BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part five)

Welcome to the fifth part of my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir.  The BiOrbAir is a specialised, automated terrarium, designed by Barry Reynolds from Reef One.  I first planted this terrarium in August 2015, so at the time of writing, in August 2016, this BiOrbAir terrarium is a year old.  Some, though not all, of the miniature orchids that are currently residing in this terrarium were featured in the original planting of this terrarium in August 2015.

If you would like to start at the very beginning, and read the first part of this trial and BiOrbAir review, please click here.  To read the second part, please click here, to read the third part, please click here, and to read the fourth part, please click here.

Miniature orchids from different countries and climates

For this trial and BiOrbAir review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir, I have chosen a variety of different miniature orchids, originating from different climates and countries, to trial growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  Throughout the trial I will identify varieties of miniature orchids that will thrive in the constant conditions provided by the BiOrbAir terrarium.  I hope this trial will help you if you’re interested in growing miniature orchids, or creating your own indoor terrarium garden.

You can see the full planting list of all the plants that I have trialled growing inside the Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, featured in this review here.  Where you’ll also find the details of all of the nurseries and companies I used to purchase the miniature orchids, moss, and cork for this terrarium.

I used the peat-free, coir compost that was included with my BiOrbAir as the growing media for this terrarium.  I followed the straight-forward instructions to pre-soak the compost before adding it to the terrarium, when I planted the terrarium a year ago.  I didn’t add any other growing media or fertiliser, I used only the coir compost provided with the BiOrbAir.  In the year since planting I haven’t used any fertilisers on either the moss or the coir compost inside this terrarium.

The moss has been watered only with rainwater.  This moss was part of my original planting of this terrarium.  A year later and the moss is still looking in optimum condition – it’s a beautiful verdant green, and provides the perfect backdrop for the miniature orchids.  So far, in the year since planting, I haven’t replaced any of the moss from this terrarium or any of the compost, nor have I added any additional compost to this terrarium.

Any fertilisers I use, and any care or maintenance I undertake, of both the plants, and the BiOrbAir terrarium itself, I will detail here in my BiOrbAir review.  I hope this review will help you if you’re looking to start up your own terrarium, or if you require advice on maintaining your terrarium, or if you’re interested in growing miniature orchids.

Irrigation

Naturally, I will regularly top up the base reservoir of my BiOrbAir with rain water as required.  The rain water in the base reservoir will be absorbed by the capillary matting, which is fitted to the support tray.  The support tray sits above the base reservoir, and the capillary matting sits on top of the support tray.  The strips of capillary matting hang down into the rain water in the base reservoir below, the rain water is absorbed by the capillary matting, which in turn will moisten the compost above.  The absorption of water through the capillary matting will keep the coir compost moist and the plants will be watered automatically.

I will regularly top up the ultrasonic misting unit with Humidimist, a pure bottled water, low in electrolytes, available from Reef One and included as part of the package when you purchase a BiOrbAir.  The Humidimist is the only type of water recommended for use in the ultrasonic misting unit of the BiOrbAir, and it is the only product I will use.

Epiphytic Miniature Orchids

All of the orchids that I have chosen for this trial are epiphytic – epiphytic plants grow naturally on other plants, often they grow on trees.  The trees or plants that the epiphytic orchids grow on, provide height, support and a place for the orchid to grow.

These epiphytic orchids are not the same as parasitic plants like mistletoe, they don’t take any sustenance from their host plant – epiphytic plants don’t usually cause any harm to the host plant they are growing on.  Epiphytic plants simply use another plant as a support, to raise them up, allowing the epiphytic orchid to gain a better position – often where the plant will receive more light, water, and better air circulation, than it would receive without the host plant.  Epiphytic orchids take all their water and nutrients from the air, the rain, and any accumulated debris that collects in the branches of their host tree.  All of the miniature epiphytic orchids featured in this trial have been mounted onto cork bark.

Cork for terrariums

Cork is such an amazing and interesting, fascinating natural material.  Obtained from the bark of Quercus suber, (commonly known as the Cork Oak), cork has many uses.  The cork industry is regarded as sustainable, as the Quercus suber trees are not required to be cut down in order to harvest the bark, and harvesting the bark does not harm the tree – the Quercus suber trees continue to grow after their bark is harvested, and their bark also re-grows – the trees go on provide future harvests at regular intervals every 9 years or so.  I purchased my cork bark online from the Jelinek Cork Group.

Misting the orchids

I mist my miniature orchids.  Misting is the method I use to irrigate and feed the miniature orchids inside this terrarium.  To fertilise my miniature orchids, I use Orchid Focus Grow and Orchid Focus Bloom.  I purchased both of these fertilisers from the shop at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  I feed my orchids only sparingly, following the instructions on the pack.  These miniature orchids wouldn’t naturally receive an abundance of nutrients in their natural environment.  Over feeding can be very detrimental to your orchid plants.

Changing the way I mount my orchids

When this terrarium was originally planted in August 2015, I chose to mount the miniature orchids onto the cork using fishing line to secure the orchids in place.  I was thinking purely aesthetically when I chose to use fishing line to secure the orchids – as it’s clear material, and so not as visible – I felt it wouldn’t detract from the beauty of the orchids.  I did have real concerns that the fishing line could act as a cheese wire, and slice into the roots of the orchids, but I went ahead and used it regardless – all of the orchids were mounted onto the cork bark and secured in place with fishing line, which I cushioned by placing moss over the roots of each of the plants.

At the end of March 2016, during a visit to the The Botanic Gardens at Kew, I spoke to the orchid experts in the tropical nurseries, where I found out that Kew use strips of material, cut from stockings, to secure all their epiphytic orchids.

Although I hadn’t noticed any problems from using the fishing line to secure my orchids so far, after my visit to Kew, I immediately took the decision to remove the fishing line securing all of my epiphytic orchids.  Where necessary, I re-mounted my orchids, using small strips of material, cut from stockings, to secure the orchids in place.

For many years now I have used stockings as ties for trees and other garden plants with great success.  Prior to March 2016, I hadn’t previously used stockings to secure my epiphytic orchids, this was purely for aesthetic reasons.  The strips of stockings when they are newly applied, even when cut very thinly, are very visible.  This does detract somewhat from the beauty of the orchids and the terrarium when viewed as a display.

However, overtime the strips of material do blend in somewhat, as the moss grows over the strips of material, and they are naturally discoloured by the humidity, water, moss and natural materials inside the terrarium, this does camouflage the strips somewhat, softening their effect.

I am certain that securing the orchids using soft strips of stockings is better for the orchids, and these plants are my priority.  With this method, using strips of material cut from stockings, there isn’t any risk of slicing through any of the orchid roots, as there was when using the fishing line.

Orchids I am currently growing inside this BiOrbAir terrarium:

Following the re-organisation of this terrarium on the 26th May 2016, I now have the following orchids growing inside this terrarium:

  • Angraecum equitans
  • Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’
  • Diplocaulobium abbreviatum
  • Domingoa purpurea
  • Dryadella simula
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Masdevallia decumana
  • Masdevallia rechingeriana
  • Mediocalcar decoratum
  • Phalaenopsis parishii

Four of these miniature orchids – Angraecum equitans, Diplocaulobium abbreviatum, Domingoa purpurea, and Masdevallia decumana, were included in my original planting of this terrarium a year ago.  I then added the Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ specimen in January 2016.  On the 9th April 2016, I added Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’, Dryadella simula, and Masdevallia rechingeriana, and in May 2016, I added Phalaenopsis parishii – which had been growing in another of my terrariums.  On the 26th May 2016, I added Mediocalcar decoratum to this terrarium.

You can see the full planting list for this terrarium here, where you’ll find the full details of where I have purchased all of my miniature orchids, the moss, and the cork I have used inside this terrarium.

This Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is now a year old!

Firstly, a recap, here’s a picture of my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, this photograph was taken in August 2015 – the same month that this terrarium was originally planted and set up a year ago:

My Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir on 26th August 2015.
My Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir on 26th August 2015.

Here’s the same terrarium, now with rearranged planting, and the inclusion of some additional miniature orchids, pictured a year later, on the 13th August 2016:

My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.

This Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is now a year old.  I have so enjoyed planting this terrarium and trialling miniature epiphytic orchids inside this BiOrbAir terrarium to see how well they fare.  It’s been great fun!  I wonder what the next year holds – which orchids will flower next?

Let’s take a tour around this terrarium….

My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is pictured here on the 13th August 2016. This terrarium is now a year old.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is pictured here on the 13th August 2016. This terrarium is now a year old.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
This terrarium is now a year old. I have so enjoyed trialling miniature orchids inside this terrarium over the past year. The moss inside this terrarium was included in the original planting a year ago.
This terrarium is now a year old. I have so enjoyed trialling miniature orchids inside this terrarium over the past year. The moss inside this terrarium was included in the original planting a year ago.
This, my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, is now a year old. Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
This, my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, is now a year old. Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
I so enjoy trialling miniature orchids inside this, and my other BiOrbAir terrarium. My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is pictured here on the 13th August 2016.
I so enjoy trialling miniature orchids inside this, and my other BiOrbAir terrarium. My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is pictured here on the 13th August 2016.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
This Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is now a year old. In this photograph, taken on the 13th August 2016, Domingoa purpurea is finally in bud and Dryadella simula is in bloom.
This Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is now a year old. In this photograph, taken on the 13th August 2016, Domingoa purpurea is finally in bud and Dryadella simula is in bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. Inside this terrarium Domingoa purpurea is currently in bud, and Dryadella simula is in full bloom.

A look at each of the Miniature Orchids inside this terrarium…

Mediocalcar decoratum

This Mediocalcar decoratum is the newest introduction to this terrarium. This miniature orchid is looking much healthy than last month, as I have taken the time to mist my orchids more frequently since my last update. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
This Mediocalcar decoratum is the newest introduction to this terrarium. This miniature orchid is looking much healthy than last month, as I have taken the time to mist my orchids more frequently since my last update. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Phalanopsis parishii

Despite being nibbled, the new leaf this Phalaenopsis parishii has produced has grown to a good size. This miniature orchid is growing well inside this terrarium - its growth improved distinctly after I moved this miniature orchid to a lighter position within this terrarium. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Despite being nibbled, the new leaf this Phalaenopsis parishii has produced has grown to a good size. This miniature orchid is growing well inside this terrarium – its growth improved distinctly after I moved this miniature orchid to a lighter position within this terrarium. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
The new leaf that this Phalaenopsis parishii produced has a rather raggedy appearance, as the leaf was unfortunately chewed by an unidentified insect. Despite being nibbled, the new leaf has grown to a good size. This miniature orchid is growing well inside this terrarium. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
The new leaf that this Phalaenopsis parishii produced has a rather raggedy appearance, as the leaf was unfortunately chewed by an unidentified insect. Despite being nibbled, the new leaf has grown to a good size. This miniature orchid is growing well inside this terrarium. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Dryadella simula

Dryadella simula, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Dryadella simula, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Dryadella simula, as pictured, in flower, on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Dryadella simula, as pictured, in flower, on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
A closer look at the tiny flowers of Dryadella simula, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
A closer look at the tiny flowers of Dryadella simula, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Masdevallia rechingeriana

This Masdevallia rechingeriana hasn't been in flower since early July 2016, which is about a month ago. Pictured, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 13th August 2016.
This Masdevallia rechingeriana hasn’t been in flower since early July 2016, which is about a month ago. Pictured, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 13th August 2016.
This Masdevallia decumana has grown well inside the BiOrbAir, this plant has produced a lot of new growth, its leaves are a lovely fresh green. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
This Masdevallia decumana has grown well inside the BiOrbAir, this plant has produced a lot of new growth, its leaves are a lovely fresh green. Pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Angraecum equitans

Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago, this specimen has yet to flower.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago, this specimen has yet to flower.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago, this specimen has yet to flower.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago, this specimen has yet to flower.

Diplocaulobium abbreviatum

Diplocaulobium abbreviatum, as pictured inside my Miniature orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 13th August 2016. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago. So far, this specimen is yet to flower. I do wonder whether I should move this miniature orchid onto a better position within this terrarium, where it will receive more light.
Diplocaulobium abbreviatum, as pictured inside my Miniature orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 13th August 2016. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago. So far, this specimen is yet to flower. I do wonder whether I should move this miniature orchid onto a better position within this terrarium, where it will receive more light.

Masdevallia decumana

A view of the undersides of the Masdevallia decumana's leaves, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago.
A view of the undersides of the Masdevallia decumana’s leaves, as pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago.
Another view of my Masdevallia decumana, this time the photograph was taken from above. As pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid is pictured here on one of the rare occasions that its not been in flower. This is a very floriferous orchid, it's a great plant to include in your collection.
Another view of my Masdevallia decumana, this time the photograph was taken from above. As pictured on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This miniature orchid is pictured here on one of the rare occasions that its not been in flower. This is a very floriferous orchid, it’s a great plant to include in your collection.

Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’

Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor' is pictured here on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir terrarium. This miniature orchid is growing well, producing new roots and leaves, which is lovely to see.
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ is pictured here on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir terrarium. This miniature orchid is growing well, producing new roots and leaves, which is lovely to see.
Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor' is pictured here on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir terrarium. This miniature orchid is growing well, its producing new roots and leaves, which is lovely to see.
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ is pictured here on the 13th August 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir terrarium. This miniature orchid is growing well, its producing new roots and leaves, which is lovely to see.

Domingoa purpurea about to bloom!

Domingoa purpurea is pictured here, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 13th August 2016. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago. This plant has been producing flower spikes for nearly a year now. One of the spikes has now finally produced proper buds, which are just visible as a pink blob in the background of this photograph.
Domingoa purpurea is pictured here, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 13th August 2016. This miniature orchid was included in the original planting of this terrarium a year ago. This plant has been producing flower spikes for nearly a year now. One of the spikes has now finally produced proper buds, which are just visible as a pink blob in the background of this photograph.
I took this Domingoa purpurea specimen out of my terrarium today, so I could get a closer look at the plant. I am so happy to share these photographs, of three Domingoa purpurea flower buds, on one flower spike, with you! Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
I took this Domingoa purpurea specimen out of my terrarium today, so I could get a closer look at the plant. I am so happy to share these photographs, of three Domingoa purpurea flower buds, on one flower spike, with you! Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn't have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 13th August 2016. I initially included this miniature orchid in my original planting of this terrarium, as a bit of a joke, as it has long flower spikes, which because of their length, makes this miniature orchid not an ideal choice for small terrariums.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn’t have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 13th August 2016. I initially included this miniature orchid in my original planting of this terrarium, as a bit of a joke, as it has long flower spikes, which because of their length, makes this miniature orchid not an ideal choice for small terrariums.
A closer look at the leaves of Domingoa purpurea, pictured on the 13th August 2016.
A closer look at the leaves of Domingoa purpurea, pictured on the 13th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has now produced three Domingoa purpurea flower buds, on one flower spike. This miniature orchid is not quick to flower - this flower spike has been in production for nearly a year. Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has now produced three Domingoa purpurea flower buds, on one flower spike. This miniature orchid is not quick to flower – this flower spike has been in production for nearly a year. Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn't have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn’t have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
I took this Domingoa purpurea specimen out of my terrarium today, so I could get a closer look at the plant. I am so happy to share these photographs, of three Domingoa purpurea flower buds, on one flower spike, with you! Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
I took this Domingoa purpurea specimen out of my terrarium today, so I could get a closer look at the plant. I am so happy to share these photographs, of three Domingoa purpurea flower buds, on one flower spike, with you! Pictured on the 13th August 2016.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. This BiOrbAir terrarium is now a year old. Some of the plants that are currently growing inside this terrarium were included in the original planting of this terrarium: for example: Angraecum equitans, Diplocaulobium abbreviatum, Domingoa purpurea, and Masdevallia decumana.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium pictured on the 13th August 2016. This BiOrbAir terrarium is now a year old. Some of the plants that are currently growing inside this terrarium were included in the original planting of this terrarium: for example: Angraecum equitans, Diplocaulobium abbreviatum, Domingoa purpurea, and Masdevallia decumana.

Domingoa purpurea flowering at last!

Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! The largest of the three Domingoa purpurea flower buds started opening today! I took this photograph in the evening, with the lights on. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my last update, when I photographed this orchid in natural light. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! The largest of the three Domingoa purpurea flower buds started opening today! I took this photograph in the evening, with the lights on. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my last update, when I photographed this orchid in natural light. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! The largest of the three Domingoa purpurea flower buds started opening today! Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! The largest of the three Domingoa purpurea flower buds started opening today! Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! The largest of the three Domingoa purpurea flower buds started opening today! Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! The largest of the three Domingoa purpurea flower buds started opening today! Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn't have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn’t have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn't have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn’t have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn't have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
This Domingoa purpurea specimen has produced three flower buds, on one of its two flower spikes. This plant does have one other flower spike, but the second spike doesn’t have any buds as yet. Pictured on the 15th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. This may account for the differences between the colour of the blooms in todays photographs, and the colour of the Domingoa purpurea blooms, in my previous updates. Pictured on the 17th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph with a British five-pence piece to clearly show the size of the blooms. Aren't they tiny! Pictured on the 17th August 2016, in natural daylight.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph with a British five-pence piece to clearly show the size of the blooms. Aren’t they tiny! Pictured on the 17th August 2016, in natural daylight.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is a closer look at the Domingoa purpurea bloom. I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Here is a closer look at the Domingoa purpurea bloom. I took this photograph in the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.

Dradella simula flowers

Dryadella simula is also flowering inside this terrarium.

Also in bloom in this terrarium is Dryadella simula. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.
Also in bloom in this terrarium is Dryadella simula. Pictured on the 19th August 2016.

Domingoa Purpurea flowers

Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016. Here's a close up of the first Domingoa purpurea flower to open on this plant. This plant has produced one other open flower, and a bud, which will open in a day or two.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016. Here’s a close up of the first Domingoa purpurea flower to open on this plant. This plant has produced one other open flower, and a bud, which will open in a day or two.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016. It's wonderful to see the Domingoa purpurea petals close up, they look like they are made of spun sugar or glass.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the afternoon, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 21st August 2016. It’s wonderful to see the Domingoa purpurea petals close up, they look like they are made of spun sugar or glass.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the evening, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 23rd August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the evening, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 23rd August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the evening, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 23rd August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the evening, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 23rd August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the evening, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 23rd August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the evening, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 23rd August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
It's been wonderful to see my Domingoa purpurea bloom. I had almost given up hope of this miniature orchid coming into flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. It's lovely to see this orchid's new growth, but this is not a miniature orchid that is ideally suited to growing in terrariums, due to the length of its flower spikes. I included this Domingoa purpurea in this miniature orchid trial to show the differences in orchid flowers and for comedy value. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
It’s been wonderful to see my Domingoa purpurea bloom. I had almost given up hope of this miniature orchid coming into flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. It’s lovely to see this orchid’s new growth, but this is not a miniature orchid that is ideally suited to growing in terrariums, due to the length of its flower spikes. I included this Domingoa purpurea in this miniature orchid trial to show the differences in orchid flowers and for comedy value. Pictured on the 27th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Here is today's Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight, with a British five-pence piece, to show the diminutive size of the Domingoa purpurea flowers. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Here is today’s Domingoa purpurea update! I took this photograph in the middle of the morning, in natural daylight, with a British five-pence piece, to show the diminutive size of the Domingoa purpurea flowers. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.

Dryadella simula flowers

Also in bloom inside the Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is Dryadella simula. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Also in bloom inside the Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is Dryadella simula. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Also in bloom inside the Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is Dryadella simula. Pictured on the 29th August 2016. The flowers of this miniature orchid become flushed with red as they age.
Also in bloom inside the Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium is Dryadella simula. Pictured on the 29th August 2016. The flowers of this miniature orchid become flushed with red as they age.
Here is a closer look at an aging Dryadella simula flower. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.
Here is a closer look at an aging Dryadella simula flower. Pictured on the 29th August 2016.

2nd September 2016

On the whole, the miniature orchids are all growing well inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  Domingoa purpurea and Dryadella simula are both flowering, and other orchids, such as the Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ and Phalaenopsis parishii are growing exceptionally well, producing new roots and leaves.  The only plant that isn’t growing quite as well as I had hoped, is the Diplocaulobium abbreviatum.

My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd September 2016. Inside this terrarium, Domingoa purpurea, and Dryadella simula are flowering.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd September 2016. Inside this terrarium, Domingoa purpurea, and Dryadella simula are flowering.
This Diplocaulobium abbreviatum specimen isn't looking as good as I would like it to. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016 inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
This Diplocaulobium abbreviatum specimen isn’t looking as good as I would like it to. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016 inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor', on the left hand side of the photograph and Diplocaulobium abbreviatum on the right hand side. You can just make out Phalaenopsis parishii above. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’, on the left hand side of the photograph and Diplocaulobium abbreviatum on the right hand side. You can just make out Phalaenopsis parishii above. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor', pictured on the 2nd September 2016. This miniature orchid has grown surprisingly well inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’, pictured on the 2nd September 2016. This miniature orchid has grown surprisingly well inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
A closer look at the Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor' specimen that's growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. As you can see in this photograph, this miniature orchid has sent out quite a number of new roots. The various mosses are growing so well inside this terrarium; moss has grown around and over the orchid's pseudobulbs.
A closer look at the Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ specimen that’s growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. As you can see in this photograph, this miniature orchid has sent out quite a number of new roots. The various mosses are growing so well inside this terrarium; moss has grown around and over the orchid’s pseudobulbs.
A closer look at the moss that s growing so beautifully around the Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor'. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
A closer look at the moss that s growing so beautifully around the Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
This Masdevallia decumana last flowered in July of this year. This is a very floriferous orchid, it produces large, showy flowers in quick succession. Although not visible in this photograph, I spotted the beginnings of a flower bud when I took this image. Pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 2nd September 2016.
This Masdevallia decumana last flowered in July of this year. This is a very floriferous orchid, it produces large, showy flowers in quick succession. Although not visible in this photograph, I spotted the beginnings of a flower bud when I took this image. Pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 2nd September 2016.
Masdevallia rechingeriana, pictured on the 2nd September 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Masdevallia rechingeriana, pictured on the 2nd September 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Phalaenopsus parishii, pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016.
Phalaenopsus parishii, pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016.
This Mediocalcar decoratum is growing well inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016.
This Mediocalcar decoratum is growing well inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. Pictured on the 2nd September 2016.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 2nd September 2016. This orchid has been growing inside this terrarium for over a year, it is yet to flower.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 2nd September 2016. This orchid has been growing inside this terrarium for over a year, it is yet to flower.
Dryadella simula pictured flowering inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016. Angraecum equitans is just to the left hand side of the Dryadella.
Dryadella simula pictured flowering inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016. Angraecum equitans is just to the left hand side of the Dryadella.
A closer look at Dryadella simula's tiny flowers. Pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAIr Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016.
A closer look at Dryadella simula’s tiny flowers. Pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAIr Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016.
Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky', as pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016.
Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’, as pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd September 2016.
Domingoa purpurea, as pictured in flower, on the 2nd September 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.
Domingoa purpurea, as pictured in flower, on the 2nd September 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd September 2016. Inside this terrarium, Domingoa purpurea, and Dryadella simula are flowering.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd September 2016. Inside this terrarium, Domingoa purpurea, and Dryadella simula are flowering.

23rd September 2016

Domingoa purpurea

I originally included a Domingoa purpurea specimen inside this terrarium as a bit of a joke.  I thought it might be comical to include this miniature orchid, with its lengthy flower spikes, which due to their size, render this plant unsuitable for most terrariums.  I thought that by including this Domingoa, I could clearly demonstrate why it’s good to research any plants you’re thinking of buying prior to making a purchase, as miniature orchids come in an array of shapes and sizes.

Actually, the reality was that I found Domingoa purpurea fun to grow.  I admired this Domingoa purpurea specimen’s steely determination, as I watched the miniature orchid forcefully drive its roots into the cork bark, claiming its spot within my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  As you’ll have seen earlier on in this review – there was room for this miniature orchid, and its considerably sized flower spikes inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  More than that – this Domingoa purpurea, flowered successfully inside this terrarium – something that I doubted was possible on more than one occasion.

I have enjoyed growing the Domingoa purpurea, but I have now have given this miniature orchid to a friend.

10th October 2016

Today the Masdevallia decumana bloom you see in the pictures below opened.  This Masdevallia decumana specimen is in the process of producing a number of new blooms – this miniature orchid has a few smaller buds, all in earlier stages of production.

The Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ specimen that resides inside this terrarium is also about to come into flower – there are a number of tiny flower buds dotted around the plant.  So there is much to look forward to inside this terrarium.

The minuscule blooms of Dryadella simula are fading, but hopefully there will be much to enjoy inside this terrarium over the coming months.

My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula and Masdevallia decumana are in bloom, and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula and Masdevallia decumana are in bloom, and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is in bud.
A different view of my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016.
A different view of my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016.
Another view of my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016.
Another view of my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016.

Miniature Orchids

Phalaenopsis parishii

Phalaenopsis parishii, as pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This lovely miniature orchid is producing a beautiful new leaf.
Phalaenopsis parishii, as pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This lovely miniature orchid is producing a beautiful new leaf.

Masdevallia decumana blooming

This Masdevallia decumana bloom opened today, pictured on the 10th October 2016. As you can see, this miniature orchid has produced a number of new buds, which are in earlier stages of development.
This Masdevallia decumana bloom opened today, pictured on the 10th October 2016. As you can see, this miniature orchid has produced a number of new buds, which are in earlier stages of development.
Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is pictured on bud, whilst this Masdevallia decumana bloom opened today. Pictured on the 10th October 2016 inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is pictured on bud, whilst this Masdevallia decumana bloom opened today. Pictured on the 10th October 2016 inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
The tiny flower buds of Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' in the foreground, contrast with the large blooms of Masdevallia decumana behind. Pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 10th October 2016.
The tiny flower buds of Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in the foreground, contrast with the large blooms of Masdevallia decumana behind. Pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 10th October 2016.

Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’

Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor' pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 10th October 2016.
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 10th October 2016.
Bulbophyllum falcatum 'Minor' pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 10th October 2016.
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 10th October 2016.

Masdevallia rechingeriana

Masdevallia rechingeriana pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 10th October 2016.
Masdevallia rechingeriana pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 10th October 2016.

Angraecum equitans

Angraecum equitans, pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Angraecum equitans, pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Dryadella simula

Dryadella simula still has a couple of open, but fading blooms. Pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Dryadella simula still has a couple of open, but fading blooms. Pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
The tips of the leaves on this Dryadella simula have been looking rather yellow for the past couple of months, pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
The tips of the leaves on this Dryadella simula have been looking rather yellow for the past couple of months, pictured on the 10th October 2016, inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Mediocalcar decoratum

Mediocalcar decoratum as pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 10th October 2016.
Mediocalcar decoratum as pictured inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 10th October 2016.

Miniature orchids

My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016. Inside this terrarium, Dryadella simula, Masdevallia decumana are in flower and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is in bud.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016.
My Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 10th October 2016.

Other articles that may interest you…………..

To continue reading this review and see the new miniature orchids I have now added to this Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, please click here.

To see the planting list for this terrarium and find the details of the companies where I purchased my orchids, moss and cork from, please click here.

To visit the BiOrbAir website, please click here.

To read my review of the special features of the BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.

To read about terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read about the RHS London Orchid Show 2016, please click here.

To read a planting list containing a variety of plants suitable for terrarium and bottle garden growing, please click here.

To read a planting list of miniature orchids suitable for terrarium growing, please click here.

To read about Grammatophyllum speciosum, the largest known variety of orchid in the world, which flowered in the summer of 2015 at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, please click here.

To find out more about The Writhlington Orchid Project, please click here.

To read about carnivorous plants, please click here.

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