|Latin name:||Miltonia 'Herr Alexandre'|
|Delivery type:||Delivered as plant in nursery pot|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Growing Height:||55 - 70 cm|
The Violet Orchid comes in a nursery pot. Stand it in a sunny spot in the living room, but not in full sun. Perfect temperature for the Miltonia Herr Alexandre' is between 18 and 22°C.
Keep the roots of the Miltonia ‘Herr Alexander’ moist with regular watering preferably using lime free (rain) water. Needs a lot of watering in the summer months - do not hesitate to plunge the plant into a container of luke-warm water and then let it drain – good drainage is important and the plant must not be left to stand in water. Never water the leaves, only the soil. Use a liquid fertiliser every month - use what you would for flowering plants or tomatoes, something with a high potassium content. Spray the plant to keep humidity high. Cut overblown flower stems at the bottom of the stem. Each pseudobulb will flower once and then forms a new pseudobulb at least once more. Pot up into a larger pot if the plant outgrows the pot. You can divide the pseudobulbs (with a knife) and plant them in groups of at least three in a pot. Use a specific soil for orchids, which is very light, composed of moss and bark.
The Violet orchid creates new pseudobulbs (usually) in the autumn. If they do appear, your plant is obviously growing well. Once they are fully grown (grown thick and firm), the plant will need to rest for 8-12 weeks. Stand somewhere cooler (about 16°C), water sparingly once a fortnight and do not feed. However, do not allow the potting medium to dry out entirely. New buds will form in this dormant period, after which you can return your plant to the warm living room once more, giving it more water and feeding it too. After 3 months, the flower spikes will reappear. Standing the plant in a sheltered spot outdoors in the summer will also encourage new buds. The day and night temperature rhythms will stir the buds into development. (This method is an alternative to storing the plant in a cooler room.)
The Miltonia ‘Alexander Herr’ is a beautiful orchid with pure white flowers with a yellow and purple centre, displaying 2 dark-purple 'eyes' making it resemble a large pansy (violet), hence the name. Do you think that the markings rather resemble eyes? This is quite an easy house plant to grow that will be much admired.
Miltonia 'Herr Alexandre' is the result of a hybrid of 2 other cultivars: Miltonia 'Alexandre Dumas x Herrenhausen'