Here's how to master caring for a Miltonia orchid

Here's how to master caring for a Miltonia orchid

How should the Miltonia orchid be watered?

There is no tolerance range for errors in the supply of water with Miltonia orchids. Drought is just as fatal here as waterlogging. Keep the substrate slightly damp with lime-free water at room temperature. Instead of watering the sensitive roots, it is better to immerse them briefly and let the water run off completely.

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Pouring alone is not enough

So that the fragile water balance does not get out of balance, please spray your Miltonia orchid daily in the early morning with a fine mist of soft water. In addition, set up bowls filled with water or humidifiers so that the rainforest plant feels at home.

When and how should I fertilize the Miltonia orchid?

As an epiphytic orchid species, a Miltonia is adjusted to a nutrient-poor environment. Furthermore, the plant does not speak well when it comes to salty fertilizers. How to properly fertilize the pansy orchid:

  • Only use special orchid liquid fertilizer in double dilution for the nutrient supply
  • In spring and summer, add the liquid fertilizer to the irrigation or immersion water every 4 weeks
  • Do not fertilize during the winter break

Do not apply orchid fertilizer to dried substrate or directly and undiluted to the root strands. The Miltonia orchid then either refuses to flower or dies.

At what time does repotting make sense?

Only when the dense network of roots threatens to burst the cultivation pot do you repot the Miltonia. Since this maintenance measure means pure stress for the mimosa-like orchid, the timing must be chosen carefully. An appointment at the end of the flowering period or during the winter break is ideal. Please never repot the pansy orchid in summer.


The loving care will come to nothing if you place the Miltonia orchid in an unsuitable location. Only a bright, not full sun location at the east or west window comes into consideration. The mercury column should be around 17-22 degrees in summer and 15-18 degrees in winter. A year-round humidity of 60 to 80 percent is essential.