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MILTONIAS: Pleating of Leaves, Accordion Style

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by Robert M. Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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This is most commonly caused by insufficient watering during the "expansion" stage of the new growths; the cool-growing types do not like to dry out between waterings and if watering is missed for a time, the leaves suffer a set-back. A82-920
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