Monday, August 23, 2010

Masdevallia Angel Tang

Masdevallia Angel Tang - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMasdevallia Angel Tang was one of my very first orchids. She bought it at a farmer's market in Santa Cruz, CA. The vendor assured her that it would be easy for me to grow and he was probably right in the Pacific coastal region. Napa is not coastal and few people grow Masd here. It never bloomed indoors and was hard to keep from drying out. Once it went into the intermediate greenhouse it perked up and became a reliable bloomer in a cool microclimate.

Masdevallia Angel Tang - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have had varying success with the subtribe Pleurothallidinae species in the greenhouse but they are getting harder and harder to keep alive as the greenhouse climate has changed. The last 12 months the base temperature has been higher with wetter summers and dryer winters. With a minimum temperature set at 62 degrees, it is no longer an intermediate greenhouse. Through all that, Masdevallia Angel Tang has done better than most and is in bloom now.

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