|Latin name:||Miltonia 'Sunset'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Growing Height:||55 - 70 cm|
Your Miltonia comes in a nursery pot. Stand it in a light spot in the living room out of direct sunlight. Around 18-22° C is the perfect temperature for a Miltonia.
The roots of the Miltonia ‘Sunset’ should be watered regularly preferably with warm rainwater or other calcium free water. In summer the plant needs more water, the best way is to immerse it in warm rainwater. Make sure that the pot has adequate drainage. Add some liquid fertiliser to the watering can once a month. Choose a fertiliser that you would use for flowering plants or tomatoes, with a high potassium content and spray regularly to increase humidity. When flowering is over you can cut off the flower stems. Each tuber only flowers once but then forms at least one new pseudo-bulb.
When the plant becomes too large, you can repot into a larger pot. Miltonia ‘Sunset’ can also be propagated by dividing the pseudobulbs and planting a group of at least 3 'tubers' together in a new pot. Use a sharp knife to separate them and plant in special orchid medium which is very light.
The Miltonia will form new pseudobulbs usually in the autumn. When they appear the plant is obviously still growing. When they have aquired the right size and feel plump and firm, give the plant a rest period of about 8-12 weeks by standing it in a cooler spot (about 16° C), water sparingly (once every 2 weeks) and do not feed. Caution: Do not, however, allow the potting compost to dry out entirely. New buds will now be encouraged to grow. After this period of rest, stand the Miltonia 'Orchid Sunset' in a warmer room and again start watering and feeding as usual. After about 3 months you should see new flower stems appearing.
Standing the plant in a sheltered spot outdoors in the summer can also stimulate the formation of new buds. It's the temperature differences between night and day that promotes the formation of new buds. This method is an alternative to the rest period in a cool room.
The Miltonia Orchid 'Sunset' is a beautiful orchid, the petals are a light yellow-green colour with a decorative large pink white lip and a cute yellow heart. The result is sublime…and what a success in the living room! Quite an easy houseplant to grow that will attract many admiring glances.
The Miltonia Orchid 'Sunset' was obtained by crossing two other miltonia: Miltonia Miltonia regnellii and 'Goodale', which in turn originated by crossing the variety Miltonia clowesii x Miltonia flavescens.