Pansy Orchid 'Herr Alexandre' - Plant

Miltonia 'Herr Alexandre'
Pansy Orchid 'Herr Alexandre'

Unusual - a scented orchid!

Miltonia 'Herr Alexandre' is a very lovely orchid with stunning pure white flowers accentuated by two dark-purple 'eyes' that are quite eye-catching. This orchid can flower several times a year. The pansy orchid, Miltonia 'Herr Alexandre' is available all year round. Do consider ordering more than one so you too can achieve the lovely effect from these flowers in your home.
Supplied with at least two flower stems in bud.
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£ 14.99

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  • Planting
  • 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.
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  • Care
  • 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.
    Dormant period
    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.)
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  • Specifics
  • 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
    The various forefathers of the Miltonia 'Herr Alexandre' orchid were originally found in the high Andes of South America where they grow high in the trees and on rocks. They grab hold of bark and crevices in the rocks with their aerial roots and feed on morning dew and rain. This type of orchid must be kept in an unusually light potting medium because these aerial roots are of course now in the pot.

    The orchid family (Orchidaceae) is a very exciting family to belong to. Orchids often try to resemble certain female insects in order to attract male insects of that particular type and have them mate on their flowers. This false mating is simply 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 waving back and forth of this particular flower is yet another trick to entice the male insects.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Miltonia  'Herr Alexandre'
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% growth and flowering guarantee
    Color White, Purple, Yellow
    Light preference partial sun
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
    Growing height55 - 70 cm
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