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Miltonia or Miltoniopsis Morris Chesnut

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    Default Miltonia or Miltoniopsis Morris Chesnut

    Just purchased plant labeled Milt. Morris Chesnut. Trying to find best place to grow. Read Miltonia are warm growers and Miltoniopsis are intermediate to cool. Does anyone know how this one should be grown?

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    I think the names are synonymous Monica. I know they should never be allowed to dry out completely. They should have Phal. type light. And shouldn't be placed where they will have a lot of exposure to strong winds. I have a few but they are on the road to recovery from being too close to a heat duct during the winter. I plan to set their pots between mesh pots filled with wet sphagnum next winter to slow down the drying process and keep up the humidity around them.

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    Miltoniopsis Morris Chestnut is correct.

    Miltonia and Miltoniopsis are not synonymous, even though they all (mostly) used to be considered Miltonia. Care is similar except for temperature preferences, primarily that Miltoniopsis do not tolerate heat well and will usually not thrive long term in your Louisiana conditions, Monica, without cool nights. Miltonia can take the heat, but also tolerate the cooler Miltoniopsis temperatures fairly well. So for Chris in Ontario there isn't as much distinction, where heat is less of an issue and cooler nights are far more common.

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    I agree with Kirk. The miltoniopsis is better suited to your air conditioned house, than outdoors of a greenhouse down there.

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    Not synonymous, cool, I have even more genera than I thought. The problems I had were actually with the pots drying out too fast next to the heat duct, not with the house temperatures. I'm not sure where people got the idea Canadians all live in a deep freeze but its not quite that way. It has been in the upper 80's low 90's here for the past week. Warm for May but not too unusual. My part of Ontario is at about the same distance from the equator as Northern California and a lot closer than Minnesota. June and July we usually see about a month with those kind of temperatures. Temps are set at 55F night and 65F day during the winter in our house. That way every one is happy but Conchita, poor girl.

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    I know you don't live in a deep freeze Chris. I live in essentially the same climate as you. But our warmest most humid summer days and nights are half the year in New Orleans.

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    A little tip for folks wanting to grow cool growers in warmer climates: consider a variant of semi-hydroponics, using an unglazed, clay pot standing in a tray of water. The added evaporation from the clay pot sidewalls can cool the root mass sufficiently to "stretch" your conditions a bit.

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    I am planning on growing it under artificial T5 lights. I am not sure either the miltonia or miltoniopsis will do well under these conditions. Does anyone grow their Milt(s) under these conditions. Do tell as this is my second Milt with the first dieing after a year. In addition, I still do not know which type of Milt Morris Chestnut is. Searching the web I see it named under both.

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    I have what's left of mine under T8 lights and they are coming along quite well. I would imagine someone has been using T5's and would have advice you can use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moniluhum View Post
    ... In addition, I still do not know which type of Milt Morris Chestnut is. Searching the web I see it named under both.
    That's why it is important that growers learn-, and use the proper terminology. Morris is 100% miltoniopsis.

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