Orchid 'Red Tide' - PlantMiltoniopsis 'Red Tide'
Unusual - a scented orchid!
The big red blooms on orchid 'Red Tide' resemble huge pansies so it's obvious why this is called the pansy orchid. Can actually bloom several times a year. Add a touch of the tropics to your home with this fabulous orchid! Miltonia 'Red Tide' can be supplied all year round. Graceful orchid Miltonia 'Red Tide' originated in Columbia in the Andes range. You will receive a plant with 2 flower stems already in bud. Miltonia was recently reclassified as Miltoniopsis.Show more
Show moreYour pansy orchid is delivered in the nursery pot in which it grew. Stand it in a light spot in the living room out of direct sunlight. Around 18-22° C is the perfect temperature for Miltonia 'Red Tide'.
Show moreKeep the roots of the pansy orchid moist with regular watering preferably with warm rain water or other lime-free water - soak the pot in rainwater for best results but be sure it drains well - good drainage is important and the plant must not be left to stand in water. 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. Spray the plant regularly to retain high air humidity. The flower sprig can be removed once all the flowers have died. Each tuber will flower once and then forms at least one new ‘pseudo bulb’.When the plant becomes too large, you can repot into a larger pot. Miltonia 'Red Tide' can also be propagated by dividing the pseudobulbs and planting at least 3 of them together in a new pot. Use a sharp knife to separate them and plant in special orchid medium.
Dormant periodThe pansy orchid will form pseudobulbs (usually) in the autumn - when you see them appear you will know the plant is still in a growth spurt so do keep feeding. Once they are thickened up and feel sturdy, they will need a dormant period of around 8-12 weeks. Stand it in a cooler spot (approx. 16 degrees Celsius), water sparingly once a fortnight and do not feed. Do not allow the potting medium to dry out entirely. New buds are formed in this dormant period following upon which you can stand your Miltonia 'Red Tide' in the warmth of the living room again, and water and feed it once more. After 3 months you will see new flower sprigs appear. Buds can also be encouraged if the plant is stood outdoors in a sheltered spot in the summer - the rhythm of day and night temps is the catalyst. (This treatment is an alternative to standing the pot in a cooler room during the dormant period).
Show moreThe petals come in shades of red and pink with a bright white edged lip in the middle and a small yellow centre - a really lovely looking flower. This is an easily grown houseplant that is guaranteed to be often admired.Miltonia 'Red Tide' is classified under Orchidaceae and originates in the high Andes of South America where they grow high in trees in the rainforest or on rock, fastening and feeding themselves via aerial roots which drink in the morning dew and rains, to tree bark and cracks in bare rock. This variety of orchid requires a particularly light potting medium special for orchids, because the roots are in fact aerial roots. The orchid family is a very exciting family to belong to. Orchids often appear to resemble certain female insects in order to attract male insects of that particular type. This false mating is used as a way to distribute the pollen on the stamens, and this then forms seed. This imitating of female insects can go really far as not just the shape of the flower but even the production of certain pheromones (a fast dissipating scent that can influence sexual behaviours) is used by the flowers to attract the males. The bobbing heads of the flowers also resembles the movements of the female insects.
The Miltonia was recently renamed Miltoniopsis but is more popularly known as the former.