Miltonia spectabilis var. moreliana
This beautiful plant is found growing on trees and rocks at moderate altidudes along the east coast of Brazil. It has flattened, ovate pseudobulbs (the round things at the bottom of the leaves) that are spaced closely along it's rhizome. The leaves are light green and strap like and produced in an upright habit. Miltonia spectabilis was first introduced into cultivation in 1837 for it's striking flowers. Unlike M. spectabilis which has white flowers with a purple labellum (the big petal at the bottom), M. spectabilis var. moreliana has entirely purple flowers. A really deep purple with attractive blotching on the outer petals and striations on the labellum.
These plants currently have leaves about 20-30cm long. The flowers are approximately 4cm accross. Due the the close spacing of the pseudobulbs these plants can make exceptional specimin plants that will flower profusely if left undivided in a large pot. NOT CURRENTLY FLOWERING.
Fitting your M. spectabilis to a pot
These plants are shipped in a 125mm nursery pot that is wrapped in a calico bag to keep the soil in during transport. They will NOT fit well inside any of the ceramics we currently stock however they will fit loosely inside any from our Medium Pot range.
During active growth they should be watered heavily and often, usually twice a week to keep them moist. However they should be potted in a very light, coarse media such as orchid bark to ensure adequate drainage and prevent them becoming waterlogged. Avoid watering the leaves in really hot weather.
Once flowering has finished they should be given a rest period through the cooler months where watering is greatly reduced, only water when the media is nearly dry. Resume normal watering when new growth appears in Spring.
These lovely ladies, like most orchids, require very bright light! Not direct sun but the leaves should appear light green to almost yellow. Dark green leaves is an indication that they are not recieving enough light or light for a long enough period of the day. A large north facing window is great for these beauties.
They are pretty tolerant of cooler temperatures and can be grown outdoors in most Sydney suburbs that don't experience regular winter frosts.
Orchid Care Guide
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