all times and watch for slug or snail damage.
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