Being a plant that grows high in the Andes Mountains, it tends to be a cool to cold growing plant. In my greenhouse, it’s never very cool and rarely cold except for the winter. I grow this plant in a plastic basket to allow it to drain thoroughly because it stays constantly wet. It sits where the humidifier puts out its fog which helps to keep it cooler than it might otherwise be. Like most of my orchids, it rarely gets fertilized but it does get plenty of water. Thankfully, this orchid is pretty easy to grow, even for a beginner, and tends to be pretty forgiving of neglect. This is a great orchid to have in your collection.
Care for this orchid is similar to other Masdevallia orchids. Here is the care information for these orchids.
Cool to Cold
These plants grow in bright shade or diffuse, bright conditions.
These plants tend to prefer 40-70% humidity with excellent air movement. Due to the lack of pseudobulbs, the plant should not be allowed to dry out completely between watering.
½-¼ strength balanced fertilizer every other week. Flush thoroughly between fertilizer applications to wash away any built up salts as they are intolerant of salt buildup.
Potting can be done at any time of the year except during periods of high temperature as these plants grow continuously. They can be mounted if adequate water and humidity are provided or they can be potting in small pots of rapidly draining water-retentive epiphytic mix such as tree fern or a fine fir bark, perlite, charcoal mix or sphagnum moss. Clay pots can be used if plants can be watered sufficiently.
Up to twice a year. Flowers on new growths as they mature.