Planting list for my BiOrbAir and traditional terrarium

This is the full planting list for the BiOrbAir and the traditional terrarium I planted for my feature in the January 2015 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.

The BiOrbAir, a modern, specialised terrarium and a traditional glass terrarium or bottle garden.

The BiOrbAir, a modern, specialised terrarium and a traditional glass terrarium or bottle garden.

The BiOrbAir planted with a variety of different ferns, plants and mosses for my BiOrbAir review

The BiOrbAir planted with a variety of different ferns, plants and mosses for my BiOrbAir review

To find out more about a plant, please click on the plant species’ profile for more information.  By clicking on the plant, you’ll also find links to every article that features that particular species.  Individual plants can be followed through my regular terrarium reviews and updates, where you can discover how well the plants grew, how often they flowered, how long they flowered for, the care I have given these plants, and much more besides.  You’ll find these links by clicking on each relevant plant page.  You’ll find a list of the nurseries and suppliers I used at the bottom of this page.

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Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ is a pretty fern that thrives in partial shaded to shaded conditions.  This is a tender fern that requires very humid environment, alongside well drained but moisture retentive compost, and soft, indirect lighting, for this fern to grow and to continue to…

Aerangis fastuosa can be found in the eastern and central Madagascar highlands, between 900 and 1750m.  This miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows in a number of different natural habitats, from humid, evergreen forests, to mountain and coastal forests, where it flowers from July to December each…

Aerangis fuscata is a miniature sized epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where this orchid grows on the twiggy, moss and lichen coated branches of large shrubs and small trees, in rainforest and forested areas.  Aerangis fuscata can be found growing in both…

In August 2014, I purchased an Aerangis fastuosa specimen online to grow inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, but when the plant arrived it didn’t look very much like an Aerangis fastuosa.  I received a question from a reader in January 2016, who asked…

Asparagus setaceus is such a delicate and attractive plant, I love its delicate, ferny foliage!  Asparagus setaceus is often referred to as the Asparagus fern.  This tuberous perennial is so pretty, especially as a young plant, when its fresh green foliage is so fine and light,…

Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is a very versatile and attractive fern, which produces delightfully ruffled, fresh green coloured fronds.  This is a great choice of fern to grow as a house plant or to plant inside a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.  Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy…

Barbosella australis is a cool growing, miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in southern Brazil.  Flowering in the summer, it is a very low growing plant, with a naturally creeping, spreading habit.  This Barbosella australis specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, you can…

Ceratostylis philippinensis is a miniature orchid species, which as its name suggests, originates from the Philippines. Ceratostylis philippinensis produces many very fragrant, sweetly scented, white flowers that are about 1cm in size. If you’re thinking of growing this miniature orchid, ensure that you can offer your…

The common name of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is the spider plant.  This is an easy to grow, tender plant, that grows exceptionally well as a house plant.  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ can be grown in a hanging basket, where the plant will make a lovely feature.  Over time,…

Coelogyne cristata is a cool growing, epiphytic orchid; this species originates from the Himalayas, Assam, Bhutan, Java, Sikkim, and Nepal. One of the common names of Coelogyne cristata is the Crested Coelogyne.  Coelogyne cristata will quickly grow to be far too big to grow in a terrarium, but…

The common name of plants from the Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group is the nerve plant, this name refers to the Fittonia’s leaves and their distinctive veining.  Fittonias thrive when they’re grown in a terrarium, as these plants require low to medium light levels and high humidity…

Found in Venezuela and Colombia, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species that can be found growing in wet, mountainous forests and cloud forests. Once Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ has grown to a mature size, this lovely miniature orchid blooms for periods of up…

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’, is also known by its common name of Sword fern.  This fern produces delicate, intricately shaped fronds in a lovely fresh green colour. This Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can see more photographs, and discover…

Ornithophora radicans is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Brazil in South America.  Ornithophora radicans has a grassy habit and appearance, this orchid produces sprays of miniature white, brown, and yellow flowers for a few weeks every year in autumn.  Minimum temperature: 12…

Phalaenopsis parishii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from the Eastern Himalayas, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.  Phalaenopsis parishii grows at up to 500m above sea level, where this quite charming little orchid can be found growing upon moss laden trees, on branches…

Polystichum tsussimense is a pretty fern.  This is a very versatile plant, it grows so well indoors, either as a houseplant in a steamy bathroom, or perhaps more easily as a bottle garden, terrarium, or vivarium fern.  Not only this, but this Polystichum tsussimense also flourishes outside in the…

Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ is a variegated fern that is also known by its common name of Silver Lace fern.  Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ requires bright, filtered light, (but take care to avoid harsh, direct light, which will damage this fern’s fronds) and high humidity to flourish.  This…

Restrepia antennifera is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, that can be found growing in cloud forests in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Restrepia antennifera is an orchid species that naturally forms a tufted shape, it’s small in size and won’t take up much room inside your terrarium…

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, that can be found growing in Ecuador and Peru.  I do wonder if this miniature orchid should be known simply as Restrepia purpurea, as I see no distinguishable differences between this plant and Restrepia…

Restrepia sanguinea is a miniature sized, cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from the cloud forests of Colombia.  One of the tallest miniature orchids that I have grown inside the BiOrbAir terrarium, Restrepia sanguinea flowers frequently, producing large, raspberry-plum coloured blooms of about an inch in…

Restrepia seketii originates from cloud forests in North Colombia.  A cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, Restrepia seketii is smaller than many of the other Restrepia species which are included in my Miniature Orchid Trial. To see photographs of Restrepia seketii in bloom, and discover how…

Restrepia trichoglossa is a species of miniature orchid which originates from cloud forests in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador.  Naturally forming a tufted shape, this little Restrepia produces flowers in succession, throughout the year. I find Restrepias to be tolerant of different temperatures, and light conditions, favouring…

Schoenorchis fragrans is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China, where this orchid grows upon trees, in moist forests.  Schoenorchis fragrans has thick, leathery leaves that have an attractive purple underside, this miniature orchid produces…

Selaginella kraussiana requires a humid environment in partially shaded conditions to grow well, this pretty plant adds interest and texture to the terrarium. This Selaginella kraussiana specimen was growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  To see more photographs and details of how this Selaginella grew in my…

Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ is also known by its common name of Martens clubmoss. Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ requires a humid environment, in a sunny or partially shaded area to grow well.  Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ grows up to 20cm, or 8inches in height. I planted this Selaginella martensii…

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Planting List for the BiOrbAir:

The following orchids were purchased from Akerne Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Restrepia seketii

The following were purchased from McBean’s Nursery:

  • Coelogyne cristata
  • Tillandsia usneoides

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Burnham Nurseries:

  • Barbosella australis
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Ornithophora radicans
  • Restrepia Purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’
  • Restrepia sanguinea

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Orchids-shop.eu:

  • Aerangis fastuosa

The following miniature orchids were purchased from the Writhlington Orchid Project:

  • Restrepia antennifera
  • Stelis muscifera
  • Restrepia trichoglossa

The following plants were purchased at Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford:

  • Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’
  • Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Tiger’ (PBR)
  • Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’
  • Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’
  • Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’

The following plants were purchased from the RHS Wisley Plant Centre:

  • Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’
  • Asparagus setaceus (Asparagus plumosus)
  • Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR)
  • Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group
  • Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Anne’
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
  • Polystichum tsussimense
  • Selaginella kraussiana
  • Soleirolia soleirolii 

The pillow moss planted in this BiOrbAir terrarium in August 2015 was purchased from Triangle Nursery.

I purchased my cork bark online from the Jelinek Cork Group.

Please note: never take moss or other plants from the wild and only purchase moss from ethical suppliers.

This was the first time I had planted a BiOrbAir and so I wanted to experiment and see which plants would do well and highlight any that would struggle, so I chose a variety of plants for my demonstration and trial.

My traditional terrarium or bottle garden

My traditional terrarium or bottle garden

Planting list for my traditional terrarium or bottle garden

Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’
Common names: Nerve plant, mosaic plant
Family: Acanthaceae
I chose this Fittonia as I knew its vibrant leaf markings would show up well through the wobbly hand-made glass of my traditional terrarium.
Phlebodium aureum 'Blue Star'Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’
Common name: Blue Star Fern
Family: Polypodiaceae
I chose this fern as I have found it to thrive in open terrariums, it provides a lovely central feature to my planting.
Tillandsia usneoidesTillandsia usneoides
Common name: Spanish moss
Family: Bromeliaceae
I don’t think this Tillandsia will do well in the traditional terrarium either, I have only removed and soaked it in rainwater once, for about three minutes on 9th November 2014.

In April 2017, I emptied this BiOrbAir Terrarium and replanted the same terrarium with white flowering orchids.  The orchids, ferns, mosses etc that previously grew inside this terrarium have all been moved to other terrariums to enable me to trial more plants inside this BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can follow each plant’s progress via each plant species page, which links every article that I have written about each particular species and provides links to my terrarium reviews and updates, where you can follow a particular plant.  You can see the full planting list for my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium here, and you can read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial here.

Other articles that may interest you……..

To view a longer list of a wide variety of beautiful plants suitable for growing in terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read my planting list of miniature orchids to grow in terrariums, please click here.

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

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

To read about the new features that the new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium offers, please click here.

To read the first part of my long-term review of the BiOrbAir – this review starts from planting and covers the next six months after planting, please click  here.

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

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

To read my article about the BiOrbAir and traditional terrariums, please click here.

To read about using decorative sculptures, quirky ornaments or natural features in your terrarium, please click here.

To read about specially designed terrarium gardening tools, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid Trial – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir, please click here.

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One thought on “Planting list for my BiOrbAir and traditional terrarium

  1. Gruffydd E. Jones

    December 15, 2016 at 5:05pm

    Good afternoon, Beth!

    Firstly, thank you for hosting such an informative and colourful website – it’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for recently!
    I just wanted to ask you about your terrarium technique – I’ve been swaying between a styles and wondered whether or not you’ve published your own ‘how to’ guide or your personal preferences when constructing a terrarium, especially for orchids.

    Hopefully you can point me in the right direction, and either way I’m grateful for the information you’ve already provided via the site.

    Regards,

    Gruffydd E. Jones

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      Pumpkin Beth

      December 15, 2016 at 5:17pm

      Good afternoon Gruffydd

      Thank you for your kind comment, I am so glad that you find my website useful. Are you planning on planting up a BiOrbAir terrarium, or a traditional glass terrarium, or another kind of terrarium altogether? If you let me know what information you require I can send you a message and hopefully help you. I am a bit snowed under with work at the moment, but I will be writing lots more about terrariums on my website in future.

      Kind regards
      Pumpkin Beth

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