How to Care for a Masdevallia Orchid

Overview

The masdevallia orchid is one among many orchid types. Just as beautiful as all of the others, the masdevallia orchid blooms in vibrant shades of pink, red and orange. These orchids originated in the South American area and were found growing in highly elevated, cool forests where the humidity stays around 70 percent. These orchids can thrive in medium to low light, cooler temperatures and high humidity, so keeping them as house plants can be an easy task with the right materials.

Step 1

Plant the orchid in sphagnum moss potting mix to ensure proper growth requirements are met. Place the orchid in an area that holds a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Water the orchid frequently to maintain the moisture content the orchid needs to grow. The soil around the orchid should always be moist to the touch. Water the orchid using pure water such as distilled water, or collected rain water.

Step 3

Mist the orchid daily to keep the humidity around the orchid hovering at 70 degrees F. If available, place a humidifier in the room where the orchid is growing.

Step 4

Fertilize the orchid using a fertilizer specially designed for orchids such as Green Jungle Orchid Food. Orchid fertilizers are usually designed with the orchid's requirements in mind. You can purchase orchid food at your local garden specialty store.

Things You'll Need

  • Masdevallia orchid
  • Sphagnum moss potting mix
  • Water
  • Misting bottle/humidifier
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Beautiful Orchids: Masdevallia Care Instructions
  • Orchid Web: Masdevallia Care
Keywords: Masdevallia Orchid Care, Growing Masdevallia Orchids, Orchid Growing Basics

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.