Sunday, December 11, 2011

Masdevallia Marguerite 'Pink Champagne'

This is the second time this Masdevallia has flowered this year (sadly just a single flower each time) - last time I didn't get around to taking a picture of the flower (surprising seeing as it was the first Masdevallia we ever bloomed, but it's been a crazy year). Masdevallia Marguerite is M. infracta x M. veitchiana. This is supposed to be one of the more forgiving Masdevallias with regards to temperature tolerance. I guess flowering is a good sign! I had this in sheet moss (what I had to hand - it arrived bare root), but decided that was no good and changed to sphagnum/perlite the other day. It's now also in a clay pot, which may help keep it a bit cooler now OOAB is heating up for the summer months. For some strange reason, this flower has decided to grow sideways!

Masdevallia Marguerite 'Pink Champagne'
Most Masdevallias repay close inspection with a fabulous assortment of coloured hairs and other minute decorations.
The purple hairs on this hybrid certainly do!