Thursday, May 30, 2013

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster'

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMiltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI originally bought this Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' in 2004 at the San Francisco Orchid Society member sale table. I bought it because it was pretty large and I intended to divide it and also because the name went along with my day job. It has a nice flower and has grown and bloomed every year since then.

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMiltassia (Mtssa) is the cross made from Brassia x Miltonia. This plant is in bark over peanuts in a 3-inch plastic pot. There are five pseudobulbs and it stands nine inches above the pot.

I described it as being in "bark over peanuts" but a better description would be "peanuts with a little bark". The environment is very wet. Most of the roots grow in the space below the bark. It could certainly have better roots, but I am happy that it is growing as well as it is.

I am going to put the plant back in the same pot with fresh bark, but first I am going to remove one of the pseudobulbs. It is the oldest and is growing in a slightly different direction than the other four. It is pretty strong and has an active eye at the base. It should sprout and start a new growth quickly.

Miltassia Shelob 'Webmaster' pseudobulb with active eye at the base - photo by Richard Lindberg

In the spirit of plant count control, this backbulb is offered to you as a free orchid. The rules are the same as always: You pay actual postage and it comes Priority Mail. (I'll let you know, but it will be around $6.) If you have not had a free orchid before, add a comment claiming it and then go to this page to get my direct email address so we can work out the details. "First time" restriction ends at 4pm PDT on Friday the 30th. After that, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.

6 comments:

  1. I like to have it

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    1. my name is May and it's the first time i've claimed a free orchid....aka anonymous

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  2. I'm a first-timer, too, but congratulations, May - you were definitely the FIRST-first-timer!

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    1. BTW, this is a gorgeous flower. Though it is named after the huge spider Frodo slew in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, it shares none of those negative aspects. It is really a desirable plant!

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    2. I thought the plant name was familiar. Thanks for the info.

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  3. May, I still need your address. Use the email, not here.

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