- 1 White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium Planting List
- 2 White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium
- 3 White flowered miniature epiphytic orchids
- 3.1 Aerangis hyaloides
- 3.2 Aerangis mystacidii
- 3.3 Amesiella minor
- 3.4 Amesiella minor flowering
- 3.5 Amesiella monticola
- 3.6 Amesiella philippinensis
- 3.7 Amesiella philippinensis inflorescences developing
- 3.8 Brachypeza semiteretifolia
- 3.9 Brachypeza semiteretifolia flowering
- 3.10 Ceratochilus biglandulosus
- 3.11 Ceratostylis pristina
- 3.12 Constantia cipoensis
- 3.13 Holcoglossum flavescens
- 3.14 Holcoglossum weixiense
- 3.15 Humata repens
- 3.16 Hymenorchis javanica
- 3.17 Hymenorchis javanica flowering
- 3.18 Hymenorchis javanica flowers as they open!
- 3.19 Masdevallia tovarensis
- 3.20 Neofinetia falcata
- 3.21 Podangis dactyloceras
Welcome to the ninth part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial. In this update I look forward to sharing the growth and development of these delightful, white flowered, epiphytic, miniature orchid species with you. I am thrilled to show you Aerangis hyaloides, Amesiella minor, Brachypeza semiteretifolia, and Hymenorchis javanica flowering inside this White Orchid BiOrbAir Trial Terrarium.
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 hyaloides
- 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 some new plants to this terrarium. The planting list that you see above is the current list of all of the miniature orchids that are currently residing 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.
If you’re looking for more information on how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark, please click here.
White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium
I love my BiOrbAir terrariums! I have many different types of terrarium, but the BiOrbAir is my favourite. This specialised, automated terrarium makes terrarium gardening so much easier and much more fun! I would not be able to grow these miniature orchids without my BiOrbAir terrarium, as the rooms that my BiOrbAir terrariums reside in are very shaded, the plants would not receive enough light, and they would also be without sufficient humidity and the optimum air circulation that the BiOrbAir terrarium provides for my plants. I am so fortunate to have my BiOrbAir terrariums!
White flowered miniature epiphytic orchids
It has been a very busy time inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium! Some of the orchids that are growing inside this terrarium are flowering, other plants have just finished flowering, while one plant has aborted its flower buds, and another of these white flowered orchids is declining, dropping its leaves and looking in very bad shape. It has mostly been a time of celebration, a celebration of white orchid flowers!
This Aerangis hyaloides specimen was first introduced into this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium on the 22nd December 2017, this lovely orchid is this terrarium’s newest resident.
It has been such a joy to see this Aerangis hyaloides specimen flowering inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This utterly charming orchid is one of my favourite orchid species, I am so glad that I made the decision to move this special plant into this terrarium. I appreciate this orchid species’ beauty. I admire the delightful sparkle of Aerangis hyaloides‘ flowers and the particular beauty of this orchid’s leaves.
Aerangis hyaloides produces truly magnificent flowers with a true sparkle. I have examined this orchid species at almost every time of day or night, but I have never been able to detect any fragrance from this orchid’s flowers.
This Aerangis hyaloides specimen started flowering on the 13th December 2017. Its simply fascinating, sparkling flowers began to fade on the 3rd January 2018.
I have just one Aerangis mystacidii specimen growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This young plant is growing well.
This Amesiella minor specimen with its large, crystalline pure white flower has brought so much joy to this White Orchid Trial Terrarium! This glamorous looking orchid species is endemic to the Philippines, where it can be found growing on tree trunks which tend to have a fine, thin covering of moss. I have tried to replicate this orchid’s natural growing conditions, by growing this Amesiella minor specimen mounted on cork, which is coated with a fine covering of live, growing moss, and by growing this miniature orchid inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. This enclosed terrarium with its LED lights, ultra sonic misting unit, and fan, create a humid environment with good air circulation.
I have so enjoyed seeing this Amesiella minor specimen’s flowers! I’ve taken a photograph of this Amesiella minor specimen whenever I could, so that I could share the magnificent beauty of this orchid species’ flowers with you.
Sadly as so many of us have been enchanted by Amesiella minor, indeed we have been charmed by all of the Amesiella orchids, that as a result this orchid species and Amesiella as a genus, is a genus of very endangered plants, which are not found anywhere near as often in the wild as I would like. When you’re purchasing orchids, do please always buy your plants from reputable growers, always ask to order plants that have been grown from seed produced by plants in cultivation. To me it far more important to have orchids succeeding in their natural environment in the wild, and to have these amazing orchids’ habitats protected, than it is to have these same orchids flourishing in our homes. For as beautiful as they are, and for all the love I have for my terrariums and for my own plants, this love is nothing, it is insignificant compared to the love I feel for orchids growing in the wild, for the cloud forests, rainforests, and the other amazing environments where orchids grow around the world, which desperately need our protection and support.
Amesiella minor flowering
I have examined this Amesiella minor specimen at almost every time of day and night, I have not been able to detect any fragrance from this orchid’s flowers.
Here I am again sharing my love of Amesiella, this time my love of Amesiella monticola, a very beautiful epiphytic orchid species, which produces beautiful large, white, fragrant flowers.
This particular Amesiella monticola specimen has yet to flower inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, but I am thrilled by this plant’s growth and its development over the past nine months since it was introduced to this terrarium.
It’s amazing to see the flower buds develop on this Amesiella philippinensis specimen! This particular Amesiella philippinensis specimen first began producing this inflorescence at the beginning of October 2017, it has been just wonderful to watch these flower buds developing over the past few months.
Initially this Amesiella philippinensis plant had produced three large flower buds, but sadly in early January 2018, I knocked one of the three flower buds off as I misted the plants. I am so clumsy! I am so grateful that I only knocked one flower bud off, thank goodness I left the stem intact!
Amesiella philippinensis originates from the Philippines, where it can be found growing on trees in moist forests.
Amesiella philippinensis inflorescences developing
I have two Brachypeza semiteretifolia plants growing inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. The plant that you see pictured above has absolutely delighted me by flowering for the first time inside this terrarium with quite simply wonderful timing, this miniature orchid’s flower began to open on the 31st December 2017 – new year’s eve!
Brachypeza semiteretifolia produces powerfully fragrant flowers, which release their perfume during both the day and at night, giving you a greater chance of being able to enjoy their scent! I have noticed that the flowers that my plants have produced seem to be at their most fragrant during the early evening, just as the light begins to fade, but they are surprisingly fragrant at all times.
I love the perfume that my Brachypeza semiteretifolia flowers produce, this miniature orchid’s scent has potent fragrance notes of coconut and jasmine, alongside notes of musk and hyacinth. Brachypeza semiteretifolia‘s perfume has definite similarities to the fragrance of Neofinetia falcata.
Brachypeza semiteretifolia flowering
This Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen was introduced back into this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium with some trepidation. This actual Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen was included in the original planting of this terrarium in April 2017, however the plant declined after its introduction, dropping more than half of its leaves and appearing as a mere shadow of its former self. With the plant in a very poor state of health, in August 2017, I then transferred this miniature orchid into my Orchidarium, as this terrarium automatically delivers a mist to all of the plants inside every morning. I needed to provide a wetter, more humid environment to enable this plant to recover from the dehydration it had experienced inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. By November this plant had recovered and was stable, so this Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen was introduced back into this terrarium on the 12th November 2017.
Since its introduction, this Ceratochilus biglandulosus specimen seems to be growing well so far. The plant’s appearance and demeanour has not altered since it was introduced into this White Orchid Trial Terrarium.
I think that the Ceratostylis pristina flower bud that you see pictured above and below must have either been aborted or have dropped prematurely. However this Ceratostylis pristina specimen is doing OK, the plant is producing new leaves and roots and is growing quite happily inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
I really was not sure how well this Constantia cipoensis specimen would grow inside the BiOrbAir terrarium, so I am absolutely over the moon to see this plant’s lovely new growth.
This Holcoglossum flavescens specimen has been declining for a little while now. Due to its poor condition and the decline in this plant’s health, this miniature orchid regularly drops it leaves, so consequently this Holcoglossum flavescens specimen is becoming smaller in size and is looking in a worse state every time I see the plant.
In December 2017, I decided to remove much of the moss that I had placed around this miniature orchid’s roots when I mounted the plant back in April 2017, to see if this would help the plant to survive. Despite my adjustments, I have as yet to see a change in this plant’s fortune.
Many garden centres sell ferns, but not many of these ferns are the optimum size for terrariums when they are fully grown, nearly all grow to be far too large to grow inside an average terrarium. Humata repens is a fantastic terrarium fern, it grows well in terrarium conditions, thriving in humid environments. Humata repens can grow successfully under both quite low light levels, as well as in situations where the fern will receive much brighter light. I am so glad that I included this Humata repens specimen inside this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
I am so excited to share this Hymenorchis javanica specimen’s flowers with you! I am quite a fan of crystalline flowers, I just love their natural sparkle and glimmer, it’s so beautiful. Hymenorchis javanica produces delightful bell shaped blooms, which feature ragged edges with a delightful touch of green at each flower’s centre.
I have yet to detect any fragrance from these newly opened Hymenorchis javanica inflorescences. If this changes, I will add the details to my next update for this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.
Hymenorchis javanica flowering
30th December 2017
I am absolutely thrilled that this Hymenorchis javanica specimen is in bud, I cannot wait to see this miniature orchid’s crystalline flowers! Hymenorchis javanica is endemic to Java, where it can be found growing on trees, in forests where the plant’s environment is wet and humid.
This dear little miniature orchid produces very beautiful, crystalline flowers, I cannot wait to see them!
Hymenorchis javanica flowers as they open!
I am so excited about this Hymenorchis javanica flowering! It is wonderful to be able to share the beauty of this particular Hymenorchis javanica flowering with you!
Masdevallia tovarensis was included in my original planting of this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium in April 2017. However, on the 12th November 2017, as I was conducting a large scale reorganisation of my plants, I decided to divide this plant. I placed the smallest division, which featured only two leaves at the time, back inside this terrarium. Happily this Masdevallia tovarensis plant has grown well and is already producing a new leaf.
Neofinetia falcata is a very special orchid that looks fabulous, even when it is not in flower. This is a handsome miniature orchid has great stature, the plant brings its own style to any terrarium planting.
This Neofinetia falcata specimen receives no special attention, it is misted, along with the other plants, a few times a week and is fed regularly. On the occasions, or weeks, when the orchids inside this terrarium have been misted less often that I would have liked this Neofinetia falcata specimen has continued to grow happily, with no noticeable adverse reactions.
This Podangis dactyloceras specimen brings a lovely fan shape to this White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium. I was so happy to be able to include this orchid species inside this terrarium, as Podangis dactyloeras is is another plant that is absolutely beautiful in flower, but is still a very attractive, pleasing plant when it is not in bloom.
To head straight to the next update for this White Orchid Trial Terrarium and see the flowers of Amesiella philippinensis, Amesiella minor, and Hymenorchis javanica, please click here.
Other articles that may interest you…………
To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.
To see how my Orchidarium was created, 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.