The origin of Miltonia stretches from the Andes in Colombia to Peru and Ecuador. Miltonia is an epiphyte. The Miltonia grows in the region of origin on the edges and in open areas of mountain forests, on moss-covered branches.
Miltonia is also called 'violin orchid'. There are hundreds of species, which vary greatly in shape and size. The Miltonia ia year round available.
Appearance of the Miltonia
The Miltonia is a shoot-forming crop, with one or more branches and about five flowers on each branch. The Miltonia has one to four (or even more) branches. Miltonia can be seen in many colors: white, yellow, pink, red and purple. The most striking feature is the 'mask'. There are different scented types of Miltonia.
Care Miltonia orchid
The Miltonia needs a light location, but does not tolerate direct sunlight. In the spring and summer the Miltonia must be shielded from the sun. The Miltonia blooms for five to six weeks.
It is important to keep the Miltonia constantly moderately moist, the substrate should not be allowed to stand dry. Dipping in lukewarm water once or twice a week gives the best result. Let the Miltonia orchid drain well before it is put back.
Feed the water once a month in the summer period and once every two months in the winter. The Miltonia can also be put in the garden or on the balcony in summer, provided it is in the shade.
The ideal temperature is between 15 ° C and 25 ° C.
When the Miltonia has finished, cut the branch.
Place the Miltonia in a bright spot after flowering, but not in direct sunlight. Provide nutrition once a month. The same applies to water and temperature as during flowering. Then place the Miltonia in a cooler place for eight to ten weeks. The Miltonia then makes new shoots from which later new flower stalks come. The Miltonia wants to be potted every year, preferably after flowering. Use special Orchid soil for this.
It may take a year before the Miltonia blooms again. The natural flowering period is spring. The new shoots will form bulbs, from which new flower branches emerge.