Miltonias are often called Pansy Orchids because their flowers are flat-faced and resemble pansies in shape and color patterns. These charming attractive plants bloom profusely and sometime bloom twice a year. The richly textured colored, fragrant flowers are formed on slender arching stems. Flower can last up to 6 weeks in bloom and are usually sweetly fragrant when the temperature is warm.
Lighting- Miltonias require indirect or filtered sunlight from either an east or a shaded south-facing window. When the temperatures exceed 80°F it is important to increase shade. The leaves on the plant should be light green. If the leaves are dark green, increase lighting. If the leaves turn yellowish green or reddish, increase shading.
Temperature- In temperate regions, the plants may be grown outside under a protected patio. Plants grown in the home should be placed next to a cool shaded window. While Miltonia will tolerate temperatures of 90 F an above for short periods, keep day temperatures below 80 F by either increasing the shading or providing evaporative cooling. Night temperatures of 55 to 65 F are optimal for most Miltonia.
Watering- Depending upon the temperature, Miltonias should be watered twice a week. During the summer, the plants may need to be watered every 2-3 days. Miltonias prefer to be kept on moist side but does not want its potting media soggy. Do not leave the plant in standing water. We suggest watering in the early morning, so that the foliage will be dry by nightfall.
Humidity- Miltonias require about 50 to 65% humidity. Humidity Trays will probably help Miltonias grown in the house. Increase the humidity to help reduce the stress on the plants when the temperature and lighting intensity increases during the summer months. We suggest daily misting of the foliage to help keep the plant nice and lush.
Fertilize- We suggest fertilizing the Miltonia with a half-strength, balanced fertilizer (20-20-20 or 15-15-15, etc.) every two weeks (twice a month). This can be reduced by half in winter months when less sun light is available. A 10-30-20 blossom-booster formulation is beneficial in early spring when plants approach their flowering period.
Potting- Miltonias must be grown in fine orchid bark or sphagnum moss. The best time to re-pot the Miltonia is usually after the plant blooms. Miltonias should be repotted once every two years.