Sunday, September 20, 2009

Miltonia spectabilis

Miltonia spectabilis - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMiltonia spectabilis - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLillian's Miltonia spectabulis is mounted on a log that is hanging from an overhead beam. It has several spikes but a lot of older pseudobulbs.

The genus Miltonia (Milt) contains 10 species from Brazil and Peru. They grow in bright warm conditions. Miltonia spectabilis grows in Brazil. It is cool to hot growing.

The log is in good shape so it would not be necessary to remove the plant. To increase the number of spikes next year we are going to back cut the plant instead.

Back cutting is effective for plants where the rhizome is visible. I take a new razor blade and cut the rhizome as if I were dividing the plant, leaving groups of at least three pseudobulbs together. Then I insert a small piece of plastic between so that the cut cannot heal.

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