Welcome to the seventh part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial. In this update I look forward to sharing the growth and development of the miniature, epiphytic, white flowered orchids that are growing inside this terrarium with you. I am thrilled to share with you the flowering of Ceratostylis pristina, and the development of Amesiella minor, Brachypeza semiteretifolia, Hymenorchis javanica, Holcoglossum weixiense, and Amesiella philippinensis flower buds .
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 to grow in terrariums. 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 mystacidii
- Amesiella minor
- Amesiella monticola
- Amesiella philippinensis
- Brachypeza semiteretifolia
- Ceratochilus biglandulosus
- Ceratostylis pristina
- Constantia cipoensis
- Holcoglossum flavescens
- Holcoglossum weixiense
- Humata repens
- Hymenorchis javanica
- Masdevallia tovarensis
- Neofinetia falcata
- Podangis dactyloceras
Since I set up this terrarium in April 2017, I have made some changes and introduced new miniature orchid species to this terrarium. On the 28th May 2017, I added two young Aerangis mystacidii specimens, 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.
Then on the 12th November 2017, I rearranged this White Orchid Trial Terrarium, I removed some of the orchids that were growing inside this terrarium, relocating these plants to my other terrariums. At the same time, I introduced some new miniature orchids. The results of these changes can be seen in this update and its accompanying photographs, and continuing trial updates that follow. The planting list that you can see above is the current list of all of the miniature orchids that are growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
You can see the full planting list for this terrarium here. Here you’ll find more details about each of the orchids that are currently growing inside this terrarium, as well as details of any other orchids that have previously been trialled inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, together with the details of all of the nurseries and suppliers where I purchased all of my orchids, mosses, and cork for this terrarium. At the bottom of this list, there’s a further list of white flowered, miniature orchid species.
For more information on how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark, please click here.
White flowered miniature epiphytic orchids
Before I re-arranged my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium – the results of which you can see in this update and in the continuing updates that I write for this terrarium, I was so happy with the look of this terrarium! I had no wish to change this terrarium’s appearance at all, but in order to make my Orchid Trials as helpful and interesting as possible, I feature as many orchids as I can. So in November 2017, I had a major re-shuffle of all my terrarium plants, moving many orchids from one terrarium to another, in order to more interestingly group the plants. Wherever possible I brought orchid species from the same genus together in the same terrarium, to enable my readers to more clearly see the differences between each species, and to learn more of the genus.
I moved other orchids from one terrarium to another, where I hoped that the plant would be better suited to the conditions the terrarium offered its plants, or where the orchid suited the theme of the particular trial or the style of planting better. Some orchid specimens remained where they were, while other orchids were moved out of the terrariums that I regularly feature on my website, as through my trials I have proven that that these particular miniature orchid species thrive when grown inside the BiOrbAir terrarium. By having this re-arrange it allows me to trial more plants inside my terrariums.
As I write this update, we’re in December 2017, once January 2018 arrives and my Christmas decorations are taken down, this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium will be moving to a slightly brighter room, a room which receives some natural daylight. From September 2014, when I first planted this terrarium, until January 2018, this terrarium has resided inside a room that received very little daylight; additional light was needed to read or to undertake any task at any time of day.
As part of this re-arrangement, I moved the Amesiella philippinensis specimen that you see here in this review, from my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, to my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. You can follow the growth and progress of this Amesiella philippinensis specimen in this review and in the continuing review updates from this White Orchid Trial Terrarium. I hope that this delightful miniature orchid with its magnificent white flowers will greatly enhance the planting of this BiOrbAir terrarium.
I love Amesiellas! I thought it would be interesting to grow the three species of Amesiella alongside each other, so I moved one of my Amesiella minor specimens, which was previously residing inside another of my terrariums, (a terrarium that I don’t write regular updates for) to this White Orchid Trial Terrarium, so that I could display Amesiella minor, Amesiella philippinensis, and Amesiella monticola alongside each other.
I moved the Phalaenopsis micholitzii specimen that was previously residing inside this terrarium into my Orchidarium, as I wanted to hold all of my miniature Phalaenopsis species together in one place. This was my only reason for moving my Phalaenopsis micholitzii specimen, this beautiful orchid was absolutely flourishing inside this BiOrbAir terrarium, it greatly enhanced the planting, the look, style, and feel of this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. I shall miss this Phalaenopsis, but it will be lovely to grow my Phalaenopsis species alongside each other, which was my motivation for moving the plants.
By moving the largest orchid that was here into another terrarium, I created some extra room inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, which I have now filled with some new plants:
Ceratochilus biglandulosus: this particular specimen was originally featured in the first planting of this terrarium, but the plant struggled as it didn’t receive as much moisture as it would have liked, so I moved it to my Orchidarium. Now that the plant has recovered, this same Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen is back as part of this White Orchid Trial, to test whether this species can thrive inside the BiOrbAir.
Ceratostylis pristina is a beautiful miniature orchid that produces white, crystalline flowers. This specimen was previously growing inside another of my terrariums (a terrarium that I don’t write about), I was keen to see how this miniature orchid species would grow inside the BiOrbAir terrarium.
Constantia cipoensis was also growing inside another of my terrariums, this is a simply stunning orchid, it’s so attractive and looks just so pretty, even when it is not in flower.
Holcoglossum weixiense is another miniature orchid that I am delighted to have found room for inside this terrarium, I’ve moved this specimen with Hymenorchis javanica, from another of my terrariums, into this one.
Hymenorchis javanica is an orchid which produces absolutely fabulous, crystalline flowers, I’d love to share the beauty of these flowers with you. I have my fingers crossed that all of these orchids will flourish inside this White Orchid Trial Terrarium.
You can discover more about these plants in this and my continuing reviews. More information, including the details of where I have purchased all of my plants can be found in the planting list for this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
I now have just one Aerangis mystacidii specimen growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. The other plant, the healthier of the two specimens, is still in good health, but has been moved to another terrarium to enable me to make room for more plants inside this terrarium.
This Aerangis mystacidii specimen has featured an older leaf that has been dying back from the tip from some time now. This specimen displays another leaf, which is also paler in colour, with two more vibrant looking newer leaves in front. This Aerangis mystacidii specimen is a very young plant, it was growing inside a flask up until May 2017, when this specimen was then transferred to this White Orchid Trial Terrarium.
This Amesiella minor specimen was previously growing inside another of my terrariums (a terrarium that I don’t write about). It’s not a good idea to move orchids, or indeed any plants, when they are in bud, as you jeopardise the plant’s flowering and risk the plant aborting its buds. But, this was the only time that I was able to transfer the plants. I wasn’t able to wait until the spring and whatever time I moved the orchids, some of the plants were bound to be in bud. Saying sorry to this Amesiella isn’t enough. I will have to keep an eye on this specimen. I have my fingers crossed for a successful and smooth transition, I hope that this Amesiella minor specimen will be happy inside this White Orchid Trial Terrarium.
When I first planted this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium in April 2017, I included two Amesiella minor specimens, sadly both of these plants died within a month of their introduction. I believe that these Amesiella minor specimens died after suffering irreversible damage on their journey to me. I am hoping with all my heart that this Amesiella minor specimen fares better than its predecessors!
I love Amesiellas! My love for this particular Amesiella monticola specimen has grown since I have admired the gusto in which the plant is producing a new leaf. I was more than a little miffed when I saw that a teeny, tiny terrarium snail had eaten cleanly through the perfectly beautiful leaf that once filled the space where this delightful new leaf is growing in its place, but I have taken heart from watching the marvellous growth of this fresh new leaf. I hope that this Amesiella monticola specimen will continue to grow strongly inside this White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium. This specimen featured in the original planting of this terrarium in April 2017.
This Amesiella philippinensis specimen was first introduced to my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium in October 2016. The miniature orchid remained inside this terrarium until November 2017, when this specimen then moved into this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
I am so excited that this Amesiella philippinensis specimen is producing a flower spike! I cannot wait to see this miniature orchid’s flowers! This Amesiella philippinensis specimen first started producing a flower spike in September 2017. You can see my most recent photographs of the plant and its developing flower spike below:
I have kept two Brachypeza semiteretifolia specimens inside this terrarium, both of these plants featured in the original planting of this terrarium in April 2017. One of these Brachypeza semiteretifolia specimens has already flowered, and happily I can share with you that the other specimen is now producing a flower bud! I could not be more delighted, as this orchid produces beautifully fragrant flowers.
This Ceratochilis biglandulosus specimen started off inside this terrarium, indeed it featured in the original planting of this terrarium in April 2017. This Ceratochilis biglandulosus specimen then declined and dropped three stems, before I moved it to my Orchidarium, where the plants enjoy more frequent misting. Now that I am satisfied that the plant has recovered from being too dry I am trying this same specimen once again, for one last trial inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. If this miniature orchid shows any sign of suffering again, I shall move it back to my Orchidarium.
Ceratostylis pristina is a beautiful miniature orchid. This plant was previously growing inside another of my terrariums before I moved it into this terrarium after my re-arrange in early November 2017. At the time this Ceratostylis pristina specimen was already in bud, and as you can see in the photographs above and below, these enchanting, crystalline flowers have now opened.
To try to show you more clearly the size of these Ceratostylis pristina flowers, I have included a British five pence piece in one of the photographs that you can see below. I have also created this animation, which you can see directly below, so that you can see how the flowers sparkle and twinkle as a light is moved over them. I hope you’ll like it!
Ceratostylis pristina flowering
I recorded the animation above to show you the sparkling quality of this Ceratostylis pristina specimen’s flowers – a light was moved over the orchid’s flower as I recorded it with my camera.
Here is another of the new additions to this terrarium! I am captivated by the beauty of Constantia cipoensis, for me this miniature orchid is utterly charming! Constantia cipoensis is not the easiest orchid to grow, I am hoping that this specimen will grow happily inside this terrarium.
This Holcoglossum flavescens specimen was included in the original planting of this terrarium in April 2017. I hope that now this plant has succeeded for eight months, that the plant has happily adjusted to this terrarium and will continue to grow and develop.
This Holcoglossum weixiense specimen is another new addition. I moved this orchid into this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, as part of my re-arrange on the 12th November 2017. This miniature orchid was previously residing inside another of my terrariums. I hope that this Holcoglossum weixiense specimen will flourish inside this terrarium.
As you can see the plant has produced two flower buds. It’s never a good time to move orchids whilst they’re in bud, so I hope that the plant will not suffer too badly from the timing of its move to this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Humata repens is a super little fern! This Humata repens specimen was added to my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium in May 2017. The fern has not been moved since then, I have rearranged my orchids around this fern, in the hope that it will not be adversely disturbed by the move. Humata repens is a fantastic fern for terrariums!
Humata repens is the perfect size for most terrariums. Although this fern will grow and develop width wise, this fern will just grow larger in size, but not in height. My specimen will grow wider, but not taller. I think that Humata repens provides a perfect backdrop to the orchids inside this terrarium. I am fortunate to have a specimen of this fern, it is an attractive and endearing fern, which greatly enhances this terrarium.
This Hymenorchis javanica specimen is another new addition, having moved from another of my terrariums to this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. As you can see in the photographs above and below, this miniature orchid is also in bud. I hope that this Hymenorchis javanica specimen will thrive inside this terrarium.
In November 2017, I decided to divide this Masdevallia tovarensis specimen, I have included one part of the division inside this terrarium, which you can see in the photograph above, the other parts of the division are now residing inside other terrariums. This Masdevallia tovarensis specimen was included in the original planting of this terrarium, in April 2017.
This Neofinetia falcata specimen also featured in the original planting of this White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium in April 2017. I love Neofinetia falcata, this orchid is a delight to grow!
This Podangis dactyloeras specimen also featured in the original planting of this terrarium in April 2017. This specimen was very kindly given to me by a friend, each time I write an update for this terrarium I rejoice for my friend’s friendship and kindness, and rejoice that the plant he gave me still lives!
As I write, there are five miniature orchids in bud inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. I am hoping with all my heart that these plants will bloom successfully inside this terrarium. I can’t wait to share the beauty of their flowers with you in my next update!
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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.