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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.