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  • Miltonia

    Miltonia

    A small genus comprising about 20 epiphytic species that grow in mountain forests on the slopes of the Andes and in the interior regions of Brazil. Very decorative group. Habitus, in general, is similar in all members of the genus. Plants have flattened small pseudobulbs. The leaves are narrow. Plants combine a miniature structure of vegetative organs and large bright flowers, not suitable for cutting: in bouquets, they quickly fade. It is believed that miltonia is the ideal group for growing in domestic flora-riuma. The following species were introduced into the culture:

    Miltonia pale

    M. Candida

    Homeland - Brazil.

    Cvetonos 3-5-flowered, up to 50 cm high. Flowers 8-9 cm in diameter, greenish-yellow, with large brown spots on the petals. The lip is white. Blooms from August to November.

    Miltonia Endresa

    M. endresii

    Homeland - Northern Brazil, Costa Rica. Tsvetonos up to 30 cm, with 4-6 flowers. Flowers about 7 cm in diameter, white, with purple strokes on the petals. The lip is white, with purple spots. Flowering time is February.

    Miltonia large-flowered

    M. spectabilis

    Homeland - Brazil.

    A large single flower with a diameter of 9 cm usually develops. The petals are white, the lip is red-violet, with a darker middle. Blooms in August.

    Miltonia flagged

    M. vexillaria

    Motherland - Colombia.

    On the peduncle develops 2-6 flowers about 8 cm in diameter. The petals are pink, and the lip is white or pale pink, with a dark middle. Very changeable appearance. Blooms in May-June.

    Courtship. In general, it is difficult to take care of meltions in the room, as these plants are demanding to the level of humidity and temperature. However, in domestic terrariums and florariums are very successful. Moreover: due to its small size, it is ideal for decoration of vessels. Some species are grown even in large bottles. The requirements of miltonias resemble those of the Cattleya, but the illumination should be less intense. Good work at the north and north-east windows. Brazilian species require a constant high temperature( 25-27 ° C) and high humidity. Colombian mountain species have a pronounced seasonal growth pattern. In the summer months, the temperature should be somewhat lower than usual, and in the winter months, moderate( 18-20 ° C).Grow in small small pots or boxes filled with any standard nutrient mixture.