White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial (part two)

Welcome to the second part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial.

I decided to plant up this White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium in April 2017, after receiving many requests from readers asking about white flowered, miniature, epiphytic orchids to grow in terrariums.  I didn’t have a spare terrarium available to plant at the time, so I decided to empty, and then re-plant my long-term review BiOrbAir terrarium with a variety of species of white flowered orchids, to showcase how beautiful a single colour planting scheme for terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, or bottle gardens, can be.

My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th May 2017.

The BiOrbAir is a specialised, automated, terrarium, which was designed by Barry Reynolds, and is available from BiOrb.

My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th May 2017.

White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium Planting List

  • Aerangis biloba
  • Amesiella minor
  • Amesiella monticola
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Ceratochilus biglandulosus
  • Holcoglossum flavescens
  • Masdevallia tovarensis
  • Neofinetia falcata
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii
  • Podangis dactyloceras 

You can see the full planting list for this terrarium here, where you’ll find more details about each of these orchids, together with the details of all of the nurseries and suppliers I used to purchase my orchids, mosses, and cork for this terrarium.

For information on how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark, please click here.

My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th May 2017.

White flowered miniature epiphytic orchids

At this early stage of my White Orchid Trial – with such new plants, I am just hoping that the orchids did not suffer too badly on their journey to me.  I hope that the plants will adjust well to their new environment, and grow well inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th May 2017.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th May 2017.

Aerangis biloba

I haven’t seen any real change in the demeanour of this Aerangis biloba specimen since its introduction to this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  I have my fingers crossed that this miniature orchid will grow well inside this terrarium.

Aerangis biloba, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Amesiella minor

I was thrilled to be able to include two Amesiella minor specimens inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  Sadly, one of the specimens declined quickly after its introduction to this terrarium, and has now been removed and disposed of.

I hope with all my heart that the remaining Amesiella minor specimen does not suffer the same fate.  As you can see in the photograph below the remaining specimen has recently tipped over, so that the undersides of its leaves are facing towards the light.  I have now remounted this miniature orchid, with the aim of rectifying this.

The first of Amesiella minor specimens, as pictured inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 8th May 2017.

Amesiella monticola

Amesiella monticola is a larger Amesiella species, that produces beautiful white flowers which are very large – the blooms are almost as big as the plant itself.  I have one specimen of this orchid species growing inside this terrarium; I hope that this miniature orchid will grow well inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 8th May 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Angraecum distichum

I adore Angraecum distichum!  This is an orchid with incredible foliage; an amazing plant, that looks interesting and beautiful on each and every day of the year.  I hope this orchid will grow well and thrive inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Angraecum distichum
Angraecum distichum, as pictured n the 8th May 2017.

Brachypeza semiteretifolia

I have two Brachypeza semiteretifolia specimens growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  I hope that both plants will grow strongly inside this terrarium.  Here are some photographs of the plants:

Brachypeza semiteretifolia, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Brachypeza semiteretifolia, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Ceratochilus biglandulosus

This Ceratochilus boglandulosus specimen and the Amesiella minor specimen are two of the smallest miniature orchids growing inside this terrarium.  I hope that this miniature orchid will grow well inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Ceratochilus biglandulosus, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Holcoglossum flavescens

I hope that this Holcoglossum favescens specimen will grow well inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Holcoglossum flavescens, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Holcoglossum flavescens, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Masdevallia tovarensis

On the 18th May 2017, I removed the yellowing leaf from this Masdevallia tovarensis specimen.  The plant had this yellow leaf at the time when it was purchased and I had meant to remove the leaf before then.  I hope that this miniature orchid will find the optimum conditions for growth and will grow well inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Masdevallia tovarensis, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Neofinetia falcata

Neofinetia falcata is a much admired orchid.  As you can see in the photographs below, Neofinetia falcata produces wonderful roots which have a real energy and appeal.

Neofinetia falcata is another orchid which is truly beautiful, the whole plant having an attractive shape and form.  This is an orchid which has an elegant poise and demeanour.

Neofinetia falcata as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Neofinetia falcata as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Phalaenopsis gibbosa

Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 8th May 2017.

As you can see from the photographs above and below, this Phalaenopsis gibbosa specimen is in a bad way!  I waited for the two yellow leaves, that you can see pictured above, to finally finish dying before I removed them from the plant.  At least one of this miniature orchid’s leaves was showing early signs of yellowing when the plant was purchased.

When I am purchasing new orchid plants, I always expect the plants to take a little while to get reacclimatised and adjusted their new growing environment.  It’s not unusual to lose a leaf as the plant adjusts to its new home.  Invariably the growing conditions – light levels, humidity, air quality etc will be different, and the plant may have also suffered trauma in transport, which only becomes evident in the following weeks after the plant arrives.

If am purchasing plants from overseas, as is the case with this Phalaenopsis gibbosa specimen, these plants have often had a traumatic experience – travelling in a box, in dark conditions, without light or water for a few days, sometimes a week, and in the worst cases, even longer!  In transport there is also the possibility that mail ordered plants are subjected to fluctuating or adverse temperatures, which are either too hot or cold for the plants.  The plants can also be squashed, shaken about, dropped, or physically damaged in transport.

Phalaenopsis gibbosa is one of my favourite miniature orchids.  Although this seems remotely unlikely, I hope with all my heart that this pretty miniature orchid will recover, and grow well inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.

Despite its poor condition, this Phalaenopsis gibbosa specimen is still flowering.  Phalaenopsis gibbosa‘s flowers are a real joy to see, they are full of cheer!

Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017, with a British five pence piece to demonstrate the diminutive size of the blooms.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 10th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 14th May 2017.

Phalaenopsis gibbosa is pictured in the photograph above after the two yellow leaves had fallen off on the 14th May 2017.

Phalaenopsis micholitzii

This Phalaenopsis micholitzii is a large and substantial specimen of this small-sized orchid species.

At the time when I purchased this particular orchid, the plant featured two fading flowers.  This specimen is producing more flower spikes, each in various earlier stages of production, which is wonderful to see!

Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.

Podangis dactyloceras

This Podangis dactyloceras specimen was a very kind and generous gift from a friend.  This plant means a lot to me, I pray that this miniature orchid will grow well inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  I am so happy to see that this lovely orchid is producing a new leaf.

Podangis dactyloceras, as pictured on the 8th May 2017.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th May 2017.

Other articles that may interest you…………

To go straight to the next installment of this update and review and see how these white flowered orchids continue to grow and develop, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read about the general care I give to my orchids and terrarium plants, and the general maintenance I give to my BiOrbAir terrariums, please click here.

To read about the great new features of the 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.

For information on how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark, please click here.

To read a Planting List of a wide range and variety of beautiful plants which are suitable for growing in terrariums, vivariums, bottle gardens, and indoor gardens, please click here.

To see a Planting List of beautiful, miniature orchids, suitable for growing in terrariums, vivariums, bottle gardens, and indoor gardens, please click here.

To read about the Writhlington Orchid Project, please click here.

To read about the Queen of Orchids, Grammatophyllum speciosum, and this plant’s flowering at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in September 2015, please click here.

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