The Miltonia Orchids are very similar to the Violas of Pansies, hence also known as Pansy Orchids. They have big, flat, and vibrantly colored blooms with bold patterns. They are basically originated from Brazil, but also found in Argentina, Paraguay, and Peru.
Miltonia Orchids have slim arching stems producing brightly colored, scented flowers. The vibrant colors of the Pansy Orchid blooms can vary from charming reds, pink, and white with different tinted spotting to yellow. These flowers have a very short bloom time just like that of a cut flower. Here is a video that shows it in real time.
There are nine different species of the Miltonia Orchid. They are named as Miltonia anceps, M. candida, M. flavescens, M. cuneata, M. spectabilis, M. regnellii, M. russelliana, M. clowesii, and M. kayasimae. Each of these genuses has its own specific and distinctive characteristics and growing needs based on the local environment where they grow naturally.
Some of these Miltonia species are very difficult to grow while others are comparatively easy to cultivate. The novice of Orchid grower should start with a stronger plant type, i.e. any Miltonia hybrid.
Miltonia Orchids are particularly very sensitive to vivid, hot, and direct sunlight. Burn marks starts appearing on their leaves once they are kept in these situations for a long time. Therefore, they should be placed in indirect light.
The suitable temperature for these Orchids range from 75 F to 80 F in the daytime whereas 60 F to 65 F is the perfect temperature for them at night. Keeping the temperature appropriate will make the plant healthier.
Miltonia Orchid plant grows throughout the year and should be placed in the humid area. In cold weather, the plant needs to be watered once a week while in hot weather it should be watered twice a week.
Repotting is also important for Miltonia Orchid as they tend to creep and climb with the passage of time. The best way is to grow them in baskets slackly filled with chopped sphagnum moss. Basically Miltonias are epiphytes therefore they grow well in a general bark or Orchid mix. They need to repot at least once every two years.
The Miltonia plant requires to be fed with a regular quantity of 30-10-10 high nitrogenous-based Orchid fertilizer. It should be given once a year for a healthy and rapid growth.
Miltonia Orchids are little difficult to grow and cultivate but if they are provided with suitable temperature and appropriate lighting, they can flourish well in the home garden or greenhouse.
The attractive and appealing Miltonia Orchid plants are productive bloomers, and are surely reward the Orchid grower with a lot of enjoyment and splendor.