Beautiful Miniature Orchids to Grow in Terrariums

If you’re looking for beautiful miniature orchids to grow in a terrarium, I hope this planting list will help you.  I have planted many of the miniature orchids that feature on this list inside my specialised, automated terrariums, including my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium, my White Orchid Trial Terrarium, my Madagascar Terrarium, my Orchidarium, my Rainforest Terrarium, and my other terrariums and vivariums.  If you’re interested in a particular plant, click on the plant page for more information, where you’ll find links to every article that mentions that particular plant.  Through my regular terrarium updates, you can see how many of these plants grow and develop, discover how often they flower, and learn about the growing conditions that each plant experiences.

You’ll find the details of the nurseries and suppliers that I purchased the orchids, ferns, mosses, and cork for each of my terrariums from, at the bottom of this planting list.

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Aerangis biloba is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Africa, where this plant grows on the branches of trees that grow in humid forests and woodlands. Before I grew Aerangis biloba myself, I was previously under the impression that Aerangis biloba…

Aerangis calantha is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in a variety of locations including: the Congo, Africa, Angola, and Uganda.  Before humans encroached into and altered the landscape of this orchid’s natural habitat and environment, Aerangis calantha could to be found growing…

Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants from this orchid species can very occasionally be found growing upon trees, in areas of evergreen forest.  Sadly Aerangis citrata has been over collected in the wild, as a response 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…

Aerangis hariotiana is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Comoros Islands, where this orchid can be found growing on trees, in areas of humid forest. Aerangis hariotiana originates from a group of islands which offer warm to hot growing conditions. …

Aerangis hyaloides is endemic to Eastern Madagascar, where this miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows on the branches of trees, in moist areas of shady, evergreen forests.  Aerangis hyaloides produces racemose inflorescences of up to twenty, white coloured, glistening blooms, from winter to early spring each year. The…

Aerangis kirkii is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species, that originates from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique, where plants can be found growing upon both trees and shrubs in forested areas. Aerangis kirkii is a warm growing orchid species, that requires filtered,…

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta is a miniature epiphytic orchid species from Kenya and Africa.  Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta produces attractive white, crystalline, slightly fragrant flowers, which have a bright orange-red column, or centre. Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect…

Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species grows low down, close to ground level, as an epiphyte, on trees and other plants that are growing in mossy forests.  Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many flowered inflorescences. Sadly Aerangis macrocentra has…

Aerangis mooreana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, where this orchid can be found growing on the branches of trees, growing on fairly low-lying ground, in humid forests.  Aerangis mooreana produces pendent flowering stems holding a number…

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species can be found growing upon trees, in areas of forest, close to streams, pools, or springs. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty,…

Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in central highland Madagascar, and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900m and 1500m. Aerangis punctata grows in humid, evergreen forests, and in highland forests and scrubland, where this plant can…

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…

Aerangis spiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, where this plant can be found growing upon trees, in areas of humid forest. Aerangis spiculata produces large, white, pendant flowers, in racemes that feature up to 20 inflorescences,…

Aerangis verdickii is a miniature epiphytic or lithophytic orchid species, which grows both low down on rocks, and high up in the branches of woodland trees.  As this orchid species can be found growing near the tops of trees in open woodland, in its native…

Amesiella minor is miniature, epiphytic orchid species.  Amesiella minor can be found growing in forests, in the mountain regions of the Philippines.  This is a slow growing orchid species, which favours a humid environment. Amesiella minor is a relatively recently discovered miniature orchid, consequently this…

Amesiella monticola is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the mountains of Luzon in the Philippines.  Amesiella monticola tolerates a range of temperature conditions, from cool to warm; this miniature orchid favours very humid growing conditions. Amesiella monticola produces beautiful, white flowers,…

Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which produces between one and five, very large magnificent white flowers.  Amesiella philippinensis’s blooms are borne on racemes from late autumn until early spring each year. Amesiella philippinensis is endemic to the Philippines, where this miniature orchid species…

Angraecum aloifolium is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar.  Angraecum aloifolium can be found growing on trees, in areas of dry, deciduous forest in the Mahajanga Province, which can be found in the Northwestern region of Madagascar.  Here Angraecum aloifolium grows at…

Angraecum bancoense is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing on trees, in very humid rainforests, in various parts of Africa.  This pretty miniature orchid species is often seen growing upon deciduous trees, which are growing near ponds or waterfalls, in rainforest…

Angraecum compactum is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where this orchid can be found growing in a variety of habitats, including humid forests. Angraecum compactum produces large, white flowers, with long curved nectaries, this Angraecum’s flowers are fragrant in the…

Angraecum cucullatum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the island of Reunion and Mauritius, where plants grow upon trees, in forested areas of the country. Cultivated Angraecum cucullatum plants need to be grown under filtered, diffused light.  This orchid species flourishes in…

Angraecum didieri is endemic to Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species can be found growing upon trees in humid, evergreen forests.  This epiphytic miniature orchid species grows well when mounted on either cork or cedar bark.  You could also grow Angraecum didieri in a small pot,…

Angraecum distichum is a miniature sized, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing upon trees and plants in a shaded locations within rainforest areas.  This orchid species can be discovered growing upon trees, which are found growing over a wide range of tropical locations,…

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The following miniature orchids were purchased from Akerne Orchids:

  • Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta
  • Bulbophyllum ambrosia
  • Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’
  • Bulbophyllum sessile
  • Dryadella simula
  • Leptotes bicolor
  • Masdevallia rechingeriana
  • Neofinetia falcata
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Platystele examen-culicum
  • Restrepia citrina
  • Restrepia seketii

The following miniature orchid was purchased from Ben’s Jungle:

  • Aerangis biloba

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Burnham Nurseries:

  • Aerangis macrocentra
  • Amesiella philippinensis
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Barbosella australis
  • Haraella retrocalla
  • Holcoglossum flavescens
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Masdevallia tovarensis
  • Ornithophora radicans
  • Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’
  • Restrepia sanguinea 
  • Schoenorchis fragrans

The following orchids were purchased from Claessen Orchids:

  • Aerangis calantha
  • Angraecum ochraceum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Dinema polybulbon
  • Microsaccus griffithii
  • Oncidium hians
  • Phalaenopsis celebensis
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Psygmorchis pusilla

The following orchids were purchased from Elsner Orchids:

  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis somalensis
  • Aerangis verdickii
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Angraecum dollii
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Ceratostylis pristina
  • Holcoglossum weixiense
  • Hymenorchis javanica
  • Lepanthes telipogoniflora
  • Ornithocephalus manabina
  • Paphiopedilum concolor
  • Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba

The following orchids were purchased from Ecuagenera:

  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana

The following orchids were very kindly given to me by my friends:

  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Dockrillia striolata
  • Doryopteris cordata
  • Epidendrum porpax
  • Leptotes unicolor
  • Mediocalcar decoratum
  • Phalaenopsis fasciata
  • Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis
  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’
  • Phalaenopsis pallens
  • Phalaenopsis pulchra
  • Podangis dactyloceras

I purchased the following orchids from Großräschener Orchids:

  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Chiloschista lunifera
  • Chiloschista parishii
  • Constantia cipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis braceana
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis wilsonii
  • Schoenorchis scolopendria
  • Schoenorchis tixieri

The following orchids were purchased from Joseph Wu Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis appendiculata
  • Phalaenopsis chibae
  • Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’
  • Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii    
  • Phalaenopsis parishii alba
  • Phalaenopsis thailandica

The following orchids were purchased from Junginger Orchideen:

  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis hariotiana
  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis kirkii
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum cucullatum
  • Angraecum pectinatum

The following orchids were purchased from Kopf Orchideen:

  • Angraecum pyriforme

The following plants were purchased from McBean’s Orchids:

  • Coelogyne cristata
  • Tillandsia usneoides

The following orchids were purchased from MSB Orchideen:

  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Schoenorchis fragrans – this miniature orchid was removed from the terrarium and disposed of shortly after its introduction.

The following orchids were purchased from NT Orchid Nursery:

  • Phalaenopsis appendiculata

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Garden:

  • Aerangis spiculata
  • Angraecum dollii
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Diplocaulobium chrysotropis
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis lindenii
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis pantherina

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

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Aerangis fuscata
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Angraecum equitans
  • Diplocaulobium abbreviatum
  • Domingoa purpurea
  • Masdevallia decumana

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Wubben:

  • Angraecum bancoense
  • Angraecum rutenbergianum

The following orchids were purchased from Petrens Orchid Shop:

  • Aerangis citrata
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Phalaenopsis deliciosa
  • Phalaenopsis honghenensis

The following orchids were purchased from Phalaenopsis and More:

  • Angraecum compactum
  • Phalaenopsis cochlearis

The cork bark, flat, and cushion moss used in my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium and in my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium was purchased from Porters Foliage.

The following orchids were purchased from Popow Orchids:

  • Amesiella minor
  • Amesiella monticola
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Ceratocentron fesselii
  • Ceratochilus biglandulosus
  • Macroclinium manabinum
  • Trichoglottis pusilla 

I purchased the following orchids from Schwerter Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis finleyi
  • Phalaenopsis lindenii
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Schoenorchis seidenfadenii

I purchased the pillow moss I used when I updated the planting inside two of my BiOrbAir terrariums in August 2015 from Triangle Nursery.

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Vacherot & Lecoufle:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Angraecum didieri
  • Haraella retrocalla

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

  • Aerangis mystacidii
  • Dendrobium moniliforme
  • Leptotes bicolor
  • Restrepia antennifera
  • Restrepia trichoglossa
  • Stelis muscifera

I used the peat-free, coir compost from BiOrb, that came as part of the package when I purchased my BiOrbAir terrarium, for the growing media for these terrariums.  This compost comes as a compressed block, and can be purchased separately from BiOrb.

Other articles that may interest you……….

For a planting list of terrarium plants that doesn’t feature any orchids, this list includes ferns and other terrarium plants, please click here.

To see how my Orchidarium was created, please click here.

To read a longer planting list for terrariums and bottle gardens, which includes a wide variety of different terrarium plants, including orchids, ferns and terrarium plants, please click here.

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

To read about how I track and record the temperature, humidity, and light levels inside my terrariums, glasshouse, home, and garden, please click here.

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

To find out how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark or other wood mounts, please click here.

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

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

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

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

To read the first part of my long-term review of the BiOrbAir, this terrarium is planted with miniature orchids, ferns, mosses and other terrarium plants, please click here.

To read about using decorative features in terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To see my suggestions of innovative, interesting, useful and fun gifts for gardeners, please click here.

To go to the other extreme from reading about miniature orchids, and read about the largest orchid in the world, please click here.

To read about my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial to find out the best time to sow Sweet Pea seeds, please click here.

To read about reputable suppliers of Snowdrops sold ‘in the green’, please click here.

To read about daffodils, please click here.

To read about growing mushrooms indoors – I grew some delicious oyster mushrooms, including some edible pink mushrooms!  Please click here.

For information on using specially designed terrarium tools, please click here.

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

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