A long-term review of the BiOrbAir (part three)

I planted up my BiOrbAir, a specialised, automated terrarium, designed by Barry Reynolds, from Reef One, on 25th September 2014.  As this was the first time I had planted a BiOrbAir terrarium; I chose a variety of different plants and ferns to trial and see how they each would grow inside the controlled environment of this terrarium, with the constant conditions the BiOrbAir provides.

You can read the first part of my long-term review of the BiOrbAir here.  I started writing this first instalment after planting my BiOrbAir in September 2014; I updated my review every month, until April 2015.  The second part of my review, then continues from May 2015 until October 2015, you can read the second instalment here.  The third part of my review continues right here in this review, where you can read updates from November 2015 until April 2016.  In each of my reviews, I will keep you updated on how well my BiOrbAir is working and how the plants are growing.  I hope that by breaking my review into sections it will be easier for readers to digest and use, whether you’re considering planting up your own terrarium or choosing suitable plants to create your own indoor garden.

Since September 2014, when I planted my BiOrbAir, apart from the feed I have given to miniature orchids, which are mounted onto cork, (the orchids have also received the additional misting) I haven’t added any plant feed or fertiliser to the terrarium.  I used the peat-free coir compost that came with my BiOrbAir for planting, I didn’t add any additional compost, fertiliser or growing media to the mix – I just used the BiOrbAir coir compost as it was, nothing extra was added.

I have used rainwater to fill my BiOrbAir’s base water reservoir – this rainwater, together with the capillary matting keeps the coir compost moist.

Naturally, I have only used the specially designed Humidimist to fill up reservoir for the ultrasonic misting unit.

I have replaced the BiOrbAir terrarium carbon filter as required, following the recommendations on the BiOrbAir website.

I have documented any problems I have experienced, and any indoor gardening that I have carried out in my previous reviews; I will continue to update this review in the same manner.

Terrarium planting list

You can see the full planting list of all the plants that I have trialled growing inside the BiOrbAir featured in this review here, where you’ll also find the details of all the nurseries and garden centres I used to purchase the plants for this terrarium.  Currently the following plants are growing inside this BiOrbAir terrarium:

  • Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR)
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
  • Ornithophora radicans
  • Polystichum tsussimense
  • Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’

The following plants were included in my original, first planting of this terrarium, back in September 2014 and are still growing inside the terrarium today – in November 2015:

  • Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR)
  • Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
  • Polystichum tsussimense

If you’re interested to learn more about the BiOrbAir, the terrarium featured in this trial and in my Miniature Orchid Terrarium Trial, you might be interested to read my review of the special features of the BiOrbAir.

First, a little recap, here’s a photograph I took of my BiOrbAir after planting on 25th September 2014:

The BiOrbAir after planting on 25th September 2014

The BiOrbAir after planting on 25th September 2014

The BiOrbAir on 9th November 2014.

The BiOrbAir on 9th November 2014.

My BiOrbAir on the 18th January 2015.

My BiOrbAir on the 18th January 2015.

The BiOrbAir on 2nd March 2015.

The BiOrbAir on 2nd March 2015.

My BiOrbAir from another angle on 29th August 2015.

My BiOrbAir pictured on 29th August 2015.

My BiOrbAIR terrarium is planted with ferns, miniature orchids, mosses and other plants that thrive in the high humidity created by this specialised terrarium.

My BiOrbAIR terrarium is planted with ferns, miniature orchids, mosses and other plants that thrive in the high humidity created by this specialised terrarium. My BiOrbAir is pictured here on 18th October 2015.

6th November 2015

My Ornithophora radicans has now finished flowering.  I so enjoyed seeing the teeny, tiny flowers and watching the new buds open on this miniature orchid, it really was delightful.  A number of the leaves on this orchid have now died.  I must confess, I had intended to mist this orchid a bit more often, but I have failed to do so, despite my good intentions.

I mist my miniature orchids when I think they would benefit from some additional moisture, I don’t have a set pattern or set day to mist the orchids.  I have been feeding my miniature orchids, I use Orchid Focus Grow and Orchid Focus Bloom to feed my orchids, I purchased both of these fertilisers from the shop at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  I feed my orchids only sparingly, following the instructions on the pack; these miniature orchids wouldn’t naturally receive an abundance of nutrients in their natural environment, over feeding can be detrimental to your plants, causing further problems.  These are the only fertilisers I have used inside this terrarium. 

As you can see in the photographs below, I have now removed the dead leaves from the Ornithophora radicans.

My BiOrbAir terrarium before I removed the dead leaves from the Ornithophora radicans on 6th November 2015.

My BiOrbAir terrarium before I removed the dead leaves from the Ornithophora radicans on 6th November 2015.

My BiOrbAir terrarium after I had removed the dead leaves from the Ornithophora radicans on 6th November 2015.

My BiOrbAir terrarium after I had removed the dead leaves from the Ornithophora radicans on 6th November 2015.

My Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave' has picked up enormously since I moved it to a better position in the terrarium. As you can see, there are a number of new fronds unfurling, and this fern has also greened up considerably since I moved it from its previously shaded, cramped position inside this terrarium.

My Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ has picked up enormously since I moved it to a better position in the terrarium. As you can see, there are a number of new fronds unfurling, this fern has also greened up considerably since I moved it from its previously shaded, cramped position inside this terrarium.

17th November 2015

Another leaf has died back from my Ornithophora radicans; you might just be able to make out the yellow-brown colour of the decaying leaf in the photograph below.  This miniature orchid, has a naturally grassy, rather relaxed appearance.  I enjoy having it inside this BiOrbAir terrarium, so I hope that it doesn’t lose too many more leaves.

My BiOrbAir terrarium pictured on 17th November 2015.

My BiOrbAir terrarium pictured on 17th November 2015.

Here's a closer look at the planting inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This photograph was taken on 17th November 2015.

Here’s a closer look at the planting inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This photograph was taken on 17th November 2015.

My Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' pictured on 17th November 2015. Fingers crossed that this pretty fern recovers from being moved numerous times and being cut right back!

My Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ pictured on 17th November 2015. Fingers crossed that this pretty fern recovers from being moved numerous times and then being cut right back!

My Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' pictured on 17th November 2015. Fingers crossed that this pretty fern recovers from being moved numerous times and being cut right back!

My Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ pictured on 17th November 2015. Fingers crossed that this pretty fern recovers from being moved numerous times and then being cut right back!

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’

I am pleased to say that my Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is doing far better than I expected.  I have moved this pretty fern a number of times of late, currently it’s not in the best of positions, being quite close to other plants, but I don’t want to move the fern again so soon after the previous re-shuffles, especially after I cut it back so dramatically only very recently!

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is such a pretty fern, it’s been much admired inside this terrarium, I have looked around my local garden centres and nurseries for replacement plant, sadly so far I have been unable to find one, which is a real shame.  This is a beautiful fern to grow, it has thrived inside my BiOrbAir, and I have enjoyed seeing it each day, it’s not a fern that you could tire of looking at.

This Polystichum tsussimense is such an attractive fern, I am glad I included it in my planting list for my BiOrbAir terrarium. This fern was included in the original, very first planting of this terrarium back in September 2014. The same Polystichum is pictured here on 17th November 2015, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

This Polystichum tsussimense is such an attractive fern, I am glad I included it in my planting list for my BiOrbAir terrarium. This fern was included in the original, very first planting of this terrarium back in September 2014. The same Polystichum is pictured here on 17th November 2015, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Moss is so interesting, I love including it inside my terrariums.

Moss is so interesting, I love including it inside my terrariums.

Here's another close up of the moss inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. 17th November 2015.

Here’s another close up of the moss inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. 17th November 2015.

Here's my BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on 17th November 2015.

Here’s my BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on 17th November 2015.

8th December 2015

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on 8th December 2015.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on 8th December 2015.

Here's my Ceratostylis philippinensis as pictured on 8th December 2015. I had intended to position this orchid in such a way that it received more light, but as I mounted it onto the bark outside the BiOrbAir, it did end up being in a lower position that I had hoped for. I also haven't misted this miniature orchid as much as I intended to, and as a consequence it's not looking in the best of health.

Here’s my Ceratostylis philippinensis as pictured on 8th December 2015. I had intended to position this orchid in such a way that it received more light, but as I mounted it onto the bark outside the BiOrbAir, it did end up being in a lower position that I had hoped for. I also haven’t misted this miniature orchid as much as I intended to, and as a consequence it’s not looking in the best of health.

Terrarium orchids

A few months ago, I mounted the three orchids that feature inside this BiOrbAir terrarium onto cork.  It was far easier for me to mount the orchids onto the cork outside the terrarium, and then to place the cork with the orchids mounted onto it, back into the BiOrbAir, when I had finished mounting.  However, as I couldn’t see exactly how high the surrounding plants and moss would be at this time, I made a mistake, and I mounted my Ceratostylis philippinensis lower onto the bark, and therefore lower within the terrarium, than I intended.  As a consequence, this miniature orchid receives less light than if it had been placed in a more elevated position, and hasn’t thrived in the way I had hoped it would inside my BiOrbAir.  I also haven’t misted my orchids inside this BiOrbAir terrarium as often as I intended to.  Sorry orchids!

Having said this, my other two miniature orchids that are growing inside this BiOrbAir terrarium are doing well, as are all the other ferns, mosses and plants inside this BiOrbAir.

I haven't misted the miniature orchids that are growing inside this BiOrbAir as much as I intended to when I placed them inside this terrarium, despite this my Ornithophora radicans (pictured here on 8th December 2015) and my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' are surviving well.

I haven’t misted the miniature orchids that are growing inside this BiOrbAir as much as I intended to when I placed them inside this terrarium, despite this my Ornithophora radicans (pictured here on 8th December 2015) and my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ are surviving well.

My Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave' is looking so much better since I repositioned it within my BiOrbAir (this fern was previously very shaded by the overhanging growth of another plant and didn't receive adequate light) - its fronds are greening up again and it has produced a number of new fronds, which is great to see.

My Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ is looking so much better since I repositioned it within my BiOrbAir (this fern was previously very shaded by the overhanging growth of another plant and didn’t receive adequate light) – its fronds are greening up again and it has produced a number of new fronds, which is great to see.

I am glad I decided to cut back my Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' as this pretty fern is producing some lovely new growth. Pictured on 8th December 2015.

I am glad I decided to cut back my Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ as this pretty fern is producing some lovely new growth. Pictured on 8th December 2015.

A view from the other side of my BiOrbAir terrarium. Pictured on 8th December 2015.

A view from the other side of my BiOrbAir terrarium. Pictured on 8th December 2015.

A view from another angle inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Pictured on 8th December 2015.

A view from another angle inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Pictured on 8th December 2015.

As you can see, my newest addition to this terrarium, the Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ has grown very well in the short time it has been planted inside my BiOrbAir.

As you can see, my newest addition to this terrarium, the Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ has grown very well in the short time it has been planted inside my BiOrbAir.

My newest addition to this terrarium is my Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’.  This is not my favourite fern.  This particular specimen was also a little larger than I would have hoped for, but as it was a very healthy fern at the time of purchase, and as it was the smallest, and most suitable terrarium plant that I could find, in any of my local garden centres and nurseries, I made the decision to purchase the fern, and plant it inside this terrarium.

I planned to leave the Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ growing inside this terrarium at least until my existing plants perked up, or until I found a more preferable replacement.  The Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ is not a fern that I would have ideally chosen to plant inside this terrarium, but I have done so, as at the time of planting, I had cut back my Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ leaving next to nothing of this fern, and I felt I needed an additional plant to cheer up the terrarium, and add some much needed height to my planting scheme.

The Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ has thrived within the BiOrbAir and has produced a lot of new growth.  It’s OK at the moment, but this fern might find itself moved into another of my terrariums before too long!

A close up of the Fittonia leaf. Pictured on the 8th December 2015 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

A close up of the Fittonia leaf. Pictured on the 8th December 2015 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on 8th December 2015.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on 8th December 2015.

28th December 2015

My Ceratostylis philippinensis has died.  This is not a surprise, the orchid has been declining for a while.  This orchid was positioned in a less than ideal situation within my BiOrbAir terrarium.  I mounted the Ceratostylis philippinensis specimen in a position on the cork bark that was far lower than I intended, meaning that the orchid received less light that it would have liked, and far less light than I had hoped it would receive.  As this miniature orchid was mounted in a lower position inside the terrarium, this also resulted in the roots of the orchid being too damp, as they were constantly receiving additional moisture from the moss below.  The submerged position this orchid was placed in, resulted in insufficient airflow around the orchid, as it was in such a low position, with bark and plants closely placed around it, restricting the airflow.

So altogether, as I have described, the Ceratostylis philippinensis was positioned in a rather stagnant place within my BiOrbAir terrarium and death was inevitable – as I left the orchid mounted in this negative position, and did not move it to a more preferable location within my BiOrbAir terrarium when I first realised my mistake – something I now very much wish I had done.  This demonstrates how important it is to consider the position of your plants within your terrarium, and to double check at every stage when you are mounting orchids onto cork bark – something I did not do when I mounted this orchid and placed it within this terrarium.

My Ceratostylis philippinensis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th December 2015.

My Ceratostylis philippinensis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th December 2015.

My Ceratostylis philippinensis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 27th December 2015.

My Ceratostylis philippinensis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 27th December 2015.

My Ceratostylis philippinensis pictured after I had removed it from my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 28th December 2015.

My Ceratostylis philippinensis pictured after I had removed it from my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 28th December 2015.

1st January 2016

Happy new year!  Here are some photographs that I took of the plants growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium today:

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the Fittonia inside my BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the Fittonia inside my BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the Fittonia inside my BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the Fittonia inside my BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the moss inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the moss inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the moss inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 1st January 2016.

A close up of the moss inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 1st January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This photograph was taken on the 1st January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This photograph was taken on the 1st January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This photograph was taken on the 1st January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This photograph was taken on the 1st January 2016.

In this photograph taken on the 1st January 2016, you can see the bright green fronds of Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' to the left of the photograph, and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' on the right hand side of the photograph.

In this photograph taken on the 1st January 2016, you can see the bright green fronds of Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ to the left of the photograph, and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ on the right hand side of the photograph.

In this photograph taken on the 1st January 2016, you can see the bright green fronds of Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles'.

In this photograph taken on the 1st January 2016, you can see the bright green fronds of Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’.

Here's my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on the 1st January 2016. I absolutely love this dear little orchid and hope it will flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here’s my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on the 1st January 2016. I absolutely love this dear little orchid and hope it will flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on the 1st January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This miniature orchid is mounted on cork bark and is growing well inside this specialised, automated terrarium. I am so fond of this miniature orchid!

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on the 1st January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This miniature orchid is mounted on cork bark and is growing well inside this specialised, automated terrarium. I am so fond of this miniature orchid!

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on the 1st January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on the 1st January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on the 1st January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on the 1st January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Ornithophora radicans has steadily lost a number of leaves since it has been growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Here is my Ornithophora radicans as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

My Ornithophora radicans has steadily lost a number of leaves since it has been growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Here is my Ornithophora radicans as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

Here's my Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave' as pictured on the 1st January 2016. I am so happy to see this fern growing so well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here’s my Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ as pictured on the 1st January 2016. I am so happy to see this fern growing so well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016. In this photo you can just see the ultra-sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016. In this photo you can just see the ultra-sonic misting unit in operation.

A close up of the Fittonia inside my BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016, with Polystichum tsussimense arching over.

A close up of the Fittonia inside my BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016, with Polystichum tsussimense arching over.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2016.

10th January 2016

Here's my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on the 10th January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. I am hoping this miniature orchid will flower very soon!

Here’s my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on the 10th January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. I am hoping this miniature orchid will flower very soon!

15th January 2016

Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’

I’ve been looking at my Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ for a while now, watching the fern grow, seeing new fronds unfurling frequently.  I have not admired how well this fern has grown inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, though it has grown exceptionally well, I haven’t looked at this fern in a happy, relaxed manner, as I tend to with my other ferns, instead I have wondered when this fern would need to be removed from the terrarium, as it was, in my opinion, starting to spoil the look of my planting scheme, from simply having grown too large in size.

The Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’, as I’ve previously mentioned, is not my favourite fern, it was also growing rapidly, due to the ideal growing conditions provided by the BiOrbAir terrarium, (if you like this variegated fern, it grows very well in terrariums, particularly inside the BiOrbAir).  I was anxious to avoid swamping my miniature orchids and other ferns, and so I decided to remove the Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’.  Then the more I thought about it, the more it seemed the perfect time for a complete re-arrange of this terrarium, and an opportunity to trial growing more miniature orchids inside this BiOrbAir terrarium.

This photograph was taken just prior to the re-arrangement of this BiOrbAir terrarium. I had very much enjoyed the look and feel of this planting scheme, but since I purchased the Pteris ensiformis 'Evergemiensis' (not my favourite fern and also far larger in size than I wanted for this terrarium), I have wanted to change things around. I could have just taken out the fern, which would have improved things straight away, but I couldn't miss an opportunity to trial growing more plants inside my BiOrbAir terrarium!

This photograph was taken just prior to the re-arrangement of this BiOrbAir terrarium. I had very much enjoyed the look and feel of this planting scheme, but since I purchased the Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ (not my favourite fern and also far larger in size than I wanted for this terrarium), I have wanted to change things around. I could have just taken out the fern, which would have improved things straight away, but I couldn’t miss an opportunity to trial growing more plants inside my BiOrbAir terrarium!

So I ordered a Restrepia sanguinea, a Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, and a Barbosella australis from Burnham Nurseries.

Here's my pot of Barbosella australis, this photograph was taken just after I had unpacked my parcel from Burnham nurseries. I am always impressed and grateful for the quality of packing and the time this UK nursery spend packaging their orchids properly, so that they arrive in one piece.

Here’s my pot of Barbosella australis, this photograph was taken just after I had unpacked my parcel from Burnham nurseries. I am always impressed and grateful for the quality of packing and the time this UK nursery spend packaging their orchids properly, so that they arrive in one piece.

Terrarium moss

The moss growing inside my other BiOrbAir – my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir is looking great, here the moss is a beautiful verdant green, and looks healthy and lovely, sadly the moss inside this BiOrbAir terrarium, despite being purchased and planted at the same time, has not done so well and looks rather tatty and lifeless.  So I purchased some new moss from the same supplier I have used previously – Triangle Nursery.

New peat free coir compost

I also purchased some new, peat-free, coir compost from Reef One.  I wanted to take all the steps I could to ensure that the woodlice that I inadvertently included in this terrarium, when I added a decorative feature of a piece of wood which was collected from the garden, were happily re-homed safely back to the garden.  I also wanted to provide some new growing media for my moss and ferns; it’s important not to over-feed terrarium plants, but this new coir compost will undoubtably provide a welcome boost of nutrients for my terrarium plants.

This BiOrbAir peat-free coir compost block comes as part of the package when you purchase a BiOrbAir terrarium, you can also purchase additional coir compost blocks on the BiOrbAir website.

This BiOrbAir peat-free coir compost block comes as part of the package when you purchase a BiOrbAir terrarium, you can also purchase additional coir compost blocks on the BiOrbAir website.

Re-planting the terrarium

First all of the plants were carefully removed from the terrarium, then all the moss and coir compost were removed and placed separately, so that these could be placed outside in the garden.  Then, after soaking the coir compost in water for a sufficient amount of time, the new peat-free, coir compost was added to the terrarium.  I didn’t replace the capillary matting, as there was simply no need to, the capillary matting that came with my BiOrbAir terrarium is very effective and long-lasting, and will last for many, many years.

I wanted to keep the majority of my existing plants, so I re-planted my Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’, my Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ and the Polystichum tsussimense, as well as my two miniature orchids – Ornithophora radicans and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’.

I decided against including these plants in my new planting scheme, despite the fact that they were healthy plants, which were thriving inside the BiOrbAir terrarium, so I removed these plants from my BiOrbAir terrarium:

  • Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group
  • Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’

Terrarium planting list

Currently these plants are now growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium:

  • Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR)
  • Barbosella australis
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
  • Ornithophora radicans
  • Polystichum tsussimense
  • Restrepia sanguinea
  • Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’

Of the plants currently growing inside my BiOrbAir, the following were part of my original planting scheme, when I first planted up this terrarium back in September 2014:

  • Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR)
  • Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
  • Polystichum tsussimense

All of the miniature orchids inside this terrarium have been mounted on bark.

Here is my BiOrbAir terrarium in the final stages of planting, I've now added three new miniature orchids to this terrarium and some new moss, which will grow alongside my existing ferns and miniature orchids.

Here is my BiOrbAir terrarium in the final stages of planting, I’ve now added three new miniature orchids to this terrarium and some new moss, which will grow alongside my existing ferns and miniature orchids.

One of my Polystichum tsussimense ferns has been re-planted inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This same fern was included when I originally planted up this terrarium in September 2014, the Polystichum has thrived growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, the original fern has since been divided into three.

One of my Polystichum tsussimense ferns has been re-planted inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This same fern was included when I originally planted up this terrarium in September 2014, the Polystichum tsussimense has thrived growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, the original fern has since been divided into three.

Here's my Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' as pictured on the 14th January 2016. I enjoy growing this fern, I appreciate its delicacy and intricacy.

Here’s my Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ as pictured on the 14th January 2016. I enjoy growing this fern, I appreciate its delicacy and intricacy.

I really enjoy re-arranging my terrarium plantings and getting a closer look at how my plants are fairing inside. I was thrilled to see this lovely, healthy new growth on my Ornithophora radicans; I previously had concerns as to how well this miniature orchid was growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, as it was losing quite a number of leaves. So I have made more of an effort of late to mist the miniature orchids inside this terrarium with rain water, which has really benefitted this orchid.

I really enjoy re-arranging my terrarium plantings and getting a closer look at how my plants are fairing inside. I was thrilled to see this lovely, healthy new growth on my Ornithophora radicans; I previously had concerns as to how well this miniature orchid was growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, as it was losing quite a number of leaves. So I have made more of an effort of late to mist the miniature orchids inside this terrarium with rain water, which has really benefitted this orchid.

Here is another photograph of my Ornithophora radicans, taken on the 14th January 2016. I have recently made an effort to mist this miniature orchid with rainwater more often, already the Ornithophora radicans is showing real signs of improvement with lots of fresh, new, healthy growth appearing.

Here is another photograph of my Ornithophora radicans, taken on the 14th January 2016. I have recently made an effort to mist this miniature orchid with rainwater more often, already the Ornithophora radicans is showing real signs of improvement with lots of fresh, new, healthy growth appearing.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on 14th January 2016. You might just be able to make out the teeny, tiny flower buds, which will open any day now.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on 14th January 2016. You might just be able to make out the teeny, tiny flower buds, which will open any day now.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto'.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’.

Restrepia sanguinea flowering

Pictured on the 14th January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium - Ornithophora radicans, Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' and Restrepia sanguinea.

Pictured on the 14th January 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium – Ornithophora radicans, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ and Restrepia sanguinea.

Here's a view from the side of my Restrepia sanguinea flower. I purchased this miniature orchid from Burnham Nurseries, a UK orchid nursery. This Restrepia sanguinea is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here’s a view from the side of my Restrepia sanguinea flower. I purchased this miniature orchid from Burnham Nurseries, a UK orchid nursery. This Restrepia sanguinea is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Barbosella australis

Here is another new addition to my BiOrbAir terrarium - Barbosella australis, a low growing, creeping, epiphytic, miniature orchid.

Here is another new addition to my BiOrbAir terrarium – Barbosella australis, a low growing, creeping, epiphytic, miniature orchid.

Restrepia sanguinea flowering

Here's my BiOrbAir terrarium after the re-arrange, as pictured on the 14th January 2016. Prior to this photograph being taken, I took out all of the plants and compost, then added brand-new coir compost, that I purchased from Reef One, and new moss. I re-planted some of my old ferns and added some new miniature orchids.

Here’s my BiOrbAir terrarium after the re-arrange, as pictured on the 14th January 2016. Prior to this photograph being taken, I took out all of the plants and compost, then added brand-new coir compost, that I purchased from Reef One, and new moss. I re-planted some of my old ferns and added some new miniature orchids.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 15th January 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 15th January 2016. Here you can you see Restrepia sanguinea, Ornithophora radicans, Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto', Barbosella australis and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' and the BiOrbAir's ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 15th January 2016. Here you can you see Restrepia sanguinea, Ornithophora radicans, Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, Barbosella australis and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ and the BiOrbAir’s ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

17th January 2016

My BiorbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 14th January 2016, with new moss and the addition of three new, miniature orchids - Restrepia sanguinea, Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' and Barbosella australis.

My BiorbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 14th January 2016, with new moss and the addition of three new, miniature orchids – Restrepia sanguinea, Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and Barbosella australis.

My Polystichum tsussimense, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 17th January 2016.

Polystichum tsussimense, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 17th January 2016.

My BiOrbAir, as pictured on the 17th January 2016. I am really enjoying the anticipation of seeing the flowers open on my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky', these teeny, tiny flowers are set to open any day now. In contrast, the larger flowers of my Restrepia sanguinea add a real impact to the look and feel of my terrarium.

My BiOrbAir, as pictured on the 17th January 2016. I am really enjoying the anticipation of seeing the flowers open on my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’, these teeny, tiny flowers are set to open any day now. In contrast, the larger flowers of my Restrepia sanguinea add a real impact to the look and feel of my terrarium.

Terrarium ferns

My Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles', with my Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave' in the background, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 17th January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’, with my Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ in the background, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 17th January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles and my Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave', as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 17th January 2016.

My Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles and my Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 17th January 2016.

My Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave', as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 17th January 2016.

My Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 17th January 2016.

Restrepia sanguinea flowering

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 17th January 2016. As you can see, my Restrepia sanguinea is in flower, its large, brightly coloured flowers add a beauty to my terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 17th January 2016. As you can see, my Restrepia sanguinea is in flower, its large, brightly coloured flowers add a beauty to my terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 17th January 2016. I am looking forward to trialling new orchids inside this specialised, automated terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 17th January 2016. I am looking forward to trialling new orchids inside this specialised, automated terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 17th January 2017. As you can see in this photograph, I have left a larger area of moss at the front of my planting scheme, this not only looks attractive, but allows for easier watering and manoeuvring around the inside of the terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 17th January 2017. As you can see in this photograph, I have left a larger area of moss at the front of my planting scheme, this not only looks attractive, but allows for easier watering and manoeuvring around the inside of the terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 17th January 2016. I am enjoying looking at the attractive flower of my Restrepia sanguinea, it's a vibrant, warm, plum coloured pink flower and is about an inch in size.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 17th January 2016. I am enjoying looking at the attractive flower of my Restrepia sanguinea, it’s a vibrant, warm, plum coloured pink flower and is about an inch in size.

My restrepia sanguinea pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 21st January 2016. These large, showy orchid flowers add a real elegance to my terrarium.

My restrepia sanguinea pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 21st January 2016. These large, showy orchid flowers add a real elegance to my terrarium.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 24th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea, in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 24th January 2016.

Restrepia sanguinea, in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 24th January 2016.

Restrepia sanguinea, in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 24th January 2016.

Here's my Resprepia sanguinea in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 26th January 2016.

Here’s my Resprepia sanguinea in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 26th January 2016.

Masdevallia decumana, another beautiful, large flowered, miniature orchid, is now flowering inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can see photographs of this attractive orchid and see how it is growing inside the BiOrbAir, by clicking here.

Restrepia sanguinea in flower, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

Restrepia sanguinea in flower, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

A flower on my Restrepia sanguinea, pictured inside my BiOrbair terrarium on the 30th January 2016.

A flower on my Restrepia sanguinea, pictured inside my BiOrbair terrarium on the 30th January 2016.

A close up of my Restrepia sanguinea flower, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

A close up of my Restrepia sanguinea flower, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 30th January 2016. Here you can see my Restrepia sanguinea is in full flower, and my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is just about to come into bloom.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 30th January 2016. Here you can see my Restrepia sanguinea is in full flower, and my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is just about to come into bloom.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky', pictured in bud, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium - I expect the buds to start opening any day now on this pretty miniature orchid. I have two Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' plants, one in each of my BiOrbAir terrariums, the other is also currently flowering. This orchid is pictured on the 30th January 2016.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’, pictured in bud, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium – I expect the buds to start opening any day now on this pretty miniature orchid. I have two Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ plants, one in each of my BiOrbAir terrariums, the other is also currently flowering. This orchid is pictured on the 30th January 2016.

Another photograph of my Restrepia sanguinea, pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

Another photograph of my Restrepia sanguinea, pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 30th January 2016. In this photograph you can see the large, elegant flowers of the Restrepia sanguinea, I recently purchased this orchid from Burnham Nurseries in the UK. I have been so enjoying looking at this Restrepia's large, raspberry pink coloured flowers, they are utterly captivating.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 30th January 2016. In this photograph you can see the large, elegant flowers of the Restrepia sanguinea, I recently purchased this orchid from Burnham Nurseries in the UK. I have been so enjoying looking at this Restrepia’s large, raspberry pink coloured flowers, they are utterly captivating.

Another photograph of my Restrepia sanguinea, pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

Another photograph of my Restrepia sanguinea, pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 30th January 2016.

3rd February 2016 

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ flowering

I was thrilled to see my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, the first flowers opened this morning.

I am head over heals in love with this dear little miniature orchid, Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky'. It is a diminutive little plant and won't take up very much room inside your terrarium. I have found that this Lepanthopsis enjoys being misted often.

I am head over heals in love with this dear little miniature orchid, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’. It is a diminutive little plant and won’t take up very much room inside your terrarium. I have found that this Lepanthopsis enjoys being misted often.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is mounted on a large piece of cork bark inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, I cannot move it around to get a better photograph of the flowers - sorry, it's at an awkward angle. You can see better photographs I have taken in my other BiOrbAir review - Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is mounted on a large piece of cork bark inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, I cannot move it around to get a better photograph of the flowers – sorry, it’s at an awkward angle. You can see better photographs I have taken in my other BiOrbAir review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir.

Here's a photograph of my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky', as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 3rd February 2016. These pretty purple buds will open to beautiful, star-shaped, glistening flowers in the next few days.

Here’s a photograph of my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 3rd February 2016. These pretty purple buds will open to beautiful, star-shaped, glistening flowers in the next few days.

I do apologise for the quality of my photographs of the flowers above – this is a miniature orchid, mounted on a rather large piece of cork bark which I cannot move without seriously disrupting the rest of my planting.  The flowers that Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ produces are tiny, and difficult to photograph at the best of times, unfortunately this flower spike is also facing away from me.  Better photographs of this miniature orchid (I have two plants – one in each terrarium – I did say I was fond of it!) can be found in my other review article, BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir.

7th February 2016

BiOrbAir fan

The fan inside this BiOrbAir terrarium stopped working the other day, and as a consequence the condensation rapidly built up and covered the inside of the globe.  After turning my BiOrbAir on and off repeatedly,  the fan then started up again, and the condensation inside my BiOrbAir cleared.  Later the same day, the fan again stopped working, but again by unplugging and then re-plugging it in, and turning the BiOrbAir on and off again, the fan then re-started.  I was by this time, a little anxious about the fan and kept my fingers crossed for no further problems.  Sadly, I experienced the same problem and the fan stopped working the following day.  Again, the fan was able to be re-started, but it did sound somewhat weaker.

Today the fan inside this BiOrbAir terrarium has again stopped working, and so far, despite many repeated attempts, I cannot re-start it, it spins up for about half a second and then cuts out.  I have taken the carbon air filter out and have checked for any obstructions – there were no visible problems that could be identified.  I have even tried changing the carbon filter, as well as the usual turning off and on again etc.  Sadly to no avail – currently the fan inside my BiOrbAir is still not working.

I have flower buds on my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ inside this BiOrbAir terrarium!  As well as the beautiful open flowers of my Restrepia sanguinea and my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ that I want to see!  I hope that I can rectify this situation, so that I can see inside my beautiful BiOrbAir terrarium soon – currently it’s totally misted up!  The fan is such an important feature of the BiOrbAir, it greatly benefits the plants to have air movement and circulation.  This is the first time I have experienced any problems with the BiOrbAir’s fan.

I emailed Reef One, the makers of the BiOrbAir last night (Sunday evening), this morning they replied – they are going to send me a replacement lid for my BiOrbAir terrarium today which will contain a new fan, so happily, very soon the problem will be solved.

My New BiOrbAir lid and fan arrived today (Tuesday 9th February 2016).  The lid was very easy to fit and the fan works perfectly.  I am afraid that as I had a number of meetings today and this evening, consequently I didn’t get a spare moment to take a photograph, but I will add some new photos as soon as I can.

10th February 2016

Miniature orchid flowers

My BiOrbAir terrarium is now working perfectly.  The new fan is working its magic, and I am enjoying watching the flowers open on my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’.  My Restrepia sanguinea is also in flower and has further buds developing.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flowers

My Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' as pictured in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th February 2016. This Restrepia is growing at a somewhat jaunty angle!

My Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ as pictured in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th February 2016. This Restrepia is growing at a somewhat jaunty angle!

A Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' inflorescence. This Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' is pictured on the 10th February 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

A Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ inflorescence. This Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is pictured on the 10th February 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ flowers

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' in full bloom inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in full bloom inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' in full bloom.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in full bloom.

This dear little miniature orchid, Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is in full flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This Lepanthopsis has currently produced six flowering stems, it's a joy to have this orchid inside the terrarium. Pictured on the 10th February 2016.

This dear little miniature orchid, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is in full flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This Lepanthopsis has currently produced six flowering stems, it’s a joy to have this orchid inside the terrarium. Pictured on the 10th February 2016.

This is just one of the developing flower buds on my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto', as pictured on the 10th February 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

This is just one of the developing flower buds on my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, as pictured on the 10th February 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here's another Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' bud in the early stages of development, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th February 2016.

Here’s another Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ bud in the early stages of development, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th February 2016.

Here's another Restrepia sanguinea bud in the early stages of development, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 10th February 2016. This Restrepia has larger flowers and buds than Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto', but both are absolutely charming orchids, with very elegant flowers.

Here’s another Restrepia sanguinea bud in the early stages of development, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 10th February 2016. This Restrepia has larger flowers and buds than Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, but both are absolutely charming orchids, with very elegant flowers.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 10th February 2016. Inside this terrarium my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky', my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' and my Restrepia sanguinea are all flowering.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 10th February 2016. Inside this terrarium my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’, my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and my Restrepia sanguinea are all flowering.

Restrepia purpurea flowering

Here's a photograph I took on the 10th February 2016, of my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in bloom. This miniature orchid has striped pink flowers, that are about 3/4 of an inch (2cm) in size.

Here’s a photograph I took on the 10th February 2016, of my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in bloom. This miniature orchid has striped pink flowers, that are about 3/4 of an inch (2cm) in size.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, pictured on the 10th February.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, pictured on the 10th February.

Here's a photograph I took on the 10th February 2016, of my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in bloom. This miniature orchid has striped pink flowers, that are about 3/4 of an inch (2cm) in size. My Restrepia sanguinea which is also growing inside this terrarium has larger flowers, they are both beautiful orchids, I am so happy to have them as part of my collection.

Here’s a photograph I took on the 10th February 2016, of my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in bloom. This miniature orchid has striped pink flowers, that are about 3/4 of an inch (2cm) in size. My Restrepia sanguinea, which is also growing inside this terrarium has larger flowers, they are both very beautiful orchids, I am so happy to have them as part of my collection.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in flower.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in flower.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in full bloom inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on 10th February 2016.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in full bloom inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on 10th February 2016.

My Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' is currently flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This attractive miniature orchid has elegant, striped, pink flowers.

My Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is currently flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This attractive miniature orchid has elegant, striped, pink flowers.

My BiOrbAir Terrarium as pictured on the 10th February 2016.

My BiOrbAir Terrarium as pictured on the 10th February 2016.

Terrarium insects

I found this grasshopper nymph inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 12th February 2016!

I found this grasshopper nymph inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 12th February 2016!

Here's another photograph of the grasshopper nymph. I am guessing that he's a Bush Cricket. Grasshopper nymphs usually emerge around May or June time. I found this one inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 12th February 2016. The Nymph remained inside the terrarium until today, 13th February 2016, when he was placed outside in the garden.

Here’s another photograph of the grasshopper nymph. I am guessing that he’s a Bush Cricket. Grasshopper nymphs usually emerge around May or June time. I found this one inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 12th February 2016. The Nymph remained inside the terrarium until today, 13th February 2016, when he was placed outside in the garden.

I also spotted this insect inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 12th February 2016. I couldn't see clearly what insect it was, it looked a fraction too large for a springtail, but I could be wrong and it could very well be a springtail.

I also spotted this insect inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 12th February 2016. I couldn’t see clearly what insect it was, it looked a fraction too large for a springtail, but I could be wrong and it could very well be a springtail.

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 13th February 2016.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 13th February 2016.

This Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' currently has 6 stems, which have so far produced 15 flowers and 14 buds of varying sizes. Pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 13th February 2016.

This Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ currently has 6 stems, which have so far produced 15 flowers and 14 buds of varying sizes. Pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 13th February 2016.

The flowers of Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' are beautiful from all angles, even from the back.

The flowers of Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ are beautiful from all angles, even from the back.

16th February 2016

Today I found this click beetle inside my BiOrbAir terrarium! This is the third time I have spotted an insect inside this terrarium in less than a week! This is Ampedus balteatus, a fairly common click beetle, that can readily be found in England and Wales. I've yet to catch this beetle - so far he's been too fast for me, as soon as I am able to catch him, I will release the beetle outdoors.

Today I found this click beetle inside my BiOrbAir terrarium! This is the third time I have spotted an insect inside this terrarium in less than a week! This is Ampedus balteatus, a fairly common click beetle, that can readily be found in England and Wales. I’ve yet to catch this beetle – so far he’s been too fast for me, as soon as I am able to catch him, I will release the beetle outdoors.

Ampedus balteatus, a click beetle, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 16th February 2016.

Ampedus balteatus, a click beetle, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 16th February 2016.

20th February 2016

My BiOrbAir is working perfectly.  Sadly, I still haven’t caught the click beetle, Ampedus balteatus, I am still trying to catch this beetle and release him safely outside.

Terrarium ferns

I do still have some ferns growing inside this terrarium, it’s not only planted with orchids!  Here’s some photographs, so you can see how everything is growing.

Here's my Polystichum tsussimense, pictured inside my BiorbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016. This fern has been included in this terrarium since I first planted it in September 2014.

Here’s my Polystichum tsussimense, pictured inside my BiorbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016. This fern has been included in this terrarium since I first planted it in September 2014.

Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave' pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

This pretty fern, Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium in September 2014. Pictured on the 20th February 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

This pretty fern, Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium in September 2014. Pictured on the 20th February 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Barbosella australis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

Barbosella australis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

Flowering plants for terrariums

My Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016. This miniature orchid is so pretty, with it's charming, glistening, purple star shaped flowers, it's a joy to have this orchid as part of my collection.

My Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016. This miniature orchid is so pretty, with it’s charming, glistening, purple star shaped flowers, it’s a joy to have this orchid as part of my collection.

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

A close up of the Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' flowers, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

A close up of the Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ flowers, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016.

Here's the second of the flowers of my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' opening on 19th February 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here’s the second of the flowers of my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ opening on 19th February 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

The second flower on my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' has now opened. You might just be able to make out the shrivelled remains of a third flower bud, which has died before opening. Pictured on the 20th February 2016.

The second flower on my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ has now opened. You might just be able to make out the shrivelled remains of a third flower bud, which has died before opening. Pictured on the 20th February 2016.

This shrivelled Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' flower bud is sadly dying before it opens. Pictured on the 19th February 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

This shrivelled Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flower bud is sadly dying before it opens. Pictured on the 19th February 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

A close up of a Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' inflorescence, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 19th February 2016.

A close up of a Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ inflorescence, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 19th February 2016.

A close up of a Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' inflorescence, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 20th February 2016.

A close up of a Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ inflorescence, as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, on the 20th February 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016. Inside this terrarium I have a Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' in flower and a Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' also in flower. Flowering has stopped, for the time being at least, on my Restrepia sanguinea.

My BiOrbAir terrarium on the 20th February 2016. Inside this terrarium I have a Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in flower and a Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ also in flower. Flowering has stopped, for the time being at least, on my Restrepia sanguinea.

23rd February 2016

The click beetle is still inside my BiOrbAir terrarium!  The beetle has been in hiding, but I am determined to find him and safely move him outside, where I hope he will live happily ever after.

I am so enjoying my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and its beautiful, striped flowers……….

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 23rd February 2016.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 23rd February 2016.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 23rd February 2016.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 23rd February 2016.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' is currently flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. I am so enjoying the beautiful flowers that this Restrepia produces, they are quite lovely.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is currently flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. I am so enjoying the beautiful flowers that this Restrepia produces, they are quite lovely.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto'produces these elegant, striped flowers which are both eye catching and enchanting. This is a super miniature orchid to grow inside a terrarium.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’produces these elegant, striped flowers which are both eye catching and enchanting. This is a super miniature orchid to grow inside a terrarium.

Here's a view of the front of one of the Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' inflorescences. At about an inch in size, these attractive, striped, inflorescences make a real impact inside my terrarium.

Here’s a view of the front of one of the Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ inflorescences. At about an inch in size, these attractive, striped, inflorescences make a real impact inside my terrarium.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' pictured in full bloom inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 23rd February 2016.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ pictured in full bloom inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 23rd February 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium pictured on the 23rd February 2016. Inside this terrarium Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' are flowering.

My BiOrbAir terrarium pictured on the 23rd February 2016. Inside this terrarium Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ are flowering.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 7th March 2016. This new flower opened about three days ago.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flowering inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 7th March 2016. This new flower opened about three days ago.

Here's my Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave' as pictured on the 10th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. As you can see this fern has produced a number of new fronds, these are somewhat straighter and less wavy than the older fronds.

Here’s my Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ as pictured on the 10th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. As you can see this fern has produced a number of new fronds, these are somewhat straighter and less wavy than the older fronds.

My Polystichum tsussimense, as pictured on the 10th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This is such a reliable and easy to grow fern, it's ideally suited to terrarium growing. This Polystichum tsussimense fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium, back in September 2014; since then I have moved the fern a number of times and divided it, and it has lived happily ever after..........

My Polystichum tsussimense, as pictured on the 10th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This is such a reliable and easy to grow fern, it’s ideally suited to terrarium growing. This Polystichum tsussimense fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium, back in September 2014; since then I have moved the fern a number of times and divided it, and it has lived happily ever after……….

This pretty fern, Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium in September 2014. This photograph was taken on the 10th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

This pretty fern, Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is growing well inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium in September 2014. This photograph was taken on the 10th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Ornithophora radicans, as pictured on the 10th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Ornithophora radicans, as pictured on the 10th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

My Restrepia sanguinea has stopped flowering for the moment. Here it is, pictured from the back in this photograph, taken on the 10th March 2016.

My Restrepia sanguinea has stopped flowering for the moment. Here it is, pictured from the back in this photograph, taken on the 10th March 2016.

Here's a Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' flower bud. Pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th March 2016.

Here’s a Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flower bud. Pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th March 2016.

A close up of one of the Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' flowers. Pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th March 2016.

A close up of one of the Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flowers. Pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 10th March 2016.

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' as pictured on the 10th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This is a super miniature orchid for terrarium growing, I would not be without this dear little plant.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ as pictured on the 10th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. This is a super miniature orchid for terrarium growing, I would not be without this dear little plant.

A closer look at the planting inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Currently I have a Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' and a Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' in flower inside this terrarium. Pictured on the 10th March 2016.

A closer look at the planting inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Currently I have a Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and a Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in flower inside this terrarium. Pictured on the 10th March 2016.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 10th March 2016. I have a Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' and a Restrepia pururea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in flower inside this terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 10th March 2016. I have a Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ and a Restrepia pururea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in flower inside this terrarium.

Both of the two different varieties of Restrepia I grow inside this BiOrbAir terrarium, close and neatly fold up their flowers as the flower finishes. As you can see here in this photograph taken on the 14th March 2016.

Both of the two different varieties of Restrepia I grow inside this BiOrbAir terrarium, close and neatly fold up their flowers as the flower finishes. As you can see here in this photograph taken on the 14th March 2016.

Here’s another look at the closed, finished flower of Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, as pictured on the 14th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. After closing the finished flower will drop sometime in the next couple of days.

Here’s another look at the closed, finished flower of Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, as pictured on the 14th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. After closing the finished flower will drop sometime in the next couple of days.

A new Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flower bud which will open in the coming days. Pictured on the 14th March 2016.

A new Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flower bud which will open in the coming days. Pictured on the 14th March 2016.

Here's the finished flower stem of my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto', you might just be able to make out the purple of the spent flower where it fell onto the moss. Pictured on 18th March 2016.

Here’s the finished flower stem of my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, you might just be able to make out the purple of the spent flower where it fell onto the moss. Pictured on 18th March 2016.

Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 18th March 2016.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 18th March 2016.

The only maintenance I have needed to carry out to this terrarium for quite sometime is to remove the dead Ornithophora radicans leaves that had fallen onto the moss as pictured in this photograph, taken on the 18th March 2016.

The only maintenance I have needed to carry out to this terrarium for quite sometime is to remove the dead Ornithophora radicans leaves that had fallen onto the moss as pictured in this photograph, taken on the 18th March 2016.

Restrepia sanguinea in the background and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' in flower in the foreground. Pictured on the 18th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Restrepia sanguinea in the background and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in flower in the foreground. Pictured on the 18th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Ornithophora radicans, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Ornithophora radicans, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Barbosella australis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 18th March 2016.

Barbosella australis pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 18th March 2016.

A few of the roots from my Ornithophora radicans have spread onto my Barbosella australis, as you can see in this photograph, taken on the 18th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' and Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' are both in flower inside this terrarium.

A few of the roots from my Ornithophora radicans have spread onto my Barbosella australis, as you can see in this photograph, taken on the 18th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ are both in flower inside this terrarium.

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' pictured in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 18th March 2016.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ pictured in flower inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 18th March 2016.

BiOrbAir ultra sonic misting unit

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 18th March 2016, with the ultra sonic misting unit in operation.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 18th March 2016. Inside this terrarium, Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' and Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' are flowering.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 18th March 2016. Inside this terrarium, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ and Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ are flowering.

This Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' has produced a beautiful new, vibrant green leaf. I have been so enjoying this miniature orchid and its attractive flowers. I am so glad that I included two Restrepias inside this terrarium, I have Restrepia sanguinea as well as this one, Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto'. Photograph taken on the 25th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

This Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ has produced a beautiful new, vibrant green leaf. I have been so enjoying this miniature orchid and its attractive flowers. I am so glad that I included two Restrepias inside this terrarium, I have Restrepia sanguinea as well as this one, Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’. Photograph taken on the 25th March 2016 inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here's a photo, taken from above, of my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto', inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 25th March 2016.

Here’s a photo, taken from above, of my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 25th March 2016.

3rd April 2016

I recently enjoyed a visit to The RHS London Orchid Show at Westminster, where I purchased some interesting new miniature orchids.  If you’d like to see some photographs from The RHS London Orchid Show, please click here.  So it’s possible that I might be having a re-jig of this terrarium, and certainly my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium, in the near future!

As you’ll see in the photographs below, my Restrepia sanguinea has produced a keiki – a new plant, that’s a clone of itself.  If you’re looking to propagate your Restrepia plants and haven’t been lucky enough to find a keiki growing on your plant, the easiest way to propagate Restrepia plants is from leaf cuttings.

Here’s an update of how this terrarium is looking at the moment:

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. Currently my Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' and my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' are in flower inside this terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. Currently my Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ and my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ are in flower inside this terrarium.

A closer look at the plants inside this terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. Inside this terrarium Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' and Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' are in flower.

A closer look at the plants inside this terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. Inside this terrarium Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ and Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ are in flower.

This Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' has been in flower continually since the 8th February 2016. The Restrepia is pictured here, in flower, on the 2nd April 2016.

This Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ has been in flower continually since the 8th February 2016. The Restrepia is pictured here, in flower, on the 2nd April 2016.

Barbosella australis, pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 2nd April 2016. This miniature orchid seems to have settled in well and is making lots of new growth.

Barbosella australis, pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 2nd April 2016. This miniature orchid seems to have settled in well and is making lots of new growth.

Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 2nd April 2016. Lepanthopsis astrophora 'Stalky' is a super miniature orchid to include in your terrarium, it's an absolutely charming plant.

Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ pictured in flower, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 2nd April 2016. Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is a super miniature orchid to include in your terrarium, it’s an absolutely charming plant.

Ornithophora radicans as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 2nd April 2016.

Ornithophora radicans as pictured inside my BiOrbAir terrarium on the 2nd April 2016.

Here's a view from the back of the Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto' flower. This Restrepia is so far growing well in the constant conditions provided by my BiOrbAir terrarium. I find I need to mist the Restrepias more than my other miniature orchids from different genera, as the Restrepias seem to prefer more moist conditions. It only takes a moment to mist these plants, I am so happy to have included them in my terrarium.

Here’s a view from the back of the Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ flower. This Restrepia is so far growing well in the constant conditions provided by my BiOrbAir terrarium. I find I need to mist the Restrepias more than my other miniature orchids from different genera, as the Restrepias seem to prefer more moist conditions. It only takes a moment to mist these plants, I am so happy to have included them in my terrarium.

Here's another look at my Restrepia purpurea 'Rayas Vino Tinto', as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. This individual flower has been very long lasting, having been open since the 17th or 18th March 2016.

Here’s another look at my Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’, as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. This individual flower has been very long lasting, having been open since the 17th or 18th March 2016.

Pictured on the 2nd April 2016, this Restrepia sanguinea is producing a new plant. Often known as a keiki, which is a Hawaiian word for a baby or young child, this new plant has been produced asexually, and will be a clone of the mother plant.

Pictured on the 2nd April 2016, this Restrepia sanguinea is producing a new plant. Often known as a keiki, which is a Hawaiian word for a baby or young child, this new plant has been produced asexually, and will be a clone of the mother plant.

Here's another photograph of the keiki produced by my Restrepia sanguinea. Phalaenopsis, Oncidiums and Dendrobiums are orchids better known for reproducing asexually in this way. This Restrepia sanguinea was pictured on the 3rd April 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here’s another photograph of the keiki produced by my Restrepia sanguinea. Phalaenopsis, Oncidiums and Dendrobiums are orchids better known for reproducing asexually in this way. This Restrepia sanguinea was pictured on the 3rd April 2016, inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.

Here's an update on my Polystichum tsussimense, this fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium, back in September 2014. Since then it has been moved, divided and moved again! This photograph was taken on the 2nd April 2016.

Here’s an update on my Polystichum tsussimense, this fern was included in my original planting of this terrarium, back in September 2014. Since then it has been moved, divided and moved again! This photograph was taken on the 2nd April 2016.

This Nephrolepis exaltata 'Fluffy Ruffles' is a super fern for terrariums, it grows so well in the humid conditions provided by the BiOrbAir and the fronds are such a beautiful green; the intricate detail of the fronds is also very pleasing. This is definitely a fern I would recommend you include if you're planting a terrarium.

This Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ is a super fern for terrariums, it grows so well in the humid conditions provided by the BiOrbAir and the fronds are such a beautiful green; the intricate detail of the fronds is also very pleasing. This is definitely a fern I would recommend you include if you’re planting a terrarium.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. These orchids are growing well inside this terrarium, my ferns, which you can't see as easily in this photograph - they are behind the cork - are also growing well.

My BiOrbAir terrarium, as pictured on the 2nd April 2016. These orchids are growing well inside this terrarium, my ferns, which you can’t see as easily in this photograph – they are behind the cork – are also growing well.

Other articles that may interest you……….

To continue reading this review and head straight to the next instalment of this trial and review – A long term review of the BiOrbAir (part four), please click here.

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

To see the full planting list for this BiOrbAir, together with the details of the nurseries and garden centres I used to purchase the plants, ferns, orchids and mosses for this terrarium, please click here.

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

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

To view a further list of plants suitable for growing in terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read the first part of my long-term BiOrbAir review, please click here.

To read the second part of my long-term BiOrbAir review, please click here.

If you’d like to read more about my long- handled terrarium tools, please click here.

For information on using decorative features in your terrarium or bottle garden, please click here.

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

If you’d like to see all of the Gold Medal winning Show Gardens, from the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.

To read my review of Richard Mabey’s latest book, ‘The Cabaret of Plants Botany and The Imagination’, please click here.

 

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