White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial (part three)

Welcome to the third 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 different species of white-flowering orchids, to showcase how beautiful a single colour planting scheme for terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, or bottle gardens, can be.

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 June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.

White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium Planting List

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

I have made a couple of new introductions to this terrarium, on the 28th May 2017, I added a young Aerangis mystacidii specimen, which had been previously growing inside a flask, and at the same time I added an attractive fern, Humata repens, which was previously growing inside another of my terrariums to this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

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 from where I purchased my orchids, mosses, and cork for this terrarium.

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

My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.

White flowered miniature epiphytic orchids

I am so enjoying my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium and the attractive orchids that are growing inside!  Although, please make no mistake, inside this terrarium it certainly hasn’t been a fairytale of continuously marvellous, healthy plant growth without any troubles – sadly my Amesiella minor plants died rather rapidly after their introduction to this terrarium, and my Phalaenopsis gibbosa specimen is in a shamefully bad condition as I write!

Despite this, my heart and my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium are full of joy and hope, as in this update and review I share with you the beautifully elegant blooms of Neofinetia falcata, and the broad, greenish-white toned, opaque blooms of Phalaenopsis micholitzii.

My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.
The White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.

Aerangis biloba

I hope that this Aerangis biloba specimen is settling in and adjusting to its new environment inside this terrarium.  I do have a very real concern that this miniature orchid may deteriorate from its crown, but I have my fingers crossed for the plants successful growth and advancement without any setbacks.

Aerangis biloba, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.

Aerangis mystacidii

Aerangis mystacidii, pictured in the White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium, on the 2nd June 2017.
Aerangis mystacidii, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Aerangis mystacidii, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Aerangis mystacidii, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Earlier this year, I was excited to purchase a flask of Aerangis mystacidii from the Writhlington Orchid Project.  On the 28th May 2017, I placed the largest of these young Aerangis mystacidii specimens from the flask, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  I have my fingers crossed that this young seedling will grow well inside this terrarium.

Amesiella minor

Sadly both of the Amesiella minor specimens that I introduced to this terrarium have now died.  Losing these specimens is of great sadness to me as Amesiella minor is a truly beautiful orchid species, which I was extremely excited and delighted to be growing inside this terrarium.

I found that the second Amesiella minor specimen, which was the last of these two plants to die, had a rather droopy habit, which sadly resulted in the plant flopping forward with the undersides of the plant’s leaves facing upward towards the light.

Amesiella monticola

Thankfully, this Amesiella monticola specimen is still alive!

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Angraecum distichum

I hope that this Angraecum distichum specimen will grow well inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  I adore this miniature orchid’s leaves – they are quite mesmerising!

Angraecum distichum, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Brachypeza semiteretifolia

I have two Brachypeza semiteretifolia specimens growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, both of these plants appear to be settling in well, both specimens are sending out new roots.  I hope that these miniature orchids will thrive inside this terrarium.

Brachypeza semiteretifolia, as pictured on the 12th June 2017 inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Brachypeza semiteretifolia, as pictured on the 12th June 2017 inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Ceratochilus biglandulosus

I was delighted to be able to include this Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  This special orchid species originates from Java, where it can be found way up high, growing on lichen and moss covered trees in mountainous forests.

Ceratochilus biglandulosus, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Holcoglossum flavescens

This Holcoglossum flavescens specimen has not changed greatly in its appearance since I introduced this miniature orchid to this terrarium.  As always, I hope that this plant will flourish inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Holcoglossum flavescens, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.

Humata repens

Humata repens is an attractive fern which originates from Indochina to Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and Australia.  Humata repens is a super and genuinely small sized fern, which thrives in humid conditions, making it a perfect choice for terrariums, vivariums, and bottle gardens.

Humata repens, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Humata repens, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Masdevallia tovarensis

This lovely Masdevallia tovarensis specimen is growing well inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, the plant is showing signs that it’s starting to produce new leaves and roots, and generally appears to be in a good condition.

Masdevallia tovarensis, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.

Neofinetia falcata

This delightful Neofinetia falcata orchid specimen is flowering!  I feel like I am in heaven as I admire the beauty of this exquisite orchid, and take in the truly delectable fragrance that its inflorescences produce.

From the early evening onward, this Neofinetia falcata specimen produces a deliciously sweet and alluring fragrance, which has recognisable fragrance characteristics of vanilla, jasmine, coconut, and marshmallow.  These fragrance characters combine to create a sweet, yet elegant perfume, which lingers in the night air.  As I take in each flower’s scent, I am reminded that I don’t take know of any plants whose flowers produce the same perfume as this.  This Neofinetia falcata specimen’s scent, is delightfully sweet and intoxicating.  I love it!

I am so happy to share photographs of this enchanting orchid’s inflorescences with you.  I hope that you’ll enjoy seeing this beautiful orchid’s exquisitely elegant flowers in the series of photographs I have taken to share with you below.

Neofinetia falcata flowering

Neofinetia falcata, as pictured on the 27th May 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 2nd June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 2nd June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured on the 4th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured on the 4th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured on the 4th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured on the 4th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
A closer look at the Neofinetia falcata flower buds, as pictured on the 4th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata, as pictured inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 11th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata flower buds, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata in flower, as pictured on the 12th June 2017, inside my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017. At the bottom of this photograph, you can see the aborted bud.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.
Neofinetia falcata pictured in flower on the 17th June 2017.

Phalaenopsis gibbosa

This Phalaenopsis gibbosa specimen is in a terrible state!  I am fervently hoping that this miniature orchid will produce a keiki to propagate itself before it dies!

I am grateful for the beautiful flowers that this miniature orchid has continued to produce, despite this specimen’s evidently poor condition.  The flowers of Phalaenopsis gibbosa open as compressed, yellow toned blooms, the flowers rapidly age to white as they expand and open fully.

Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 28th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 28th May 2017.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa, pictured on the 13th June 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Phalaenopsis micholitzii

It is quite marvellous that this Phalaenopsis micholitzii specimen is blooming inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  As well as sporting an open flower, this small-sized orchid is also busy producing a plethora of new flower buds.

Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 2nd June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 2nd June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, as pictured on the 2nd June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 4th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 4th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 4th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 4th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 4th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 4th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii flowering inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.

Podangis dactyloceras

This Podangis dactyloceras specimen seems to be growing strongly, the plant has so far made a successful adjustment to its new environment inside the White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  This Podangis dactyloceras specimen has produced new leaves and roots since it has been in my care.  I hope that this special orchid will continue to fully establish itself inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

Podangis dactyloceras, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Podangis dactyloceras, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
Podangis dactyloceras, as pictured on the 12th June 2017.
A look inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 12th June 2017.
My White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as pictured on the 12th June 2017. Inside this terrarium Neofinetia falcata and Phalaenopsis micholitzii are flowering.

Other articles that may interest you…………

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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