My National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis

When I was a child, it was my aim that by the time I became an adult I would have saved up sufficient funds to purchase, and forever after protect a beautiful woodland or forest, and at least one meadow!  I haven’t succeeded in my aim – I sadly have been unable to protect any of our woodlands, forests, or meadows, but I still feel just as passionately about plant conservation.  I have a strong drive to protect the countryside, the environment, and every part of our natural world.  I have a great desire to encourage others to protect woodlands, meadows, peat bogs, rainforests, and other precious and diverse habitats.

Phalaenopsis lobbii, pictured in flower, on the 8th April 2018.

So, I don’t have access to a forest or a meadow, I don’t have a large garden either, but I can still protect plants, even with the limited amount of space and resources I have available to me.  Naturally, with not much space of my own with which I can offer the universe to grow and protect plants, I have naturally gravitated towards growing small and miniature plants – so that I can accommodate more plants, and maximise the use of my available space!  With this in mind I have set up a National Plant Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis species, I grow these Phalaenopsis plants inside a number of terrariums indoors.  I love to share the growth and development of my Phalaenopsis plants, and my other orchids, in my regular updates for my terrariums.

Phalaenopsis lobbii, pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018.

Phalaenopsis micholitzii, pictured on the 17th September 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

I grow some interesting Phalaenopsis plants, including Phalaenopsis honghenensis, an enchanting orchid with an interesting fragrance.  This Phalaenopsis produces a scent which has a character that is reminiscent of cooked bacon, which is blended with the spicy but sweet perfume of Dianthus, or old fashioned pinks – it’s quite something!

This Phalaenopsis honghenensis specimen is pictured in bloom on the day that the first flower of this plant’s second flower spike opened. Pictured in bloom on the 6th April 2018.

Some of my plants are rare, some of my plants can also be challenging to grow.  I determined that as I was growing some rare plants that I should register these plants with Plant Heritage and create a National Collection.  Plant Heritage is a charitable organisation, which was set up to protect plants, with the aim of maintaining a diverse range of all types of plants from trees, grasses, shrubs, bulbs, medicinal plants, edible plants, herbs, climbers, and every type of plant.  National Plant Collections protect and conserve the unique gene pool of cultivated plants.  You can support Plant Heritage by becoming a member, or you may wish to donate funds to support Plant Heritage.  Plant Heritage members enjoy many benefits, they can attend a variety of horticultural talks, events, and workshops, and have many opportunities to visit gardens and specialist nurseries.

Phalaenopsis parishii, pictured in flower, on the 28th March 2018, inside my Orchidarium.

Phalaenopsis parishii, pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018,

Phalaenopsis wilsonii in flower on the 11th January 2018.

Through writing about my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis, I hope to reveal to my readers a tiny insight into just a few of the interesting plants on our planet, highlighting the danger that these plants face, with the hope that my readers will continue to open their hearts and minds to our natural world and respect our planet’s beauty and fragility.  I have such a passion and an intense desire to protect our natural world.  I hope to encourage more people to use peat free compost and to be kinder to our planet and to each other.

Phalaenopsis thailandica, pictured on the 16th April 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

In years gone by I hoped to create a National Collection of snowdrops, British wild flowers, or another plant that would have required me to have a greater amount of garden space, however even with the small space I have available to me, I hope I can still achieve some good.

This is the certificate for my National Collection of miniature Phalaenopsis species.

Here are a few of the Phalaenopsis species from my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis species. On the left hand side is Phalaenopsis parishii, next is Phalaenopsis lobbii, which is next to another Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen, which is next to Phalaenopsis wilsonii. The plant above with its flowers hanging down is Phalaenopsis honghenensis.

You can see the full list of miniature Phalaenopsis species that I hold in my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis Species below.  Click on a plant to find more information about that particular Phalaenopsis sp., where you’ll also find links to each article I have written about that particular orchid species.  The growth and development of individual plants can be followed through my regular terrarium trial updates:

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Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Pahang, in Malaysia. Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a mini, miniature orchid species, that has a reputation for being rather difficult to grow.  If you’re growing Phalaenopsis appendiculata, take care to mist your plant’s roots regularly, provide…

Phalaenopsis braceana is a miniature, epiphytic, deciduous orchid species, which originates from a number of places, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas, where these miniature orchids can be found growing atop trees, on the edges of forests. The inflorescences of Phalaenopsis braceana display variable colourations. Phalaenopsis…

Phalaenopsis celebensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in the Sulawesi Island, in Indonesia.  Phalaenopsis celebensis plants produce attractive silver and dark green, mottled, variegated leaves. Phalaenopsis celebensis flourishes in warm, shaded conditions, where plants receive low level, indirect, filtered, diffused…

Phalaenopsis chibae is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Vietnam.  I’d describe Phalaenopsis chibae as a miniature to small sized orchid species. Phalaenopsis chibae displays dark, reddish-purple coloured leaves, which have an attractive glossy sheen.  This miniature orchid produces long racemes that feature ten…

Phalaenopsis cochlearis is both an epiphytic and lithophytic orchid species that originates from Malaysia and Borneo, where this small sized orchid grows on limestone rocks and upon trees in forests.  This orchid’s common name is the ‘spoon like Phalaenopsis’ – referring to this orchid species…

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, and other regions, where this small sized orchid can be found growing upon rocks, trees, or other plants, in various environments, from areas of forest…

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’ is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, and other regions, where this small sized orchid can be found growing upon rocks, trees, or other plants, in various environments, from areas of forest near…

Phalaenopsis deliciosa is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from many places, including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, where this miniature orchid can be found growing in areas of humid forest, upon trees that are growing near…

Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis deliciosa. Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from many places including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where this miniature orchid can be found growing on trees in…

Phalaenopsis equestris is a small to medium sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Taiwan and the Philippines. Phalaenopsis equestris thrives when the plant is grown in warm temperatures, in a humid environment, under bright, filtered light. Phalaenopsis equestris is too large a plant for many terrariums, however…

Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ is a small to medium sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from the Municipality of Aparri, in the Philippines. Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ thrives when the plant is grown in warm temperatures, in a humid environment, under bright, but filtered light. Phalaenopsis equestris…

Phalaenopsis fasciata is a species of epiphytic orchid, which originates from the Philippines, where this small sized orchid species can be found growing on trees, alongside rivers. Phalaenopsis fasciata is a small sized orchid, which may be too large for your terrarium.  This orchid species…

Phalaenopsis finleyi is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing naturally in Burma, Thailand, and Myanmar. Phalaenopsis finleyi produces very attractive flowers, which have a somewhat reflexed appearance.  The inflorescences are white, with a predominantly pink colouration, and maroon and yellow markings.…

Phalaenopsis gibbosa is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Vietnam and Laos, where this orchid can be found growing upon trees, in areas of evergreen forest. Phalaenopsis gibbosa enjoys growing in warm to hot conditions, in a very humid environment.  Phalaenopsis gibbosa produces very small,…

Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a miniature, lithophytic orchid species, which originates from Hainan in China, where this orchid can be found growing on rocks.  Phalaenopsis hainanensis is critically endangered in the wild, if you’d like to grow this orchid species yourself, look out for plants grown…

Phalaenopsis honghenensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from China and Thailand, where this orchid species can be found growing on the trunks of mossy, lichen covered trees. The flowers of Phalaenopsis honghenensis can be variable in colour.  The flowers are fragrant,…

Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis is an epiphytic orchid species from Sumatra, where this small to medium sized orchid can be found growing on trees in forest areas.  Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis produces quite striking flowers, the reddish brown markings across the soft yellow coloured petals have a resemblance to…

Phalaenopsis lindenii is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines.  This beautiful orchid is sadly now threatened from over collection as well as from the damaging results of human expansion in the wild areas where this orchid…

Phalaenopsis lobbii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from India, Vietnam, the Himalayas, and Myanmar, where this orchid species can be found growing on trees in evergreen forests. Phalaenopsis lobbii grows readily in a humid environment, in bright, filtered light.  Once Phalaenopsis lobbii reaches flowering…

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia is a form of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which produces rather cute, white and yellow coloured flowers.  This miniature orchid’s pastel yellow coloured blooms are very pretty indeed.  This particular orchid is the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii. Phalaenopsis lobbii f.…

Phalaenopsis lowii is a small to miniature sized, warm to hot growing species of epiphytic orchid, which sometimes grows as a lithophyte on limestone rocks and stone outcrops.  Phalaenopsis lowii originates from Borneo, Myanmar, and Thailand, where this orchid species can be found growing near…

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’ is a small to medium sized epiphytic orchid species which originates from the Philippines.  Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana is the name of this orchid’s species, the ‘Woodlawn’ part of this plant’s name refers to the fact that this particular plant is a clone of a…

Phalaenopsis malipoensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from China and Vietnam, where this orchid can be found growing upon the branches of trees, in woodland glades.  Phalaenopsis malipoensis enjoys bright, filtered, indirect light, and very humid growing conditions.  This orchid species enjoys intermediate to warm…

Phalaenopsis micholitzii is an epiphytic, miniature to small sized orchid species, which is endemic to the Philippines, where this orchid grows upon trees found in riverside locations.  In the plant’s natural environment, Phalaenopsis micholitzii enjoys warm to hot conditions and high humidity. Sadly, Phalaenopsis micholitzii is…

Phalaenopsis pallens is an epiphytic orchid species that hails from the Philippines, where it grows upon trees in forested areas. The name of this orchid: ‘Phalaenopsis pallens’ means the ‘pale Phalaenopsis’, which refers to this orchid’s yellow flowers.  There is quite large degree of variation…

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Other articles that may interest you……………….

I also hold a National Plant Collection of miniature Aerangis and Angraecum species, if you’re wondering what a National Plant Collection is and why plant collections are important, here’s some information.

Click here to see all of the articles I have written about the plants in my National Plant Collections.

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

To read about Phalaenopsis honghenensis, please click here.

To see a planting list of orchids, ferns and other plants that thrive when grown inside terrariums, bottle gardens and vivariums, please click here.

I have a large number of Phalaenopsis plants growing inside my Orchidarium, to read about how my Orchidarium was built, please click here.

To read about the new features of the 2017 BiOrbAir Terrarium, please click here.

To read about Jackie Currie’s National Collection of Alliums, please click here.

To read about Jonathan Hogarth’s National Collection of Hostas, please click here.

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One thought on “My National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis

  1. Laura

    October 8, 2018 at 12:53pm

    Hi Beth, thanks so much for your information filled articles. I too have a passion for the environment, gardening, miniature orchids & all things terrarium & paludarium. Unfortunately I really haven’t mastered growing miniature orchids in my paludarium. I live in a climate similar to yours it gets down to approx -5 celcius in winter & a bit warmer than your part of the world with up to 45 cel in summer so I focus on the warm loving species. I use a timer based automated watering system as I’m a working mum so I need a system I don’t have to focus on durig the week & can attend to on weekends. I note you use a hygrometer based system to optimally control humidity & I wonder if this might be where I’m going wrong – humidity is dropping too low between mistings. Could you make any particular recommendations in setting up an automated watering system for warm loving miniature orchids?

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      Pumpkin Beth

      October 9, 2018 at 7:32pm

      Dear Laura

      Thanks for your message. I am glad that you’ve enjoyed reading my articles. What set up do you have? If you let me know I’ll give you some advice.

      Best wishes
      Beth

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