The Masdevallia Orchid originates from Ecuador and Peru. Due to the flower shape it is known as the kite orchid.
This compact orchid should be grown in on a windowsill that is not in direct sunlight or near a radiator or other heat source. If the leaves turn dark green and become elongated the plant is in a position that has too little light which will also result in poor flowering. The plant should be moved into a brighter area. Too much light will cause the leaves turn yellow and if only a sunny windowsill is available bring the plant further into the room. The plants will benefit from a few degrees drop in temperature at night. A minimum temperature 10°C (50°F) at night should be maintained and must not be allowed to rise above 24°C (75°F) during the day. Allow plenty of room around the plant to ensure good air movement. Keep the compost evenly moist all year round, do not allow the compost to completely dry out or remain too wet. If kept too wet the leaves will turn yellow and the roots will rot. Feed the plant once or twice a month with a half strength balanced liquid feed when in active growth and once a month at other times.
This tropical plant should be regularly misted once or twice a day to maintain a moist atmosphere around the plant. It will also be beneficial to stand the plant in a saucer of gravel to which water is added, maintaining the level below the gravel surface to avoid the compost becoming over wet.
The Masdevallia orchid will need re-potting approximately every two years, when it has outgrown its pot. Re-potting is carried out in late winter or early spring using a pre-mixed orchid compost available from garden centres.