…because almost all of my Masdevallias are blooming now. I have an aquarius hybrid that has been blooming non-stop since May 2008! Another, a small Masdevallia guttulata – truly a perpetual bloomer – is working on on flower number 9 on the same inflorescence at the moment. Only the two winter blooming tovarensis are not in bloom right now. We’ve had a bit of a cold spell for a few weeks now and the Masdie collection is lovin’ it. I grow all my Masdevallia on the windowsill in sphagnum moss (a few in vulcaninc rock – an experiment).
The one I am the most excited about is actually a mistake. I got this in June from Orchidéhuset in Sweden, but Karge is the actual grower. I thought I had bought a Masdevallia calura, but now when the first flower appeared it is clear that it isn’t a calura but rather a rolfeana (thanks Daniel from Costa Rica for pointing that out). Both species are from Costa Rica and although similar in color, the shape of the flowers and their growing preferences are quite different. The small rolfeana enjoys windy cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2200 meters and blooms during the cold season. The mini calura prefer mountain rain forests at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters and flowers in the summer. Well, at least I have 1 to 3 successive flowers per inflorescence to look forward to with the rolfeana so that is a bonus. Even though it really bites when you don’t get what you order I cannot complain too much about this one, it is simply beautiful! …oh, but I still want a calura…
The other one I am really proud of right now is Masdevallia herradurae. I got this from Orchids & More last November. As soon as the temperatures dropped a bit this fall came the flowers. So far 6 deep burgundy flowers with orange tips and I think there might be more coming. This miniature warm to cool growing epiphyte grows in the mountains of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 500 to 2100 meters. It’s got a bit strange looking flowers that grow below leaf height. It is a floriferous species which means that even older leaves can bloom several years in a row. Nice.
On a sadder note, I think my little Masdevallia picturata finally kicked the bucket after battling some brown rot from this summer when it got a bit too hot and stagnant in the room… damn.