Friday, March 27, 2009
Miltonia spectabilis var moreliana orchid
These beautiful orchids are native to Brazil and grow at low to intermediate altitudes and were once locally abundant but have now been reduced by clearing and over-collecting.
They are easy to grow when provided with warm, humid conditions and an abundance of air movement. With their fine roots, these orchids are very sensitive to stagnant conditions and excessive watering can quickly lead to rotting. They prefer bright, but diffuse light for flowering.
My plant is a few years old and in autumn flowering with these beautiful large free flowering purple blooms. Its just started flowering with many more flower spikes developing and I am anticipating extended flowering period this season.