I feel great affection for all the orchid species and indoor plants I grow, but I have a few individual plants in my collection that hold a very special place in my heart. This is one of my favourite orchids, it’s an Angraecum equitans plant that I bought back in August 2015. The photograph above shows my Angraecum equitans plant this week; let me show you what my plant looked like when it had been in my care for just a few weeks – here’s a picture below….
It’s often difficult to judge the size of something from a picture. To help you more accurately determine the size of this plant, here’s a picture I took of the same Angraecum equitans plant with my husband’s thumb next to the plant, for scale.
I took the photograph you see below back in July 2018 – which is three years after I took the picture you can see above.
By December 2017, I had moved my Angraecum equitans plant to my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium; here’s a picture of this BiOrbAir.
This enclosure is where my Angraecum equitans plant still resides today – although I must say that the conditions inside this tank have changed considerably over the past year, since I moved house. My Tall Orchidarium is now housed in a much lighter, brighter room; this tank receives more sunlight – especially in the afternoon.
There’s a noticeable difference in the colour of this Angraecum equitans plant’s foliage in the picture I took back in 2018 compared to the photos I’ve taken in more recent years, including pictures I’ve taken for you this week. Back in 2018, this Angraecum equitans’ foliage was a considerably darker shade of green than this same plant’s leaves display today. This is due to my plant not receiving such high quality light back in 2018. At this time, I was cultivating this orchid inside a BiOrbAir terrarium which was situated in a fairly shaded room.
Light quality improved for this Angraecum equitans specimen when I introduced this plant into my Tall Orchidarium at the end of 2019. as I incorporated a set of LED grow lights inside this enclosure that provided more intense lighting than my BiOrbAir offered. Although this plant remains inside the very same enclosure today; over the past year my Angraecum equitans plant has enjoyed growing in better quality light, as since I moved house, my Tall Orchidarium is now situated inside a room that receives much brighter sunlight, especially during the second half of the day.
I have retained the same set of LED lights that I used when I first set this Tall Orchidarium up back in November 2019, so the orchids that are growing inside my Tall Orchidarium enjoy light from the LED lighting system I use, as well as natural daylight.
I water all of my orchids inside my Tall Orchidarium using rainwater collected from my roof. I use Orchid Focus Grow and Orchid Focus Bloom to fertilise this Angraecum equitans plant. I use these two products to fertilise all of my orchids.
These pictures are from the present day. We’ve now reached the exciting moment, when I first spotted this Angraecum equitans‘ flower spike developing and took a picture!
I just absolutely adore this miniature orchid. This plant is one of the orchids from the National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species.
The mosses and other terrarium plants that I grow alongside my Angraecum equitans hold onto water droplets to increase the humidity levels immediately around the plant and help to retain moisture levels around the orchid’s roots. Moss and other terrarium plants help to improve the growing conditions for my orchids.
If my Angraecum equitans‘ flower spike successfully flowers, I’ll be sure to show you my pictures and tell you all about the flower’s scent.
Whether the future is good or bad, whatever is install for this plant, I’ll let you know in a future update!
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