Orchid Growing & Care Tips
The popularity of the Miltonia orchid is increasing rapidly, thanks
in part to the development of rigorous hybrid methods that can produce
plants in greater quantities. Because of the familiar shape and
markings of these spectacular flowers, Miltonia are often called
"'Pansy Orchids."' Their richly colored flowers blossom
profusely. Although they may last for up to a month, their bloom
time is as short as that of a cut flower. Miltonia can easily be
cultured at home or in a greenhouse. They normally bloom in the
spring or fall.
The ideal day temperature is 75-80 degrees F., while the
ideal night temperature is 60-65 degrees F. Occasional temperature
extremes are tolerated if exposure is not prolonged. As long as
you keep the temperature reasonable, you should have a healthy plant.
Bright diffused light is necessary to bring Miltonia into bloom;
this can include a little sun (not direct sunlight) for up to two
hours a day.
Unlike some orchids that require a drying out period, Miltonia grow
throughout the entire year and must be kept evenly moist. Drench
the plant in the early morning and let them dry out before nightfall.
Once a week watering during the winter and twice a week during summer
is normally sufficient.
Miltonia are considered epiphytes, which means that a general bark
or orchid mix should suit them well. Repot your Miltonia at least
once every 2 years or when the potting medium begins to decay. See
our ESSENTIALS for more details.
High-nitrogen fertilizers (25-9-9) can be used year-round at one
teaspoon per gallon of water. Feed once a month.