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Milt. spectabilis - forever climbing out of the pot?

This is a discussion on Milt. spectabilis - forever climbing out of the pot? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; mmm hate to say, but Milt. spectabilis is very notorious for its climbing habit. Some ...

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    mmm hate to say, but Milt. spectabilis is very notorious for its climbing habit. Some clones tend to do more so than other, but you can expect it to quickly run out of the pot.
    Best way to grow it either mounted vertically or in flat baskets. But then you will have to keep very humid especially when the new growths are making.

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    Reading this post and the replies, with due respect to all, indicates a lack of knowledge of the plant in question. These plants, like many plants, are epiphytes and are free to grow where ever they wish, thus, you will never keep them in a pot. They are also very intolerant of water without great drainage, again as per epiphytes. The following pic is my plant of Milt Guanabara, a spectabilis hybrid. Its growing in a wire basket lined with shade cloth and the mix is coarse bark. I can water it daily but it never stays wet. It hangs in this position all year round.
    Wonderlen has it correct.


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    Nice plant Roy!! I find that spectabilis hybrids grow very well mounted to tree fern.

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    Please read my first and second posts more carefully - I was quite clear on the fact that mounting and misting daily is not an option. And that my *experimental* planting was in response to its clear need for more water. I'm well aware that this may not solve anything, but it was better than doing nothing and watching the plant die.

    I simply do not have a greenhouse or similar where I can spray water about whereever I like. Not to mention the fact that with 50-70% humidity in the apartment without even trying (in winter!) and mold/moss everywhere you look outside, spraying my plants, particularly in winter, is a death sentence.

    Everyone needs to please try and take into account that what works for one person may not work for others. I killed all of my first orchids because I was following directions suited for people in much drier, sunnier climates. I, for example, don't need to pull my paphs out of the full sun most of the year and dampness is generally the enemy. Nothing dries daily in Hamburg.

    Regardless though, the plant was a gift and I am not going to throw it out just because I can't provide textbook conditions. I am experimenting to try and find a way to give this plant what it needs with what *I* have to offer.

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    I would agree since I am in the same situation. We have to do what we can with the conditions that we have. Along the way we find out what works and what plants we can grow (or not ). That's one of the things that makes this hobby challenging and exciting.

    Susan

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    Hcubed, I was wondering how your Miltonia is doing in that tray. Do you have any update? pictures? hope it is still alive. I got one myself from an orchid show in NJ.
    I put it in a 4" orchid pot but it might outgrow it fast and I was wondering if it is best all the PB are in contact with the media. I could use some old very shallow bonsai pot I got on sale in Cinatown, although it would be harder to hang it on my window. I am afraid my apt may be too dry for mounting
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    Sorry, didn't see this right away.

    Yes, it's still alive. Doing fairly well I believe - keeping it moist enough has been easier now, so less leaf crinkling. It had 6 new growths last season, and I think 4 are starting now. I haven't been able to get it to bloom again yet though. I am hoping this coming growing season will do the trick!

    Will post an updated pic sometime soon! Thanks for asking!

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