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DRACs and MILTs...finally in bloom!

This is a discussion on DRACs and MILTs...finally in bloom! within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi everyone. Well what a great thrill to finally have these little gems in bloom. ...

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    Default DRACs and MILTs...finally in bloom!

    Hi everyone. Well what a great thrill to finally have these little gems in bloom. Must say, I was so excited when they finally started to bud, but now they are in full bloom and it is just wonderful. The Dracula cordobae has 4 flower spikes, though flowers are a tad smaller at the moment due to the plant flowering in summer, they flower larger in winter. And, the Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis, such a tiny grower, has opened it's first flower.
    Hope you like the pics.
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    nice lip on that milt!

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    Oh, I like the drac very much!! Much to warm here to grow those.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks guys. Funny though BD, these two have experienced 43C this summer and to no harm, and again, today we are headed for a very warm day topping 33C. So as you can see these Dracs are quite tolerant. They are actually reccommended as intermediate growers along with bella and tubeana. You should give them a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozorchid View Post
    Thanks guys. Funny though BD, these two have experienced 43C this summer and to no harm, and again, today we are headed for a very warm day topping 33C. So as you can see these Dracs are quite tolerant. They are actually reccommended as intermediate growers along with bella and tubeana. You should give them a go.
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    It doesn't get much hotter than 43C (109 F) here in the summers, but it stays very hot 100+ F for most of August. We have trouble growing anything that needs to remain cool. I would love to try the drac. I have never purchased one simply because they need such cool temps. Maybe I should try one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    It doesn't get much hotter than 43C (109 F) here in the summers, but it stays very hot 100+ F for most of August. We have trouble growing anything that needs to remain cool. I would love to try the drac. I have never purchased one simply because they need such cool temps. Maybe I should try one.

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    Yes, you sure should. Only thing with these guys in the heat is that if in flower the bloom collapses until relatively cooler, usually in the evenings. If one wants to show one or even take it to a meeting you must have iced water at the ready so you can dip the blooms...rather a chore! mine are growing in a fine bark, chopped spag. and small pumice stone mix and in a net basket hanging in the lowest point of greenhouse. They are all in front of a humidifan (home made) along with Den. cuthbertsonii, Dryadellas and Miltonopsis species, Masdevallias. Plenty of bright shade and humidity.
    Hope this may help you get started with these wonderful, albeit moody orchids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozorchid View Post
    Yes, you sure should. Only thing with these guys in the heat is that if in flower the bloom collapses until relatively cooler, usually in the evenings. If one wants to show one or even take it to a meeting you must have iced water at the ready so you can dip the blooms...rather a chore! mine are growing in a fine bark, chopped spag. and small pumice stone mix and in a net basket hanging in the lowest point of greenhouse. They are all in front of a humidifan (home made) along with Den. cuthbertsonii, Dryadellas and Miltonopsis species, Masdevallias. Plenty of bright shade and humidity.
    Hope this may help you get started with these wonderful, albeit moody orchids.
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    Ice water?? Really? I am sure to kill it then. lol.

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    I adore that Milt! Nice growing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcubed View Post
    I adore that Milt! Nice growing!
    Thank you, hard to believe such a lovely flower comes from such a small plant!!! it's only about 10 cm high!!. he he he... I love the small cute species.
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    Those are very cute!

    Wish I could grow them. My apt gets far too warm and dry for dracs and milts. [I've tried both dracs and a few of the larger milts -- no success ] Pity too since some dracs are quite small and -- assuming that the height you gave is the milt's maximum -- that milt is too. They would fit my space limitations.

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