Miltonia Orchids – 3 Tricks to Make Your Miltonias Smell Amazing

Miltonia Orchid CareIf you are looking for orchids that look and smell amazing then you probably want miltonias. These orchids are also often mistakenly called pansy orchids because it said to resemble the brightly colored flowers of the same name. This is a fact that most people, except for serious growers make.

The truth is miltonias resemble oncidums more than pansies. It’s the miltoniopsis orchids that are pansy-like. But the growing requirements that these two types of orchids have are quite different from each other.

Miltonias are considered one of the easiest plants to cultivate because they can be successfully grown either in greenhouses or inside a regular house. They provide the one of the greatest smelling flowers of all of the species of orchids. These plants can grow up to 50 centimeters in height and the flowers can have various colors ranging from dark purple to white.

Its fragrant flowers can last up to 4 to 6 weeks in bloom. These plants are truly one of the more enticing types of orchids in terms of color and fragrance. A healthy orchid not only ensures the beauty of the flowers, but it also helps produce the plant’s best fragrance.

If you wish to grow these plants successfully and have their flowers giving off an amazing smell then I suggest you follow these 3 tricks:

Keep them out of direct sunlight. Miltonias light requirements are less compared to most types of orchids. They thrive best in low light. In greenhouses the maximum sunlight they can tolerate is only 50%. During the summer make sure that they are fully shaded. You can determine this by just touching their leaves. If they feel cool then they are situated perfectly. Inside your home place them near windows with net curtains to allow the lowest light possible.

Another way to check if the light requirements are being met is by checking the color of its leaves. Provide them with more light if the leaves are dark green and more shade if they are yellowish-green or reddish.

Provide them with sufficient water. In order for miltonias to produce fragrant blooms, proper watering must be provided. Unlike most types of orchids, these plants need lots of moisture. They need to be watered constantly no matter what the season may be. The moisture requirement is almost the same even during summer and winter. Water them once or twice a week depending on the humidity. Do this preferably during mornings so the soil would have time to dry out by the end of the day.

Feed them fertilizers. Another important thing to remember if you wish to achieve great smelling flowers is to provide them with a good source of nourishment. Fertilizers that are rich in nitrogen would be the best choice. Feed them once a month.

When feeding them plant food, be sure to flush out any salt residue that may burn your plants and damage the roots. Liquid fertilizers must be applied after watering the orchids. With regard to manure, remember to keep it away from the pseudobulbs to keep them from getting burned.

Miltonias are famous for their colorful and fragrant flowers. To constantly achieve great smelling and vibrantly colored blooms, great attention must be paid to growing them. Healthy plants will not only ensure the longevity of these orchids but will also provide the fragrant flowers that they are famous for.

In order to achieve, this you must follow these 3 simple tricks. Because they are one of the easiest types of orchids to cultivate, in no time you’ll have them blooming with flowers that will make any place smell irresistible.

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26 Comments so far

  1. paula says:

    how do you produce colored orchids such as the blue or salmon colored ones we see around the holidays in the stores

    • Mary Ann says:

      Hi Paula,

      There are blue orchids called the Blue Mystique, but they are white orchids dyed blue. Other colors have been created through cross-pollination. You can read more about that at Just Add Ice. Thanks! – Mary Ann

  2. Connie W. says:

    We just bought a Miltonia orchid today at a big Plant Sale; I’ve only had Phals till now; I’ve been doing research on info for them… Seems they need much more water than the others, & lower Light— any other ideas??

  3. Dukh Niwaran says:

    I have a Miltonia orchid that I bought at Trader Joe’s which had lots of bulbs–unlike other orchids it did not do well in our house. I think because my husband who is fighting Parkinson’s keeps our Northern California house so warm. We live in Santa Cruz which is on the Central California Coast. When it didn’t do well, I stuck it outside and it has survived winter in it’s original pot with time to time watering. Can I plant it outside? Or keep it in a pot outside?

    • Mary Ann says:

      I’d keep it in a basket because they usually climb as they grow, and then you are able to move it if it needs different lighting requirements. 🙂 – Mary Ann

  4. Good information. Lucky me I recently found your sie by accident (stumbleupon).

    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

  5. Ruthmarie says:

    Just received a Miltonia (from ProPlants) for Mother’s Day. I live on the southwest coast of Florida and own a number of Phals. which I have on my lanai. Should I keep the Miltonia in the house or can it tolerate the shady part of my lanai?

    • Mary Ann says:

      Make sure it is fully shaded. If you can’t keep it out of direct sunlight on the lanai, you will probably need to bring it inside and follow the lighting suggestions made in this post. 🙂 Thanks! – Mary Ann

  6. Gloria says:

    Where can you purchase a Miltonia ? I have Moth Orchids, but would like to try something new. Gloria

  7. huong says:

    I just got the Miltonia from Trader Joe, we live in Seattle (Pacific Northwest). I put it by the NW window, is it OK?

  8. bong paderanga says:

    Wanted to buy orchids planting materials/seedlings (in bottle) ready for planting. Many thanks!


    • Mary Ann says:

      That’s very exciting! 🙂 I wish you the best with it! Let us know how things are going. – Mary Ann

  9. Geraldine says:

    My militonia orchid has finished blooming. Now the base is nowhere near green, it looks like it has been saved from a fire. Will it bloom again?

    • Mary Ann says:

      I’m really sorry to hear that! Take a look at this link. There are some great pictures and see if you can find what has happened. There are also treatment guides there. We wish you the very best!! – Mary Ann

  10. maria says:

    Have severa plants.. Need pictures to help identify your info/tips are most helpful thanks to comments very helpful as well thanks to all. Am from Manila, Philippines.

  11. Suzie says:

    I have a militonia and it bloomed profusely, but now one by one the flowers have fallen off and the stems are drying out. Are these plants supposed to bloom again or is it a one time event?

  12. Carmen says:

    I am looking for the best fragrance orchid could you recomen one please!

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