Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 6 of 6

I have so many questions about my new orchid! Help!

This is a discussion on I have so many questions about my new orchid! Help! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was into phals and dends, but now decided to try something new with the ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    orchidaddict789's Avatar
    orchidaddict789 is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis/Cattleya species
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    USA (MD)
    Posts
    669
    Member's Country Flag

    Default I have so many questions about my new orchid! Help!

    I was into phals and dends, but now decided to try something new with the arrival of my new orchid--the miltonidium. So now I'm going to ask some "beginner" questions ...yeah...whatever...

    1) How long will it take for the two shoots to become mature enough to bloom? One shoot is 3.5 inch while the other is 4.5 inches tall.

    2)Notice that the shoots are thin (1/2 in.) and tubular shaped at the base. How will these change into pbulbs? Will the bottom portion of the shoots become swollen and change into pbulbs, or a new pbulb grow from the tip...I don't know.
    3) Please comment if anything looks wrong with the plant.

    Please check the photo (I hope it works). Sorry...it looks blurry.
    Thanks,
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  2. #2
    Forrest is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    404

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by orchidaddict789
    I was into phals and dends, but now decided to try something new with the arrival of my new orchid--the miltonidium. So now I'm going to ask some "beginner" questions ...yeah...whatever...

    1) How long will it take for the two shoots to become mature enough to bloom? One shoot is 3.5 inch while the other is 4.5 inches tall.

    2)Notice that the shoots are thin (1/2 in.) and tubular shaped at the base. How will these change into pbulbs? Will the bottom portion of the shoots become swollen and change into pbulbs, or a new pbulb grow from the tip...I don't know.
    3) Please comment if anything looks wrong with the plant.

    Please check the photo (I hope it works). Sorry...it looks blurry.
    Thanks,
    1. Wow, Im suprised the person who sold you this didnt tell you that miltonidium are notoriously slow growers. A new growth like that cand take upwards of 5 years to bloom. No, not really. depending on your conditions of course you are looking at about 2 years to bloom off of new growths, maybe one. Most of the times it will mature a new growth while it is blooming off a old one, and then sprout a new one, make sense?

    2. the new growth will mature and will just naturally fill out and turn into a pbulb.

    3. Plant looks great.

  3. #3
    LJA's Avatar
    LJA
    LJA is offline OrchidTalk Tech Admin
    Real Name
    Louis J. Aszod
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Clarksville, Arkansas
    Posts
    3,778
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Lily, what's the name of the plant? Some Mtdms will bloom twice yearly (our Hawaiian Sunsets always do) and that's off of new growth. Depending, like Forrest said, on your conditions, those shoots could bloom for you within 6 or 7 months.

    The pseudobulbs will develop at the base of the new growths, sheathed between a couple sets of those lower leaves.

    And the plant sure looks fine from here!

  4. #4
    orchidaddict789's Avatar
    orchidaddict789 is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis/Cattleya species
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    USA (MD)
    Posts
    669
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Thanks!
    The name of the plant is Mtdm. Howard Gerber 'Night Dancers'

    What sort of conditions would be right? Should I follow the oncidium culture or miltonia culture? Or is there a separate one for miltonidium?

    So it can still bloom off of old growths?

  5. #5
    momokev's Avatar
    momokev is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Mooresville, NC
    Posts
    360

    Default

    Hi Lily,

    I have that one, you will love it! I have mine in med fir bark mix and water twice a week. I fertilize weakly/weekly and it's sitting in a southeast window and gets lots of sun. I didn't put it outside because I didn't know if it'd like the heat.

    Lisa

  6. #6
    LJA's Avatar
    LJA
    LJA is offline OrchidTalk Tech Admin
    Real Name
    Louis J. Aszod
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Clarksville, Arkansas
    Posts
    3,778
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Lily, we grow ours in plenty of light, right along with the other warm growing Oncidiinae, and they do great. I haven't found a need to keep them particularly cool. They will sometimes spike from each side of a pseudobulb but, other than that, will not bloom again from old growths.

Similar Threads

  1. Baby orchid questions
    By ang709 in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: June 1st, 2011, 09:57 AM
  2. Questions about my dendrobium orchid
    By Sheba in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: October 20th, 2009, 08:18 PM
  3. Help-- Virused Orchid Questions
    By BKirk783 in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: September 19th, 2009, 01:35 AM
  4. my new orchid green house and questions...
    By brit6v in forum OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: June 21st, 2009, 12:57 AM
  5. Questions about the orchid forum
    By ydbc in forum Using the Boards
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: July 20th, 2007, 11:32 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.