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Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis 'John Leathers'

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is a division of a clone that is a 4N (tetraploid) that was converted in vitro and is a very robust grower. I am growing it cool and judging by the dark foliage color, I could give it more light since the leaves on this species should be quite a bit lighter. It has a wonderful fragrance that fills a room.






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  2. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Fabulous!
     
  3. DanaRaluca

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    I start searching for "miltoniopsis", hoping to learn how to care for them and I came across this post. :) This species was already on my wish-list, but the fragrance part convinced me instantly to order 2 Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis 'John Leathers' from Ecuagenera. I should get them this month, so now I start to panic: what if I won't be able to grow them?
    Marni, please! :) could you help me with some cultural details?
    Thank you,
    Dana
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've always grown this 50F minimum nights, but others have done well with mid-50F. I grow it in a fine bark mix and water it as it approaches dryness. Moderate to moderately bright light and regular dilute applications of fertilizer. What is the night temperature where you grow?
     
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    Thank you very much. I think the maximum during summer time is somewhere around 70F, and during winter is normally around 50-60F
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The night temperature is more important than the day temperature. Are you saying that the night time temperature in the summer is about 70F?

    Another thing about Miltoniopsis is that they have very fine roots and are best repotted at least once a year as new growth starts.
     
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    Yes, I think so. I have never paid attention to it, but I would say that during summer time the night temperature is generally around 68F, but sometimes it can rise up to 72F. :) I hope I'm not mistaking. I will pay more attention this year.
    Now, for example there are 60F in the morning in my growing area (enclosed balcony).
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think you may have a difficult time with this species as it really is a cool grower. A thermometer that registers minimum and maximum temperatures is a worthwhile tool so you know what is going on when you aren't there.
     
  9. DanaRaluca

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    Thank you, Marni.
    I will keep in mind your advises and also I will try to be more organized.
    I hope I will find a solution to decrease the temperature.
     
  10. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You could try growing it in sphagnum moss in a clay pot.
     
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    If the night temperatures stay around 70 F during the warmer months it is still ok. Do not allow night temperatures to reach 75 F.

    I have one growing like this for some time already. No big problems yet.

    More problems come up if they are grown too wet.
     
  12. DanaRaluca

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    Thank you very much to both of you for your great help.
    :) I have just received an email from Ecuagenera that my plants are on their way to me, so... :) I will soon use your advises