Welcome to the fourth part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial.
I decided to plant up this White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium in April 2017, after receiving many requests from readers asking about white flowered, miniature, epiphytic orchids. I didn’t have a spare terrarium available to plant at the time, so I decided to empty, and then re-plant my long-term review BiOrbAir terrarium with a variety of species of white-flowering orchids, to showcase how beautiful a single colour planting scheme for terrariums, vivariums, orchidariums, or bottle gardens, can be.
The BiOrbAir is a specialised, automated, terrarium, which was designed by Barry Reynolds, and is available from BiOrb.
White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium Planting List
- Aerangis biloba
- Aerangis mystacidii
- Amesiella monticola
- Angraecum distichum
- Brachypeza semiteretifolia
- Ceratochilus biglandulosus
- Holcoglossum flavescens
- Humata repens
- Masdevallia tovarensis
- Neofinetia falcata
- Phalaenopsis micholitzii
- Phalaenopsis thailandica
- Podangis dactyloceras
Since I set up this terrarium in April 2017, I have made a couple of new introductions to this terrarium: on the 28th May 2017, I added a young Aerangis mystacidii specimen, which had been previously growing inside a flask, and at the same time I added an attractive fern, Humata repens, which was previously growing inside another of my terrariums to this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
You can see the full planting list for this terrarium here, where you’ll find more details about each of these orchids, together with the details of all of the nurseries and suppliers where I purchased my orchids, mosses, and cork for this terrarium.
For more information on how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark, please click here.
White flowered miniature epiphytic orchids
I am so happy that this Aerangis bilioba specimen has produced a new leaf!
This miniature orchid is losing another of its leaves, probably due to the change of conditions the plant experienced when I purchased the plant earlier this year and it was moved from one environment to another.
I have two Aerangis mystacidii specimens growing inside this terrarium. These young seedlings are establishing nicely inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
I am a great fan of the Amesiella genus, so it won’t surprise you to hear that this Amesiella monticola specimen is another of my favourite orchids; although I do have a number of favourites!
This Amesiella monticola specimen has quickly established itself inside this White Orchid Trial Terrarium, the plant has produced a new leaf and a number of roots, which have burrowed into the cork, securing the plant firmly in place.
Angraecum distichum is another of my favourite miniature orchids, I just love everything about this plant!
I am unsure as yet as to how well this Angraecum distichum specimen is adjusting to this terrarium, I hope the plant will be happy here.
You can find out more about Angraecum distichum in this article I wrote about this orchid, where you can also see photographs of Angraecum distichum in flower.
There are two Brachypeza semiteretifolia specimens growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, both appear to be growing well, one is in the earliest stages of producing a flower spike. I spotted a tiny snail on one of the plants, which I removed after taking its photograph.
This Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen has not succeeded inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, the plant has dropped two of its three stems over the past few months. I believe the reason for the plant’s decline is that the plant has not been watered frequently enough, and when it has received water the plant has dried out too quickly. This miniature orchid is very small in size. I placed this plant in the upper level of this terrarium, which was very close to the BiOrbAir’s fan, so the plant dried out in less time that it would have liked.
It’s important to create good air circulation inside terrariums, to give your plants a healthy environment in which to grow. It’s also important to remember that your plant’s position within your BiOrbAir terrarium will determine how quickly its roots will become dry, so you will need to increase or decrease your misting to find the optimum level for your plant’s favoured growing conditions.
I could have thoroughly soaked this Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen in rainwater, then added some additional moss to cover the plant’s roots, to help to retain water around the roots, and left the orchid inside this terrarium, but this time I opted to move the plant to another of my terrariums which enjoys more frequent misting, so that I could be sure of its survival.
This Holcoglossum flavescens specimen seems to be adjusting to its new environment. I hope it will grow well inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Humata repens is an absolutely charming little fern, it’s demure and understated, yet utterly beautiful. This diminutive fern grows to only 8cm (3 inches) tall, so can be accommodated inside event the smallest of terrariums.
I am so glad that I was able to include this Masdevallia tovarensis specimen inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, it’s still early days of course, but so far this miniature orchid seems to be growing well inside this terrarium. The plant has produced new leaves and roots.
This Neofinetia falcata specimen delighted us with its exquisite inflorescences, from the 2nd June 2017, until the beginning of July 2017. How I enjoyed these Neofinetia falcata flowers and their exclusive scent. Now that the flowers have faded, this Neofinetia falcata species has its own beauty, which I admire each time I see this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
As you can see in the photographs below, this Neofinetia falcata specimen is in the process of losing a leaf. The leaf has turned yellow, but it is currently still firmly attached to the plant; when the leaf dies and naturally comes away from the plant I shall remove it. Orchids regularly loose leaves, this is a natural process and is not a cause for concern.
Well these photographs speak for themselves! This Phalaenopsis thailandica specimen has sent up a keiki in an attempt to propagate itself and stay alive. This is another very small miniature orchid, I positioned this plant in the higher part of the terrarium, just under the fan, this was too dry an environment for this miniature orchid, so the plant has suffered. I love this Phalaenopsis thailandica specimen, I hope it will survive.
I have moved this Phalaenopsis thailandica specimen into my Orchidarium, where it will receive more water.
Although it fits beautifully inside the BiOrbAir, Phalaenopsis micholitzii is quite a large orchid for a terrarium, and consequently would not suit every type of terrarium. Phalaenopsis micholitzii is a critically endangered orchid. I’m growing this orchid as part of my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis Species, as I am working to increase stock of this rare plant, but this is not an orchid I would recommend you purchase. Phalaenopsis micholitzii is a beautiful plant even when it’s not flowering, as its shape is very pleasing. The orchid’s leaves have an attractive shine and handsome finish.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii is a rare orchid that needs our protection.
This Phalaenopsis micholitzii specimen has produced these beautiful new roots, which you can see pictured above, and these exciting flower buds, which you can see in the photograph below.
This Podangis dactyloceras specimen has such a charm and charisma about it, I hope that this special fan shaped orchid which, produces the most fascinating translucent flowers, will flourish inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAIr Terrarium.
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Other articles that may interest you…………
To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.
To read the first part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.
To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.
To read about the general care I give to my orchids and terrarium plants, and the general maintenance I give to my BiOrbAir terrariums, please click here.
To read about the great new features of the 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.
For information on how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark, please click here.
To read a Planting List of a wide range and variety of beautiful plants which are suitable for growing in terrariums, vivariums, bottle gardens, and indoor gardens, please click here.
To see a Planting List of beautiful, miniature orchids, suitable for growing in terrariums, vivariums, bottle gardens, and indoor gardens, please click here.
To read about the Writhlington Orchid Project, please click here.
To read about the largest known orchid species, the Queen of the Orchids, and see this plant’s flowering at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in September 2015, please click here.