Q. I purchased a Militona about a year ago and it was lovely. I kept it for the greenery but it hasn't rebloomed and I understand they are tricky to get them to rebloom.
A. Yes, Miltonia are a bit trickier to rebloom, but if you’d like to try, you can use our 7 steps to reblooming your Phalaenopsis. Specifically, the drop in temperature may trigger new flower spike growth.
Q. I would just like to tell you how incredibly happy I am with your Phal Orchid. I have purchased many of these orchids in the past that came from different growers. None have been the quality of your orchids and the bloom has never lasted as long. I purchased a lovely orchid from Albertsons the first week in Feb. and here it is, almost May and it looks just as beautiful as the day I purchased it. I will be purchasing more. Thank you very much. I love them. I have tried reblooming and have had some success but the flowers are never as big as or as plentiful as when first purchased.
A. So glad that you’re enjoying your Phalaenopsis! You may want to try our 7 steps to reblooming your Phalaenopsis for the best flowers.
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Q. My daughter gave me Miltonia orchid garden from Von's yesterday. The leaves are already brown in places and it needs water. I also can't get out of the 2 containers. Roots may be stuck in bottom. How do I get out? If I repot, do I use potting soil and what do I use for fertilizer? It seems extremely crowded.
A. Orchids like to be “tight” and root bound. We would cut off any brown leaves with a sterile scissors and see how it does. As for the pot, it was placed in the ceramic pot just before it left our facility, so the roots shouldn’t be growing in it yet. The ceramic might have been a little small due to variations in manufacturing. To remove, we’d try to get the potting medium nice and wet so it gets “squishy” and slowly work it out of the ceramic. Just be sure to wear an old t-shirt when you do in case it comes out really quickly and gets some potting medium on you! Then let it get almost dry before watering again, in about 10-14 days.
We wouldn’t recommend repotting until the plant is done blooming, and even then, it can go another year/ blooming season without getting repotted. I should note that we consider Miltonias a “living bouquet” with flowers that last about 6 weeks, sometimes longer. They can be tricky to rebloom and without the perfect greenhouse growing environment they often don’t live for longer than six months from purchase. Some people do have luck with keeping them going, so once it is done blooming, you can fertilize monthly.
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Q. I received a beautiful exotic for Mother's Day but this morning found 2 aphids on it! yuck! How to how do I get rid of them without harming the plant?
A. For just a few aphids, we recommend simply removing them with a cotton swap or spraying them off with a strong stream of cool water. If you find that it’s a continuing or larger problem, use insecticidal soap. You can use Safer’s Insecticidal Soap or make your own with 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent to one gallon of water and spray on plants.
Q. Can you identity the specific name of my plant?
A. At Matsui Nursery, we grow hundreds of different varieties every year and are constantly trying new ones. We buy plants from all over the world, and the same or very similar genetic material can be sold under various names (or even code numbers) depending on the source. In addition, some varieties are developed in-house and we don’t always name them. Due to the vast and ever-changing selection of orchids we grow, we are unable to individually identify orchids by name for our customers at this time. If you'd like to know more what type of orchid you have, check out Our Orchids page.
Q. Our grocery store has been stocking your orchids and I have purchased several. They are vigorous terrific Phaleanopsis specimens and I note that most of them have 3 to 4 spikes per plant. I was wondering how you achieve this. How can I get them to rebloom with so many spikes. I usually only get one or maybe two spikes upon reblooming.
A. The number of flower spikes is associated with both the length of time we grow our plants and the specific variety of orchid. The more spikes, (generally) the older it is. Also some varieties take a little less time than others to grow their flower stems and/or are more likely to get two or more stems. If you’re able to rebloom your two-spiked orchid, you may get three or more flower spikes!
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Q. I have one of your beautiful Miltonia orchid plants from a birthday gift. It has three stems, all blooming (new blooms). When is best to feed? I also have another orchid that had 38 flowers recently, now about 20 flowers. What do I do with the browning stems?
A. We like to feed our orchids after they’re done blooming. They have plenty of nutrients to keep going and going for a long time! You’ll find that flowers start falling, and in two to three months your Miltonia will be done blooming. We recommend removing any brown or dead foliage as you see it. For the healthiest plant, it’s best not to leave it on. You can just hand-pick – or deadhead - these off.
After your Miltonia is finished blooming, you can keep it for its foliage or start fresh with a new plant. Some people in some regions have luck re-blooming, but they are more finicky than Phalaenopsis. If you do want to try, we recommend putting them in an area with slightly cooler nighttime temps to spark blooming. A 15-degree difference should do. They will tolerate varying temps from 60°F nights up to 85°F days. They usually flower in spring, but need a few months of cooler nights to do so. You can also start fertilizing every month with an orchid fertilizer once finished blooming. Find out more at www.matsuinursery.com/reblooming
Q. I was given one of your beautiful yellow Miltonia orchids as I was recovering from surgery and cared for it as instructed but all has now turned brown and I don’t know what to do with it as I am not an experienced orchid grower. Can you give me some advice. Is it going to come back or should I discard it. It was so beautiful I would love to know it will revive.
A. It sounds like your Miltonia may not be doing too well. We consider these orchids a long-lasting “orchid bouquet” and once the foliage starts turning brown in most parts, or falling off, it’s likely time for a new plant. Sometimes this happens after a few months. However, if you’re just seeing the blooms fall off and turn brown, then you can deadhead those and then keep the plant for its foliage. Some climates and growing conditions allow for this plant to be evergreen and long-lasting, and it is a bit more finicky than a Phalaenopsis when it comes to keeping alive for more than a few months or re-blooming. Fortunately, our orchids fall in the $20 range — comparable to a bouquet that lasts just a week —and hopefully you saw blooms for several weeks. We like blooms to last at least four weeks to two months for you, but there are a number of variables, from the way it was handled before you received it to the humidity in your home to the light from your window, that can shorten or lengthen that timespan. Thanks and don’t give up! We recommend trying a Matsui Phalaenopsis for the longest lasting blooms and easiest reblooming.
Q. I was given an Exotic orchid from Matsui as a gift. I love it and have been following your watering directions. It is beginning to drop flowers. Is this normal and will they bloom again?
A. If all of your blooms are wide open (not tight) this is completely normal for your orchid to drop their blooms after a few to several weeks. Most of our varieties of exotics last in-bloom six weeks or more, but some are less. If you’ve followed all the directions on your tag and the orchid looks healthy overall (foliage is upright and green, medium is allowed to almost dry out between waterings and isn’t soggy) then you’re doing a good job! Some orchids are also easier to re-bloom than others. You can check out our reblooming tips for more info!
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Q. If one has cut the spent Miltonia stalk of blooms, will the orchid plant regrow a new stalk, or will it remain only foliage? My mother gave me the exquisite plant last year. Thank you.
A. Unlike Phalaenopsis, but much like Exotics, Miltonias have to grow a new pup, or shoot, for it to produce a new stem. The old one will be foliage from that point on.
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