Miltonias belong to the Odontoglossum family but are usually of smaller stature although having larger
and more colourful flowers that are often pleasantly scented. They can flower at anytime during the
year with the main flowering period being late spring and early summer. All Miltonias are now hybridised
from the original species and have also been interbred with other genera in the Odontoglossum family.
Minimum of 13°C (58%] and maximum of 28°C (84°F) will keep them growing all year and produce
strong healthy growths.
These we relatively low light plants but do benefit from direct early morning and evening sunlight, in
the home an east and west facing window is ideal, for a south facing window two layers of net curtains
between the window and the plant is necessary. Reducing light levels will came the growth to slow
down. For greenhouse culture 60% shade cloth will be necessary from April to October.
Water and feeding
Miltonias are rather fussy about the quality of their water. If you live in a hard water area
it is best to use good clean rainwater. Water plants at least once a week and more often if they appear to dry out
faster. Always water into the top of the compost and continue to give water until a good flow can be
seen running out the bottom of the pot. Allow excess water to drain from pot for at least 30 minutes.
If plant is placed In a pot saucer ensure pot does not stand in water. A weak fertiliser which is about
2 teaspoons of a commercial LIQUID fertiliser per gallon should be applied once a month from March
Annual repotting is beneficial and is best carried out between February and April. A medium bark
compost with 30% coarse perlite is suitable.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids, by Alec Pridgeon
- Orchids for Everyone, by Williams et al (Beginners)
The North Hampshire Orchid Society is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society & The Orchid Society of Great Britain
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