Masdevallia Culture

[Mas–de–vahl–ee – ah] Masdevallias come from tropical South America but live in higher elevations which are similar in climate to Tasmania. Plants can be epiphytes, lithophytes or terrestrial. They generally have upright stems at varying heights, each with a single bloom, though there are species that have multiple blooms on shorter stems. Their leaves are green, stiff and fleshy. The blooms come in a rainbow of colours from white to very deep burgundy.

Masd. (strobellii x welischii) 'Pacifica'

Protect from frosts and heat. They require good sunlight in winter but shade in summer. Mist on hot days. Verandas, patios and other enclosed or semi enclosed areas with a good air movement are suitable

Potting Mix

Spagnum moss is ideal as is small grade composted pine bark. 100% manfern mulch can also be used but be careful of water logging. No orchid likes to grow in mud like mix.


October is ideal, when new white roots are developing. Ensure that the potting mix covers all the roots but don’t bury the crown of the plant in the mix or they may rot. Avoid repotting or dividing up in Summer and Winter


Watering is critical for these plants as they have minimal water-storage tissue. The potting mix must drain well, never place saucers under your plant. Don’t allow your plant to dry out and  ease off the watering during winter.


Specific Orchid Fertilizers are availible, use these according to directions. General fertilisers can be used but use it at approx ½ strength. Sea weed or worm juice  is also useful.


Mainly in spring and autumn. Can be spasmodic during the year and more than once is common


Slugs, snails, aphids, mealy bugs etc. Use insecticides such as Eco Oil according to instructions. CHECK PLANTS REGULARLY!