miltonidium “rosey sunset”

miltonidium is not a natural genus, its members are crossings between miltonia and oncidium. miltonidium “rosey sunset” is available in different blooming colors like pink or brownish (“pacific sunset”). its parents are miltonidium “pupukea sunset” (miltonia warscewiczii x oncidium cheirophorum) and oncidium ornithorhynchum.

care

lighting

miltonidium “rosey sunset” does best if located bright. afternoon sun has to be avoided, a bit morning and/or evening sun and a light shaded place will be tolerated.

temperature

it can be cultivated at room temperature the year round and needs a winter minium of 14 °c/57 °f.

soil/repotting

miltonidium “rosey sunset” can’t be grown in a regular potting soil. there are special mixes (with fir bark and peat moss) for orchids available. the soil turns acid after 2-3 years. now it’s time to repott.

watering

the soil can be drenched well, water flowing out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. before watering next let it become moderately dry. the orchid can stand neglect more than over watering (which can cause rotten roots). if the pseudobulbs begin to shrink can mean that the orchid was kept too dry.

fertilizer

a orchid fertilizer at half strength can be given monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks if placed at room temperature in fall and winter.

humidity

miltonidium “rosey sunset” welcomes if sprayed over every morning, so the water can evaporate throughout the day. thereby it gets some extra humidity which can help to tolerate if the soil becomes a bit drier from time to time.

reblooming miltonidium “rosey sunset”

the bloom spike can be cutted after it has dried. the old growth will not flower again. after blooming miltonidium “rosey sunset” is producing new shoots. eight to twelfe months later they will show theyr pseudo-bulbs. now the orchid is ready for blooming again.

a cooler period at approx. 16 °c/60 °f can be beneficial for producing the inflorescence. the orchid then has to be kept a bit drier, a fertilizer must not be given until it’s showing the flower spike.

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