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This is a discussion on Miltoniopsis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi McJulie, Is Massachusetts very dry? Calgary is very dry, but my Milts is ok. ...

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    Hi McJulie, Is Massachusetts very dry? Calgary is very dry, but my Milts is ok. I put a BBQ bambo skewer in the pot to check for watering.

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    I probably have the same humidity you do. It gets very dry in the cold winter months. Some hybrids are more tolerant of less than ideal conditions. I've had four Miltonias and none survived much more than a year. The hot summers certainly do a number.

    There seem to be two types of blooms: one whose petals open like your fingers, bunched together, then spreading outward. That's how buds typically open. The other type is all rolled up, like an ice cream cone, and it unrolls to open. I've had problems with the latter opening, when I've purchased the plants in bud. The first flower or two open fine, and the rest stay partially rolled up.

    I'm told if the ambient humidity isn't sufficient, the flowers won't open properly. I had it happen with two of the four I had, the other two being of the first type.

    I'm glad yours is growing well for you, Nora! That's what the battle of the orchids is all about - finding plants that enjoy your conditions and culture, and extending those conditions so you can go other genera.

    McJulie

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    If Calgary is not that dry, I think my orchid will be growing better. Although the condition here is not very good, I keep trying to grow different types because I love orchids.

    I heard Dracula is very hard to grow, needs huge humidity, so I still stay away from that, although they look so nice.

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    They are soooo pretty!! I think it is a little hot down here for them.
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    The easiest ones for our conditions, depending on how much light you have, are Phals, Paphs and Oncs. Dends and Catts need more liglht.

    Still, given those genera, there are zillions of amazing flowers to choose from - it's not like it's a limited selection!

    PM me, I know an excellent grower in your neck of the woods with good prices.

    Julie

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