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.
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