This is the whole plant...
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This is a discussion on Poor little milt within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi everyone. I bought this off of ebay about 1 month ago, and it was ...
Hi everyone. I bought this off of ebay about 1 month ago, and it was kinda sad when it arrived. I wanted opinions about what to do with it. It was in spike when I bought it and it's now in bloom. This is it's sweet little bloom....
This is the whole plant...
Very nice pic and the bloom looks very clean and pristine! Thanks for posting!
It arrived with these yellowed bulbs and brown roots. There are some green root tips now.....
Last one. So what do ya'll think I should do?
I would repot it. You can clean up the bottoms of the PBs if you wanted too. Just use a razor blade and slice off the "sheaths". But that is more for aestetics than anything else. It might help you from getting scale though. The roots look pretty good, even better to know that they are growing. It looks like a healthy plant, so quit worrying.
Thanks Jennifer! Yeah, I was really glad to see the new roots... and I'm glad to know it looks okay despite those ugly pb's! You think I can wait to repot until it finishes with the blooms? I'm afraid I'll disturb it taking off the yellowed bulbs.
You can wait until whenever you feel like doing it. Though it does look cramped in the pot. I am an overpot-ter by nature, so I have to try too overcome that and it drives me mad. I wouldn't go up more than one size pot for that plant. I don't know if milts like to be pot bound, so you might want to ask someone else that. There is no rush in replanting that guy.
If you are going to cut off the old bulbs, then you need to get the cinnamin and a sharp knife. You need to keep some old growth with the new growth. The plant uses the old growth as energy to grow new stuff. That is why they are yellow. If you want to take them off, you can if you have 3-4 PBs on each division. It looks like that plant can become two maybe three, but it needs to have 3-4 to sustain itself. If you have the 3-4 PBs and the old yellowing ones are extra, go for it and cut them off. It won't harm the plant. Just remember to put either cinnamin (I can never spell that word) or a cut closing powder. Just to keep the infections out.
The quality of ebay sellers varies a tremendous amount, from the truly fine sellers to the downright scandalous. I don't grow milts and don't have any advice on culture, but if the plant wasn't advertised properly, I would let the seller know immediately that it didn't meet the description.