Growing Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 13th May 2017, just as its flower spike began to emerge.

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta is a beautiful miniature, epiphytic orchid species, from Kenya and Africa.  Plants produce long, arching, or pendulous flower spikes, that feature large, white, crystalline flowers with orange-red columns or centres.  Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta flowers are borne in double rows along each flower spike.  As each of the flowers open, their petals unfurl; one by one the flowers adjust themselves to be held horizontally on the plant, with their nectaries held directly below each bloom.

The inflorescences of Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta produce a sweet, delicate fragrance, which isn’t overly powerful, and can only be detected during a close examination of the flowers.

If you plan to grow Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, do ensure that you leave room for the plant’s flower spike, which is a great deal larger than the plant itself!  It’s worth remembering that mature plants will produce numerous flower spikes in unison, creating a magnificent floral display, which will occupy a greater expanse of area than you might expect.

I have found that Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta flourishes in humid conditions.  I grow my Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen mounted on cork bark, this plant is misted every day.  This orchid species is misted more frequently than many of the Aerangis species I grow.  In its native environment, Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta encounters a drier growing period during the summer months, so it’s wise to incorporate this drier season into your growing regime, during the warmer months of the year.

My Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen is mounted on cork bark and grown in a terrarium, where it receives bright, indirect light.  I don’t have a specific heater for this terrarium, although my home has heating, so this plant is grown at room temperature.  You can find out more about my plants’ growing conditions, in my updates for my Orchidarium and my Rainforest Terrarium.

In the photographs I have taken, and listed in date order for you below, you can see the development of this Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta flower spike and flowers, from the first sign of a flower spike, to an emerging bud, to full-on flowering!

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 2nd June 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 25th June 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 12th August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 23rd August 2017, just as its first flower is opening.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta pictured as its first flower opened, on the 23rd August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured as its first flower opens on the 23rd August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured as its first flower opens on the 23rd August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 27th August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 27th August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower, on the 30th August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta pictured in flower on the 31st August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 31st August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 31st August 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured on the 2nd September 2017, with a British five-pence piece to clearly show the size of the flowers.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th September 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th September 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured in flower on the 30th September 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured as the flowers begin to fade on the 4th October 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured as the flowers begin to fade on the 4th October 2017.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, pictured as the flowers begin to fade on the 4th October 2017.

To see this same Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen’s next flowering, which was less successful due to the plant being dehydrated, please click here.

I have another Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen, growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium; you can see this plant and its flowering, in this update, here.

Other articles that may interest you……………

To read about Gastrochilus retrocallus and see this miniature orchids flowers, please click here.

To read a planting list of miniature orchids ideal for growing inside terrariums or vivariums, please click here.

To see my Rainforest Terrarium being set up, please click here.

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

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

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

To read the first instalment of my Miniature Orchid Trial, please click here.

If you’re thinking of planting up your own terrarium and wish to read a planting list of various terrarium plants, please click here.

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