Monday, August 30, 2010

Miltonia spectabilis semi-alba

Miltonia spectabilis semi-alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMiltonia spectabilis is a great specimen plant. It develops two new growths with each generation and the flowers are all open at the same time. I have some seen some amazing displays be it in a pot, a table mount or on cork. Since I have some large pieces of cork that is what I used. This is only the second year of growth and already spreading out nicely.

Miltonia spectabilis semi-alba - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe 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. Light level should be high and it should be a pale green. Blooms in summer and fall.

I am a little surprised that there are any flowers on this plant. It is growing in a spot that is fine for growing but I thought was too dark for blooming. The flower is on the brightest end of the mount.

I am moving it to Sonoma for the rest of the growing season. I will want next year to be in full flower. There is a window of three to four years where the display is very nice. After that, there are too many backbulbs. Backbulbs don't bloom.

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