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Miltonia

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Miltonia. You will also find all the Miltonia species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of this gender is dedicated to the English nobleman and orchid enthusiast Charls Wentworth-Fitzwilliam by the English botanist John Lindley in 1837.

Features and origin

Miltonia is a gender with around 2- epiphytic species that appear in the Atlantic Wood. They have pseudobulbs with one or two leaves and often carry multiple large, waxy flowers on the flower stem. The lip is large and plat without thickening.
The gynostemium has two hard pollinia. Moreover, the flowers have a nice, exotic scent, that sometimes looks like the scent of roses.

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Care tips

Place

Miltonia need a half-shaded place. In winter, they need to get as much light as possible.
In summer, Miltonia may also be kept outside under a roof.

Temperature

In summer, the temperature can be a maximum of 20°C and it can’t drop below 15°C during the night.
During winter, a constant temperature of in between 14℃ and 18°C is ideal. At night, the temperature can drop a few degrees.

Luchtvochtigheid

We advise a humidity between 40% and 65%. This differs per species within the gender.

Water

In summer, you should keep the soil humid constantly. This means that you water the plant at the moment the soil has almost dried up.
In winter, you can give the Miltonia less water.

Fertilizer

Fertilize the plants lightly once a week during the period of growth, in summer. In winter, the Miltonia may be fertilized lightly once a month.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Miltonia. Normally, the sunlight provides the Miltonia with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Miltonia to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

Miltonia require to be repotted once a two years in a mix of rough bark (20%), fine bark (75%) and sphagnum (5%).