Miltonias are called `Pansy Orchids because of their
roundish, flat flowers. There are two major groups. The Colombian
species and hybrids are cool growing and less tolerant of
summer hear. The Miltonia from Brazil are warm to intermediate
growing. Miltonia tend to be late summer through early winter
Miltonias from both these groups like their night temperatures
between 50F and 65F; day temperature between 75F to 85F. They
can tolerate higher day temperatures if there is sufficient
The roots of the Miltonia are very fine and do not like to
remain dry for any period of time. Using the hydroculture
system will aid in knowing when to water and how much. This
system will also help provide the additional humidity that
these lovely orchids need.
Mix the nutrient solution as per packet directions. You may
store the nutrient in a gallon plastic bottle to be used whenever
it is time to water your plant. It is best to keep it at room
temperature and out of direct sunlight.
Pour the nutrient slowly into the clay pebbles next to the
water level indicator. Water until the indicator reads about
half way between the "min" and "opt" level.
Always be sure there is no water in the outside pot before
About once a month, rinse the foliage and the clay pebbles
under tepid running tap water to remove any dust and accumulated
plant food from the growing medium. It is best to do this
early in the day. Return the culture pot to the outer pot
and water with the prepared nutrient solution. Alternate with
plain water the next time you water. This watering pattern
will help to avoid a mineral salt build-up, which may cause
foliage tip burn.