An update on the Aerangis, Amesiella, and Angraecum orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)

Rainforest Terrarium Update: Aerangis and Angraecum (part two)

Since I shared my last Rainforest Terrarium update with you, I’ve been busy conducting a huge rearrangement of many of my terrariums and terrarium plants.  Some of the orchids that previously resided inside my Rainforest Terrarium have now been introduced to other enclosures, including my new Tall Orchidarium.

As you’ll see in this update, I’ve changed the appearance of my Rainforest Terrarium, by placing huge slabs of cork around the sides of this enclosure.  My Rainforest Terrarium orchids are mostly mounted onto individual pieces of cork, which I’ve then hooked onto the slabs of cork that now surround the back and sides of this terrarium.  The majority of my plants are hanging from the cork but there are also a few plants hanging from rubber suction cups stuck to the sides of the glass, as well as plants growing at the base of this terrarium.

My Rainforest Terrarium, as pictured on the 3rd February 2020.

Rainforest Terrarium growing conditions

Usually I publish my update on the equipment and growing conditions inside this terrarium first.  However, I’ve changed my publishing order, as I’ve experienced some problems with my equipment recently, which has resulted in the conditions inside this enclosure being wetter than I would have liked.  This has suited one of my Angraecum equitans specimens, the Aerangis fastuosa plants, the Masdevallia rechingeriana specimen, and any other plants that thrive in continually wet conditions, but it is not the growing conditions I planned for this enclosure and will not benefit the majority of these plants, long term.  I’ll publish an update with more information about the equipment in my Rainforest Terrarium, in due course.

Why I set up this Rainforest Terrarium

In March 2018, I commissioned Rich, from Rainforestvivs (now The Rich Rainforest), to build this fabulous, custom built Rainforest Terrarium for me.  I designed my Rainforest Terrarium to fulfil my requirements: I needed to provide an enclosure that would house as large a number of orchids as possible from my National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species and my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis Species, within the limited space I had available.  I wanted to provide the plants growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium with automatic plant care and I also needed this custom built terrarium to be flexible enough to accommodate my future growing needs and allow for any potential changes in the equipment I use in the future.

Rainforest Terrarium updates

If you’re interested, you can read all about the thinking behind my design for this Rainforest Terrarium, in my step-by-step guide to the set up of this Rainforest Terrarium.

My Rainforest Terrarium was delivered to me in April 2018.  My updates on the plants and equipment inside this Rainforest Terrarium are extensive and feature lots of details and photographs.  Consequently, I have divided my updates up, so as to make each part more manageable.

If you’re interested in my Rainforest Terrarium, you’ll find all of my Rainforest Terrarium articles, if you click this link – here.

While this article – the one that you’re reading now – covers my Aerangis and Angraecum orchids, from March 2019 to March 2020.

My Rainforest Terrarium, as pictured on the 3rd May 2019. Inside this terrarium, Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’, Aerangis hariotiana, Phalaenopsis lobbii are in flower.

Directions for using this update:

Naturally, you can read this article as a whole if you wish to, but if you’re looking for information about a particular orchid species you might want to adopt a different tact.  At the top of this update, there’s a list of contents written in red text.  I’ve included this feature, to make it easier for you to find information about a particular plant – simply click on one of the headings, to whizz directly to a particular section of this article.

To save time scrolling back up to the top of the page, simply click on the arrow: you’ll find it on the right hand side of the page – if you click on this arrow, to be directed back to the beginning of this update – at the top of the page.

My Rainforest Terrarium, as pictured on the 3rd May 2019. Inside this terrarium, Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’, Aerangis hariotiana, Phalaenopsis lobbii are in flower.

Rainforest Terrarium Planting List:

As of March 2020, the following plants are currently growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium:

  • Aerangis biloba
  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis equitans
  • Aerangis fastuosa
  • Aerangis fuscata
  • Aerangis hariotiana
  • Aerangis kirkii
  • Aerangis luteoalba var rhodosticta
  • Aerangis modesta
  • Aerangis mystacidii
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Aerangis spiculata
  • Amesiella minor
  • Amesiella monticola
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum bancoense
  • Angraecum compactum
  • Angraecum didieri
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Angraecum elephantinum
  • Angraecum equitans
  • Angraecum pyriforme
  • Angraecum rutenbergianum
  • Masdevallia rechingeriana
  • Paphiopedilum fairrieanum
  • Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum
  • Phalaenopsis celebensis
  • Phalaenopsis chibae
  • Phalaenopsis cochlearis
  • Phalaenopsis finleyi
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis honghenensis
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia
  • Phalaenopsis lowii
  • Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis micholitzii
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Phalaenopsis parishii alba
  • Phalaenopsis pulcherrima
  • Phalaenopsis pulchra
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis taenialis

You can discover more details and see photographs of all of the plants that are growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium in my Rainforest Terrarium Planting List.  This list has information about all of the plants that are currently growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium; it also includes details of any plants that have been grown inside my Rainforest Terrarium in the past.  Rest assured, that any plants I introduce to my Rainforest Terrarium in future will also be added to this list.  I’ve listed all of the nurseries and suppliers where I have purchased my plants, cork, and moss, etc at the bottom of this planting list.

Fertiliser

On the 15th September 2018, I changed the fertiliser that I used for my orchids.  I was happy with the fertiliser that I was using before September 2018 (Orchid Focus Grow and Orchid Focus Bloom), but I was keen to try Akerne Orchids Rain Mix, as I wanted to find out more about this product.

In March 2019, I decided to switch back to using Orchid Focus Grow for my orchids that are actively growing and Orchid Focus Bloom for my orchids that are in bud or in flower.  I’ve been using Orchid Focus as fertiliser since March 2019 – I’m very happy with this fertiliser.

Rainforest Terrarium Insects and Pests

Ants

Last autumn, I purchased some large sheets of cork, which came complete with a colony of Crematogaster scutellaris ants.  I’m still finding these ants, but I have ant traps set up – to contain any ants that remain.  I’ve written an article about the ants, with information on what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation and I’ve also included lots of tips for using cork, here’s a link.

Millipedes

Goodness knows how many millipedes are now residing inside my Rainforest Terrarium!  I feel certain that very young millepedes were inside the mosses I bought for this enclosure.  Certainly I’ve been aware of millipedes inside this terrarium for what feels like a long period of time.  The sight of millipedes mating is a common one, so the millipede numbers are undoubtedly on the rise!

Naturally, there are countless millipede droppings being deposited in and around the orchids that are growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium, which isn’t a nice thought!  The droppings also change the growing conditions for the orchids inside this enclosure, as the plants’ roots naturally become smeared with millipede poo.  I can see that a number of my orchids are less than pleased to have this soil like substance around their roots.  Millipedes can be frustrating!

I spotted these millipedes on my Aerangis fastuosa plant’s cork mount, as pictured on the 28th January 2020.

Snails

As well as millipedes, there are vast numbers of tiny snails residing in this Rainforest Terrarium.  I use slices of cucumber to attract and then remove snails from my terrariums.  Although, I must say that I have not been as pro-active with my cucumber slices as usual lately, and so the number of snails inside my Rainforest Terrarium has risen accordingly.

Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.

If you struggle with snails or slugs inside your terrarium, I can certainly recommend my cucumber method, it’s very effective and allows you to find and collect mollusks much more easily.

Spider mites

In April 2019, I realised that there were an increasing number of spider mites on the orchids and plants inside my Orchidarium.  To remedy this, I purchased some biological controls from Defenders.  Although I’ve not seen any real evidence of spider mites inside this Rainforest Terrarium, I decided it would be good practice to treat both terrariums at the same time.  I purchased Phytoseiulus, a mite – a natural, spider mite predator.

My small parcel of biological controls from Defenders, arrived via Royal Mail, on 9th May 2019.  I added the Phytoseiulus persimilis mites to my Rainforest Terrarium and my Orchidarium, the same day they arrived in the post.  If you’re looking for more information about how to control spider mites, please click here.

Orchid Updates

My Rainforest Terrarium, as pictured on the 3rd February 2020.

It’s so nice to be able to show you my plants, here’s a look at the orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium…………….

Aerangis biloba

Aerangis biloba, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.

This Aerangis biloba specimen has a slight war wound to one of its leaves – I’m pretty sure this was caused by me dropping this plant, or dropping another plant onto it!  Either way, it’s not a significant problem.

I find that Aerangis biloba goes through distinct growing and resting phases.  When the plants are resting, they don’t want to receive as much water and they don’t need any fertiliser.  A light mist of water, early in the morning, is sufficient while the plant is at rest.  I hope that this Aerangis biloba plant will grow happily inside this enclosure.  This is a young plant that has yet to flower.

Aerangis calantha

Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.

At one time, my Aerangis calantha plants were thriving inside my Rainforest Terrarium; these plants flourished from March 2018 until around October 2019.  What changed?  These orchids favour shaded growing conditions, so to create a shield between the lights above and my Aerangis calantha plants below, I positioned my plants at the bottom of the tank, underneath many other orchids.  Everything was going well and my Aerangis calantha plants seemed gloriously happy and healthy as they bathed in the shade with optimum moisture levels.

Unbeknown to me, at some point, the plants above moved a little, which resulted in the higher level plants above preventing sufficient moisture from reaching these Aerangis calantha plants below.  I wasn’t paying close enough attention, so I missed Aerangis calantha showing early distress signals.  Due to their shaded position within the tank, unless you make a particular point of examining Aerangis calantha, these plants don’t stand out when you view the Rainforest Terrarium.  The light wasn’t shining on Aerangis calantha, so the plant’s poor condition didn’t stand out to me.  I feel desperately sorry about this.  I wish I had a time machine to whizz back in time and make a couple of tiny adjustments to the plants in this tank, which would undoubtedly have saved this lovely orchid.

Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.

Now that I am aware of the problem, I have adjusted the position of my plants to ensure these Aerangis calantha plants receive sufficient water.  It is possible that the Aerangis calantha plants will now receive brighter growing conditions than they would prefer, but plants can be surprising, and it maybe that these Aerangis calantha plants will flourish with a greater quality of light.

Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.

Since I became aware of the problem, I’ve been misting my Aerangis calantha plants and checking them regularly.  Things were slowly improving, as you can see in my photographs.

Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 25th February 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 25th February 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.

On the 20th March 2020, I was all set to get started taking some pictures of this Aerangis calantha specimen.  As one of the clumsiest people in the world; I’m often knocking into my plants.  So it might not surprise you to know that as I was getting ready to take these photographs, I accidentally dropped this piece of cork and in doing so I detached the plants from their decaying roots.

Will this matter?  Probably not.  Before this happened, I had been tempted to remove all the old roots and remount the plants in a similar manner.  I hope these two Aerangis calantha cuttings will root over the next few weeks; I’m giving their leaves an extra misting by hand.

Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Aerangis calantha, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Aerangis fastuosa

Aerangis fastuosa, pictured in bud, inside my Rainforest Terrarium, on the 3rd May 2019.

There are two Aerangis fastuosa plants growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium.  One of these plants flowered in May 2019, which was really rather wonderful.  I love the fantastic scent that this orchid species flowers’ pump out; it’s intoxicating!

Aerangis fastuosa flowering

Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured in bud, on the 4th May 2019.
A closer look at this Aerangis fastuosa specimen, as pictured in bud, on the 4th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 27th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 27th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 27th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 27th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 27th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 30th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 30th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 30th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 30th May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 31st May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 31st May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 31st May 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 4th June 2019.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 28th January 2020.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 28th January 2020.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 28th January 2020.
I spotted these millipedes on my Aerangis fastuosa plant’s cork mount, as pictured on the 28th January 2020.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.
This beginnings of a lovely new Aerangis fastuosa leaf, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.
Aerangis fastuosa, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

Aerangis fuscata

Aerangis fuscata specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

This Aerangis fuscata specimen has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium since April 2018.  So as I write to you today, this plant has been growing inside this enclosure for the past two years.

A closer look at this Aerangis fuscata specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

This plant hasn’t changed very dramatically over the past two years.  It has been lovely to see this Aerangis fuscata producing new leaves and new roots, but it hasn’t changed that much.  My plant is a young specimen that has yet to bloom.

Aerangis fuscata specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Aerangis hariotiana 

Aerangis hariotiana, pictured in flower, inside my Rainforest Terrarium, on the 3rd May 2019.

These Aerangis hariotiana plants thrived inside my Rainforest Terrarium.  The plants bloomed well and grew wonderfully inside this enclosure.  As part of my re-arrangement of my plants and terrariums, I moved these two Aerangis hariotiana plants from this Rainforest Terrarium into my new terrarium, when I first set up my Tall Orchidarium, in November 2019.

The pictures below show these Aerangis hariotiana plants, whilst they were still growing inside this Rainforest Terrarium.  In future, you’ll be able to follow these plants’ progress in my upcoming Tall Orchidarium updates.

Aerangis hariotiana flowering

Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured in flower, on the 4th May 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured in bud, on the 4th May 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured in flower, on the 4th May 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured in flower, on the 4th May 2019.
A closer look at this Aerangis hariotiana specimen’s flowers, as pictured on the 30th May 2019
A closer look at this Aerangis hariotiana specimen’s flowers, as pictured on the 30th May 2019
A closer look at this Aerangis hariotiana specimen’s flowers, as pictured on the 30th May 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.
A closer look at Aerangis hariotiana’s flowers, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.
A closer look at Aerangis hariotiana’s flowers, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.
Aerangis hariotiana, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.
A closer look at Aerangis hariotiana’s flowers, as pictured on the 17th June 2019.

In November 2019, I moved my Aerangis hariotiana plants into my new Tall Orchidarium.

Aerangis kirkii

Aerangis kirkii, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Whilst I was rearranging my plants and terrariums, I moved this Aerangis kirkii specimen from another of my terrariums into this Rainforest Terrarium.  This Aerangis kirkii specimen is growing nicely, so far.

Aerangis kirkii, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A better view of this Aerangis kirkii specimen’s pleasing new growth, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 19th September 2019.

My Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen was first introduced to this Rainforest terrarium in April 2018.  So, as I write to you today, this plant has been growing inside this enclosure for two years.

It’s lovely to be able to share my photographs with you, as since my last update, this Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen has bloomed for the second time.  I’ve added my photographs of this plant in bud and in bloom, below….

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta flowering

Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 19th September 2019.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 19th September 2019.
A closer look at this Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen’s flower buds, as pictured on the 19th September 2019.
My Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen in flower, as pictured on the 2nd October 2019.
My Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta specimen in flower, as pictured on the 2nd October 2019.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 13th October 2019.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 13th October 2019.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 13th October 2019.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta, as pictured on the 22nd October 2019.
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosicta, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

Aerangis modesta

Aerangis modesta, as pictured on the 18th January 2020.

This Aerangis modesta specimen was grown inside my Rainforest Terrarium from April 2018 until November 2019.  This plant is the very same Aerangis modesta specimen that I first introduced to my Madagascar BiOrbAir terrarium, back in March 2017.

I’ve now moved this orchid into my Tall Orchidarium.

Aerangis mystacidii

Aerangis mystacidii, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.

This Aerangis mystacidii specimen was first introduced to this Rainforest Terrarium back in April 2018, so as I’m writing to you today – in March 2020 – this plant has been growing inside this enclosure for almost two years.  As you can see, this is a young plant that has yet to flower.

Aerangis mystacidii roots, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.
Aerangis mystacidii roots, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.
Aerangis mystacidii, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Aerangis mystacidii, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at one of this Aerangis mystacidii specimen’s roots, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Aerangis punctata

Aerangis punctata, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

I introduced this Aerangis punctata specimen to my Rainforest Terrarium in April 2018; so currently this plant has been growing inside this enclosure for two years.

A closer look at the other side of this Aerangis punctata specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

This Aerangis punctata specimen last flowered in August 2018.

A closer look at the other side of this Aerangis punctata specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Aerangis spiculata

A look inside my Rainforest Terrarium, as pictured on the 3rd February 2020. This central orchid with the long trailing root is Aerangis spiculata.

This Aerangis spiculata specimen has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium for the past two years.  This plant has yet to bloom.

Aerangis spiculata, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

Amesiella minor

Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.

This Amesiella minor specimen was first introduced to this Rainforest Terrarium in April 2018; so at the time of writing, this orchid has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium for almost two years.

I was very excited when I saw that this plant was producing a new flower spike!

Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.
Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.
Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Amesiella minor, pictured in bud, on the 5th December 2019.

Sadly the excitement didn’t last; this Amesiella minor specimen aborted its flower bud, so the plant didn’t flower this time around.  If you’re interested to see this orchid species in bloom, here’s a link to show this same plant in flower, in my Rainforest Terrarium, last year.

You can also see Amesiella minor in flower in this update from my White Orchid Trial.

Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.
Amesiella minor, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

Amesiella monticola

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.

This Amesiella monticola specimen has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium for almost two years.  This Amesiella flowered for the first time in November 2019; I’ve taken some photographs of this Amesiella monticola plant in bud and in flower that you can see below.

But that’s not all.  I’ve got more exciting news to share with you; as this Amesiella monticola specimen is currently producing flower buds for what will be the plant’s second flowering!

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower spike, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower spike, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing bud, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.

Amesiella monticola flowering

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Crematogaster scutellaris pictured on the Amesiella monticola flowers, inside my Rainforest Terrarium, on the 20th November 2019.

I was setting up my new Tall Orchidarium in November 2019, when I found an unusual looking ant on the new cork.  Unfortunately, the ant turned out to be Crematogaster scutellaris, a non native species of ant from the Mediterranean and wider areas (you can read more about this ant via this link, here).

As you can see, some of the ants have found their way into my other terrariums to feed on the sugary nectar from my orchid flowers; this ant was pictured on my Amesiella monticola specimens’ flower.

Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 20th November 2019.

I took these photographs of my Amesiella monticola specimen on the day that this plant’s first flower opened.  I was excited to discover whether this orchid would produce fragrant flowers, but I couldn’t detect any scent on the day this bloom opened.

Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 20th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 20th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 20th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 21st November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 21st November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 21st November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 21st November 2019.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to detect any perfume from this Amesiella monticola specimen’s flower at any time during the plant’s first blooming.  I’ll be sure to check this plant’s flowers for scent when it’s next in flower.

Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 21st November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 29th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 29th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 29th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 29th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 29th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in flower, as pictured on the 29th November 2019.
Amesiella monticola in bloom, as pictured on the 2nd December 2019.
Amesiella monticola in bloom, as pictured on the 5th December 2019.
Amesiella monticola in bloom, as pictured on the 5th December 2019.

Amesiella monticola in bud

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.

It won’t be long before this Amesiella monticola specimen is in bloom again; as this plant is currently in the process of developing new flower buds.

Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 14th February 2020.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 8th March 2020.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower buds, as pictured on the 8th March 2020.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower buds, as pictured on the 8th March 2020.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower buds, as pictured on the 8th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 8th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 8th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, pictured in bud on the 20th March 2020.
Amesiella monticola, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower buds, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Amesiella monticola specimen’s developing flower buds, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Angraecum aloifolium

Angraecum aloifolium, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.

I took these photographs of the Angraecum aloifolium plants that were growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium in November 2019, just before I moved these plants to my new Tall Orchidarium.  You’ll be able to follow these plants in the upcoming updates, which I’m in the process of collating for my Tall Orchidarium.

Angraecum aloifolium, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Angraecum aloifolium, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.

Angraecum bancoense

Angraecum bancoense, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

This Angraecum bancoense plant was created from a cutting that I took a year ago.  I have been growing Angraecum bancoense inside my Rainforest Terrarium, since this enclosure was first set up, two years ago.

I adore these orchids and their fascinating growth patterns; they’re mesmerising!  This super orchid has been growing happily over the past year; it’s so nice to see new leaves being produced.

Angraecum compactum

Angraecum compactum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

This Angraecum compactum specimen is a division.  I hope it will grow away happily; I have my fingers crossed!

Angraecum didieri

Angraecum didieri, as pictured on the 27th March 2020.

In September 2018, I introduced this Angraecum didieri plant to my Rainforest Terrarium.  This particular specimen has had a tough life so far; I hope this plant will have a happy future!

Angraecum didieri, as pictured on the 27th March 2020.
Angraecum didieri, as pictured on the 27th March 2020.

This is a young Angraecum didieri specimen that is a newer purchase; this plant has been growing inside the Rainforest Terrarium for over a year.

Angraecum didieri, as pictured on the 27th March 2020.

Angraecum distichum

Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.

Angraecum distichum is a delight; I love this orchid species and its fascinating growth!

Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.

This Angraecum distichum specimen has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium for almost a year.  This plant brings me so much joy.  I hope you’ll enjoy seeing my pictures of this orchid, too.

Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.
Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Angraecum distichum specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Angraecum distichum specimen’s leaves, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

However, here’s another Angraecum distichum plant that is look decidedly less happy!

Angraecum distichum, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

Angraecum elephantinum

Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.

I’m not 100% sure of the identity of a number of my orchids, including this orchid, which I purchased as Angraecum elephantinum.  Angraecum elephantinum and Angraecum didieri are incredibly similar looking orchid species.  I’ve always instinctively felt that this plant was Angraecum didieri, but of course I could be mistaken.

Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.
A closer look at Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.
A closer look at Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 28th October 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 3rd November 2019.

Angraecum elephantinum flowering

Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 9th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 9th November 2019.
A look underneath this Angraecum elephantinum specimen’s developing flower bud, as pictured on the 9th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th November 2019.
Crematogaster scutellaris, also known as the acrobat ant, pictured on my Angraecum elephantinum flower, on the 11th November 2019.

Here’s another Crematogaster scutellaris ant, if you’re interested, you can read more about my ant colony, via this link here.

Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 11th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 17th November 2019.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 10th February 2020.

Roots can grow so quickly.  Watch this root grow – from the picture above – to the picture below, which I took just 41 days later!

Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Angraecum elephantinum specimen’s lovely new bud, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Angraecum elephantinum specimen’s lovely new bud, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum elephantinum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
A closer look at this Angraecum elephantinum specimen’s roots, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Angraecum equitans

Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

This Angraecum equitans specimen has been growing inside this Rainforest Terrarium since April 2018.

Over the past two years, this Angraecum equitans specimen has grown larger in size.  Since my last update, this plant has produced more leaves and roots; plus you can see that this Angraecum equitans specimen is forming a new crown, on the left hand side.

A closer look at one of this Angraecum equitans specimen’s roots, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

While this plant that I also purchased as Angraecum equitans looks quite different.  I often find that the orchid I ordered is not the one I receive when my order arrives.  But I have an open mind on these plants; every single Angraecum equitans plant I have displays an individual appearance – each one has their own look!

This particular plant certainly isn’t a prize winning specimen, it looks tatty; however this Angraecum equitans plant is looking the best it has in the whole time I’ve known it.  My Rainforest Terrarium has been wetter than usual of late and this has suited this Angraecum perfectly; its leaves are smoother and more hydrated.

Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

Angraecum pyriforme

Angraecum pyriforme, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.

This Angraecum pyriforme plant has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium since April 2018.  So, this plant has been inside this enclosure for the past two years.

Angraecum pyriforme, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.
A closer look a this Angraecum pyriforme specimen’s root, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.

This is a nice root, but this Angraecum isn’t looking in fantastic shape.

Angraecum pyriforme, as pictured on the 20th March 2020.

Angraecum rutenbergianum

Angraecum rutenbergianum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

This Angraecum rutenbergianum plant has been growing inside my Rainforest Terrarium for about a year.  I’ve found that this orchid species thrives in quite wet conditions, so it’s very happy at the moment!

Angraecum rutenbergianum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum rutenbergianum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.
Angraecum rutenbergianum, as pictured on the 22nd March 2020.

Masdevallia rechingeriana

Masdevallia rechingeriana, as pictured on the 26th March 2020.

This Masdevallia rechingeriana plant is a cutting I took from a Masdevallia that is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial Terrarium.  This miniature orchid is thriving inside the Rainforest Terrarium; it’s another orchid species that flourishes in continually wet conditions and so the problems with my equipment has suited it perfectly.

To see how the Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum orchids have developed over the same period – from March 2019 to April 2020, please click here.

Links to More articles

More articles about my Rainforest Terrarium

To discover the thinking behind the design of my Rainforest Terrarium and see this terrarium as it was first set up, please click here.

To see all of the articles about my Rainforest Terrarium, please click here.

To find out about how the equipment inside my Rainforest Terrarium performed over the first eleven months following installation, please click here.

To find out how the Aerangis, Amesiella, and Angraecum orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium grew and developed over the first eleven months after they were introduced to this enclosure, please click here.

To find out how the Paphiopedilum and Phalaenopsis orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium grew and developed over the first eleven months after they were introduced to this enclosure, please click here.

To see the full planting list for my Rainforest Terrarium, please click here.

Terrarium, Vivarium, and Orchidarium Trials

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

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 see a planting list of ferns, orchids, and other plants that are perfectly suited to growing inside terrariums and bottle gardens, 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 how I track the temperature, humidity, and light conditions inside my terrariums, please click here.

Further Trials

You may be interested in some of the other trials I have conducted.

Compost Trial Reports

To see all of my Compost Trials, please click here.

To read advice on planting up containers, please click here.

Scented Daffodil Trial Reports

To see the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Container Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

Slug and Snail Trials

To see the results of my Slug and Snail Trial and discover the best methods of protecting your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.

To read about using nematodes to protect your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.

Sweet Pea Trial Reports

To read the results of my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

Tomato Trial

To read my Trial of New Tomato Varieties in full, please click here.

Vegetable Trials

To see all of my Vegetable Trials, please click here.

Other articles that may interest you…………

For edible gardening articles, please click here.

To read about the Queen of Orchids, the largest orchid in the world, please click here.

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

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One thought on “An update on the Aerangis, Amesiella, and Angraecum orchids inside my Rainforest Terrarium (part two)

  1. Anne

    March 28, 2020 at 4:04pm

    So amazing. Simply beautiful. Wow. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      Pumpkin Beth

      March 28, 2020 at 4:24pm

      Thank you, Anne. I hope this message finds you safe and well. Take care. Best wishes, Beth

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