I’ve grown this miniature orchid for 8 years: now my Angraecum equitans orchid is finally producing its first flower spike!

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….

Here’s my Angraecum equitans plant as pictured on the 30th August 2015.

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.

Here’s Angraecum equitans pictured with a thumb nail for scale – to accurately show the diminutive size of this miniature orchid. This orchid was pictured on the 15th July 2018 – I had been growing this orchid for three years at this point.

When I purchased this Angraecum equitans plant in 2015, I grew it inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.  Here’s a picture of Angraecum equitans growing inside this terrarium.

My Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir on 26th August 2015. My Angraecum equitans plant is mounted on the cork just above the moss – as seen in the middle of this picture.

By December 2017, I had moved my Angraecum equitans plant to my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium; here’s a picture of this BiOrbAir.

My Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium as pictured on the 1st January 2018. Inside this terrarium, Aerangis citrata and Aerangis hyaloides are flowering.

Then, in November 2019, I moved this Angraecum equitans plant from my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium into my Tall Orchidarium.

My Tall Orchidarium, as pictured on the 27th December 2020.

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.

Here’s my Angraecum equitans specimen, as pictured on the 16th October 2020.

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.

Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 8th March 2021.

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.

Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 3rd November 2021.

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.

Angraecum equitans, as pictured on the 3rd November 2021.

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.

I bought this Angraecum equitans plant back in August 2015 (over 8 years ago). This is the first time this plant has produced a flower bud, so it’s very exciting! Pictured on the 23rd December 2023.

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!

Here’s a closer look at this Angraecum equitans specimen’s flower bud. Pictured on the 23rd December 2023.

I just absolutely adore this miniature orchid.  This plant is one of the orchids from the National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species.

Here’s the same Angraecum equitans specimen, viewed from the other side. I mounted this miniature orchid on a piece of cork back in August 2015, as I prefer to grow this species mounted. This piece of cork has some nice moss growing on it but the plant is not covered in moss – on the other side of the plant there is no moss at all. Pictured on the 12th January 2024.

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.

Here’s a closer look at my Angraecum equitans’ developing flower bud. Orchid flower bud often look like this; on close inspection, the tip of the bud resembles a mitten or the top of a heart. I took this picture on the 12th January 2024.

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.

I adore this Angraecum equitans plant. This is one of my favourite plants from my collection. Pictured on the 12th January 2024.

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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One thought on “I’ve grown this miniature orchid for 8 years: now my Angraecum equitans orchid is finally producing its first flower spike!

  1. Emma

    January 14, 2024 at 11:05am

    CONGRATULATIONS !
    What beautiful, breathtaking pictures !!
    I don’t know much about orchids, but reading your words, I understood the journey you’ve had with this plant, and why you must be over the moon with the discovery of the first flower spike 🙂
    I am looking forward to seeing new pictures of the flower spike development !
    Have a nice weekend, your blog is always a joy to read.
    Emma from Germany

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      Pumpkin Beth

      January 14, 2024 at 1:15pm

      Hello Emma

      It’s so good to hear from you.

      I do worry that I’ve cursed the poor little plant now and the bud will drop off or abort; I’ve got my fingers crossed for successful blooming this year.

      Wishing you a very happy new year and happy growing, too!

      Best wishes
      Beth

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