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Old 11-21-2008, 11:52 AM
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Malibu Masdie - what color are your leaves?

so my plant has been enjoying its view form the East window. i see several new growths at the base, both in front and behind it.

the leaves are a lovely lime-ish green, much lighter than the green they were originally.

i take this to be a good sign, yes? what color is everyone else's? other Masdie growers, i'm sure this means that the plant is taking in the maximum amount of light?
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:21 PM
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I can't speak specifically to the herradurae but on my other masdies I back off the light when they turn the lime-ish color.

My herradurae is still the same color it was when I received it. Hopefully Joe will see this and respond.

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New leaves come in as a light greenish yellow color then they turn a darker green. If your old leaves are turning yellow from the base then that's not good. remember these are low light plants. if its the new leaves that are light green then you should be fine. As long as you are getting new growths you should be OK. try posting a Pic if you can
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:45 PM
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should the older leaves be a darker green? they're lighter than they were before but definitely not yellowing.

i'll post a pic when i get home today. so far it seems really happy, otherwise, i'd imagine it would not be producing more leaves at the base.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:14 PM
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Could it be producing leaves out of desperation? Mine is the same color from when I got it, and it is making new growth.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:56 PM
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i dunno... i just looked at the first picts i posted of it and frankly... it kinda looks to be the same color as what it is now i guess a more definitive answer will come tonight with picts.

comparing it to the color that everyone else seems to be posting w/c is a darker green, mine was a lighter color upon arrival.

but i guess growth is a good thing so i shouldn't be too worried.
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I just looked in a magazine about masdevallias and all the really well grown plants were fairly darkish green (a few were light green but I wouldn't say "lime" green). I don't think you have a problem if the plants seem healthy but the pros seem to grow in a little less light, at least those ones do.
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Old 11-21-2008, 05:13 PM
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thanks, LouisW.

i'll move this to another location, just in case. i don't mean Hi-Liter lime green, just somewhat lighter than everyone else's.

have a look - here's mine:



compared to say, Patti's:

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picts from today...

here's an accurate set.

certainly lighter than everyone else's. but i think he's happy
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my massie leaves are light line-green when they first emerge then they get darker as they mature. I bet the light environment has a lot to do with this and I suspect there's a lot of variation in peoples' experiences and from plant to plant.
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Your plant looks just fine I would not worry about it at all it looks happy.
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thanks, all!

agreed, there are too many variables to compare between those growing this. i appreciate everyone's feedback
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Yours looks good to me.....compared to mine. As I posted elsewhere, I lost half my leaves. Heat? It's hanging in there. I see you repotted. Should I go ahead and repot to a bark mix?
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Amersault~ Yours looks about the same color as mine. I wouldn't worry about it. As long as it doesn't drop leaves, you're fine.

Lmartiny~ If you haven't checked the roots, go ahead and do so. If the moss stays too soppy for too long, then there is a chance that the moss might rot the roots. A bark mix might be better for you. I have mine in a cochusk, perlite, moss, charcoal and hydroton mix. This is doing well for me, and I have a dry enviroment. (go figure ) My other one is in S/H, and it too is doing fine.
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Looks good to me, wouldn't change a thing.
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I think it looks fine! The lighting from the photos may just be different. Yours looks great to me!
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Yours looks good to me.....compared to mine. As I posted elsewhere, I lost half my leaves. Heat? It's hanging in there. I see you repotted. Should I go ahead and repot to a bark mix?
i remember your dilemma. i haven't repotted and continue to kept mine in sphag bc it was the only way i could guarantee constant moisture and humidity. i recall you posted you lost leaves bc the plant got knocked over. now might be a good time to repot in the medium of your choice - sphag, fine bar, etc.

post picts of yours so the rest of the group can chime in.
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quick update: lost 2 leaves...

i knew it may come to this, but w/ the heater kicking in the air has gotten drier, even w/ my added humidity tray. that and the heat from the vent heats the room pretty quickly.

so those 2 forever unfurling leaves are slowly shrivelling.

however, the new growths front and back are still safe and there.

i've moved the plant to the lowest tier, close to the floor as Fred does, to keep it cooler.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:46 AM
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Amersault, somehow I missed your earlier post from Nov. I think leaf drop may have been from heat when i first got it and they fell clean off when I tipped it over. I haven't repotted yet. Just moved it inside onto a shaded south window. I stuck a skewer in it and have been a little easier with the water. No further loss, but no new growth. Not much to look at, but I'll try to post a pict in a day or so.
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