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Taking a Closer Look at Miltonia Orchids
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By: Mariska Corben Email Article
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Among all the flowering plants, the orchid family is indeed the largest. For centuries, orchids became very popular because of the exquisite beauty of their flowers. This is mainly the reason why orchid plants have gain worldwide popularity. The Miltonia Orchids or also known as "Pansy Orchids" is one of the most popular varieties because of their unique waterfall markings. Their petals are very attractive and colorful, thus it makes the flower of this orchid variety very eye catching. Their wonderful blossoms can last for a month. The Miltonia Orchids are commonly found in the regions of South America, particularly in Brazil and Argentina.

Unlike any other orchid types, Miltonia Orchids grows best with a low light. Thus it is best to put them on windowsills where in only low light can penetrate. The fine roots and thin leaves of this orchid genus make it possible for them to grow in high humidity. Miltonia Orchids are sympodial. When they grow, they usually come out from the rhizome of an earlier growth. Inflorescence is highly possible in every new growth of the orchid's flowering section. Not only that, Miltonia Orchids are also epiphytes, which means that they grow by attaching themselves on a living plant, usually they attach themselves on trees. Ideally fir bark, tree fern, or orchid mix is best used for this kind of orchid as its potting medium.

Miltonia orchids require to be repotted regularly. They are required to be repotted at least once every two years. You need to properly drain the potting medium so that it will not decay and that it won't give off false smell. You should also avoid watering your orchid excessively. Provided that proper care and attention is given to this orchid, this orchid can be grown successfully. Like any other plant Miltonia requires the appropriate balance of temperature, water, light, and fertilizer for it to be able to thrive. Ideally, the ultimate day temperature required for Miltonia Orchids is within 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And during the night, the ideal temperature is within 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even if the Miltonia orchid has the capacity to tolerate extreme temperatures it should not be left under it for a prolonged period of time. This is because of the fact that excessive exposure to high temperature can be highly dangerous and detrimental to the health of the Miltonia Orchids. An intense diffused light is also necessary for the orchid to grow well. This means that the plant needs a little amount of indirect sunlight. The light must be regulated well because to little amount of light will also be harmful especially to the flowers of your plant. Thus it is safe to follow this rule of the thumb: Miltonia Orchids can be exposed under proper lighting for up to two hours everyday.

Miltonia Orchids can be cultured easily. You have an option either to grow it in a greenhouse or just at your own home. They are quite easy to grow just make sure that you follow the proper guidelines on how to raise this plant.

Mariska Corben has been growing orchids for more than 10 years. If you’d like to learn more on orchid propagation, visit

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