Pansy Orchid 'Sunset' - PlantMiltonia 'Sunset'
Miltonia Orchid ‘Sunset’ is an exceptionally exciting orchid obtained by crossing different varieties from the tropical jungles of Brazil. The flowers have a lovely colour combination and make it rather resemble a large pansy. This is the perfect variety to give a beautiful tropical feel to your home and can bloom several times a year. The Miltonia Orchid 'Sunset' is available all year round.Show more
Show moreYour 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.
Show moreThe 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.
Dormant periodThe 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.
Show moreThe 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.
Miltonia 'Sunset’ belongs to the orchid family (Orchidaceae). This variety is native to the rainforests of Brazil. In its natural environment, it is found at the top of the trees and on the rocks (epiphyte). The aerial roots which are embedded in the bark of trees and rocks slots feed on the rain and morning dew. This kind of orchid must be planted in a special light potting soil, because the roots are actually aerial roots.
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.