Dracula Bella (BS)
Dracula Bella BS in a 11cm pot with Sphagnum moss.
Common Name The Beautiful Dracula
Flower Size to almost 9" [to almost 22.5 cm]
Found in dense cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a fragrant, small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphytic species with coarse roots and a short leafy stem enveloped by loose basal sheaths and carrying a single, erect, thin coriaceous, elliptic-oblanceolate, acute to obtuse, petiolate base leaf blooms in the winter through spring on a pendulous, short to 7" [17.5 cm] raceme that arises from the base of the pseudobulb and carries a single, nodding flower.
Min Temp 7C
Max Temp high 20s C
Humidity above 75%
Growing Notes from AOS
Masdevallia & Dracula
Masdevallia, a genus of some 350 species usually from cool, misty mountains of the New World tropics, is known for its showy flowers with sepals striking in their size, shape, and/ or color. Their need for a cool, damp environment makes them an excellent choice for cool, coastal climates.
LIGHT levels for this group usually are thought of as fairly low; however, some successful growers believe that the best flowerings are produced under higher light levels. Plants can be grown, but not necessarily flowered, in the same light levels as those for ferns -- 400 to 1,000 foot-candles. Most growers maintain levels adequate for Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum -- 1000 to 1,500 foot-candles. Masdevallias can be kept in light intensities up to 2,500 foot-candles if the growing area can be kept cool. Plants grow well under four- tube fluorescent fixtures and can be summered outside in shade.
TEMPERATURES should be cool to intermediate; plants will grow slowly and eventually expire if temperatures remain high for long periods of time. Cool evenings help reduce heat stress during the day. Nights of 50 to 55 degrees F are ideal; day temperatures should be 60 to 75 degrees F. Evaporative cooling pads or humidifiers are useful in maintaining these conditions.
WATER is critical for these plants because they have minimal water storage tissu