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, my Tall Orchidarium, 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.

If you’re looking for the smallest orchids for your terrarium, check out my planting list of mini miniature orchids, here’s a link.

To see a planting list of orchids, miniature ferns and other terrarium plants, please click here.

To see a planting list of miniature ferns and terrarium plants that doesn’t contain orchids, please click here.

To see planting lists of orchids divided by the temperatures they flourish in, please click here.

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 articulata is a miniature orchid species from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.  These handsome orchids produce very decorative, pendent snow-white flowers. This orchid species grows as an epiphyte.  Epiphytic plants grow upon another plant; these orchids are not parasitic – they don’t take any…

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 be found growing upon…

Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants can be found growing upon the branches and trunks of trees, in areas of evergreen forest. This miniature orchid species produces long, pendant, flowering stems, which feature up to thirty,…

Aerangis collum-cygni is a miniature to small sized orchid species that grows in humid forests, moist woodlands, and rainforests.  These plants also make themselves at home in areas that were once forests, in regions where the forest’s native trees were roughly removed to make way…

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 an orchid species that’s 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…

Aerangis kirkii is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species, that originates from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique.  Plants can be found growing upon both trees and shrubs in forested areas, close to rivers or near the coast line; this orchid species can…

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Kenya and Africa.  This beautiful and very distinctive miniature orchid produces attractive white, crystalline flowers, which have a bright orange-red column, or centre. Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta plants enjoy growing in warm,…

Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar.  This miniature orchid species is often found low down, almost at ground level, growing as an epiphyte, upon moss and lichen covered trees, in the forests of the highlands of central Madagascar.  Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many…

Aerangis mooreana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.  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 of…

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species is found growing upon trees, in forests, close to streams, pools, and springs. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant…

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…

Aerangis seegeri is a miniature orchid species from Eastern Madagascar and Nosy Boraha, a small island located near the East Coast of Madagascar (Nosy Boraha used to be known as île Sainte-Marie).  These orchids grow in the coastal forests of these plant rich areas, at…

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, in dry forests and mountainous areas.  In its native environment, this orchid species can be found growing near the…

Aerangis x primulina is a natural hybrid between Aerangis citrata and Aerangis hyaloides.  This is a very handsome miniature orchid.  Plants produce beautiful, arching flowering stems, which I estimate, hold opposite rows of anywhere between five and thirty, (possibly more) stunning, small, snowy white coloured…

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.  Whatever temperatures these plants experience, this miniature orchid species always favours very humid growing…

Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which produces between one and five, very large, magnificent snow-white flowers at each flowering.  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…

Here’s another miniature orchid; this is Andinia schizopogon, an epiphytic orchid species that thrives in cool temperatures and humid growing conditions.  In this orchid species’ natural environment, these plants can be found growing in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Peru. Andinia schizopogon produces rather…

Angraecum aloifolium is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar.  This is a small sized orchid species, which produces the most beautiful leaves – they are thick and pitted, and coloured with a jewel like, intense green.  Angraecum aloifolium can be found growing…

Angraecum arachnites is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants can be found growing in humid, evergreen forests. This orchid species produces really striking flowers, they’re quite large in size and are white in colour.  The blooms look rather like…

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The following miniature orchids were purchased from Akerne Orchids:

  • Aerangis luteoalba 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
  • Barbosella australis
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Gastrochilus retrocallus (Haraella retrocalla)
  • Holcoglossum flavescens
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Masdevallia tovarensis
  • Ornithophora radicans
  • Porroglossum muscosum
  • Restrepia contorta
  • Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’
  • Restrepia sanguinea
  • Schoenorchis fragrans

The following orchids were purchased from Claessen Orchids:

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

The following orchids were purchased from Ecuagenera:

  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana

The following orchids were purchased from Elsner Orchids:

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

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

  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Chiloschista parishii
  • Dockrillia striolata
  • Doryopteris cordata
  • Epidendrum porpax
  • Mediocalcar decoratum
  • Phalaenopsis amboinensis
  • Phalaenopsis fasciata
  • Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis
  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’
  • Phalaenopsis pallens
  • Phalaenopsis pulchra 
  • Phalaenopsis ‘Purple Princess’
  • Podangis dactyloceras

I purchased the following orchids from Großräschener Orchids:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Chiloschista lunifera
  • Chiloschista parishii
  • Constantia cipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis taenialis
  • 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 biloba
  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis hariotiana
  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis kirkii
  • Aerangis x primulina
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum compactum
  • Angraecum cucullatum
  • Angraecum pectinatum
  • Angraecum peyrotii
  • Angraecum sacciferum
  • Mystacidium gracile
  • Oeonia volucris
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis thailandica

The following orchids were purchased from Kopf Orchideen:

  • Angraecum pyriforme
  • Porroglossum echidna
  • Porroglossum schramii

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:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Amesiella minor
  • Amesiella monticola
  • 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 plants from Rollke Orchideen:

  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Phalaenopsis pulchra

I purchased the following orchids from Schwerter Orchids:

  • Amesiella monticola
  • Phalaenopsis finleyi
  • Phalaenopsis lindenii
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Schoenorchis seidenfadenii

I purchased the following plants from Spicesotic Plants:

  • Aerangis articulata
  • Aerangis biloba
  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis kotschyana
  • Aerangis modesta
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum calceolus
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Angraecum leonis
  • Lepanthes aculeata
  • Lepanthes matamorosii
  • Lepanthes telipogoniflora
  • Leptotes unicolor
  • Macroclinium chasei
  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii
  • Phalaenopsis tetraspis alba
  • Trisetella hoeijeri
  • Vanda nana

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
  • Gastrochilus retrocallus

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

  • Aerangis mystacidii
  • Barbosella dusenii
  • Dendrobium moniliforme
  • Leptotes bicolor
  • Platystele misasiana 
  • Restrepia antennifera
  • Restrepia trichoglossa
  • Stelis muscifera
  • Stelis stevensonii
  • Stelis tridentata

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 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 Sweet Pea Trial to find out the best time to sow Sweet Pea seeds, 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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