The Miltonia orchid is often called the pansy orchid because its flowers resemble pansies in shape and color patterns. The Miltonia orchid blooms beautifully and will often bloom twice a year. When the temperature is warm, their blooms could last up to 6 weeks.
MILTONIA ORCHID CARE
Miltonia orchids require a rather low amount of light (1500 to 2000 foot candles). If grown in the home, recommend an east or west exposure or south with shielding from direct sunlight.
Miltonia orchids like to be kept fairly moist with a slight drying between watering. During warm, dry weather, they may need to be watered 2-3 times weekly. During cool weather, 1-2 times weekly. A sure sign of underwatering would be the formation of accordion-pleated leaves. If this happens, increase your watering slightly. Miltonia orchids have very tender and fragile roots; for this reason, we recommend using rainwater whenever possible.
If you keep your Miltonia orchid well watered, humidity is not a critical factor. However, try to keep it above 50%.
Miltonia orchids should do well in the average home or intermediate greenhouse. A night temp of 60-64 degrees and a day temp of 70-80 degrees is considered best. They will tolerate higher or lower temperatures but not for extended periods.
Since Miltonia orchids are vigorous growers, fertilizer can be applied almost every watering during the spring and summer months. This should be reduced to once weekly during fall and winter. We recommend a 1/2 strength solution of 30-10-10 fertilizer with each application.
POTTING MILTONIA ORCHIDS
We find Miltonia orchids do well in a finer grade of Fir Bark mix. It is, however, important that the pot is well-drained. The Miltonia orchid likes to be somewhat pot-bound, so allow room for only one year’s growth. Repot once a year in the spring.
OTHER ORCHID SUGGESTIONS
ZYGOPETALUM ORCHIDS – The Zygopetalum orchid is a genus of twenty species native to Central America. They are exotic new world orchids that grow in a cool rainforest environment. These flowers are fragrant with spots and stripes of purple, green, and brown.
VANILLA ORCHIDS – The Vanilla Orchid is grown for curiosity more than the flower. The fleshy green leaves grow in a zig-zag pattern clinging to the bark by aerial roots formed by each leaf node. The plant can climb up to 30 feet tall when it then produces the flower and the seed pods. The blooms are yellow-green with a yellow-orange labellum resembling the Cattleya flower. Since the Vanilla is vining, a stake or trellis should be used for support.