Miltonia Orchid Culture in hydroculture

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 bloomers.

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 air ventilation.

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 watering again.

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.

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