Would you like to see my Aerangis hyaloides plants that are flowering today? Have a look at these adorable miniature orchids……

Aerangis hyaloides: an exquisite miniature orchid species

I’ve been caring for these miniature orchids for quite a few years now, so the chances are you’ll have seen both of these Aerangis hyaloides plants before, as they’re plants from the National Collection of Miniature Aerangis and Angraecum Species.  My plants are blooming now, so in this update I hope you’ll enjoy seeing these miniature orchids in flower.

This is the second time that this Aerangis hyaloides plant has flowered. Pictured on 14th February 2024.

This dainty and adorable little darling is an Aerangis hyaloides orchid that I purchased as a teeny, tiny seedling in a flask.  This is the second year that this particular plant has flowered.  It’s such an endearingly sweet little orchid, just looking at this plant fills my heart with joy.  I’ve chosen to grow this orchid mounted on a piece of cork bark.

Aerangis hyaloides flowers in wintertime.  In the terrariums and enclosures I set up at my old house, I found that my Aerangis hyaloides plants flowered reliably in December and January every year, and often I would be lucky enough to enjoy a bonus flowering in springtime.

Since I moved home, all my Aerangis hyaloides plants have started blooming in unison in February.  My Aerangis hyaloides plants are in flower now and they bloomed at this time last year; however, my Aerangis hyaloides plants didn’t bloom last spring.  I’ll let you know if these plants flower again in spring or summer this year, but my instinct is they won’t flower again until next winter.

Here’s a closer look at one of my Aerangis hyaloides plant’s flower buds; this one is just about to open. I admire this orchid species’ elegance. Aerangis hyaloides is a magnificent orchid species that displays an exquisite charm in every stage of the plant’s growth. Pictured on 14th February 2024.

Aerangis hyaloides is an epiphytic orchid: a plant that grows upon another plant.  This orchid doesn’t steal any nutrients from the host plant it grows on.  Aerangis hyaloides won’t harm or weaken its host, Aerangis hyaloides simply uses its host to raise it up off the ground, which allows the orchid to grow in more favourable conditions with the blessing of increased air circulation, protection from direct sunlight, and greatly improved growing conditions.

Aerangis hyaloides is endemic to Eastern Madagascar, where this miniature, epiphytic orchid species can be found growing on the branches of trees in moist and shady, evergreen forests.

Aerangis hyaloides is one of my favourite orchid species. I admire every aspect of this miniature epiphyte’s growth and character. Pictured on 14th February 2024.

I’ve tried to replicate these conditions by growing this Aerangis hyaloides plant mounted on a piece of cork bark inside my Tall Orchidarium, where my orchids benefit from being automatically misted by fine sprays of rainwater.  This Aerangis hyaloides plant is positioned at around the half-way point inside my Tall Orchidarium; it’s difficult to spot this Aerangis inside the enclosure, due to the plant’s diminutive size.  I have grown this miniature, epiphytic orchid species inside many of my terrariums and enclosures.

My Tall Orchidarium doesn’t have any heating.  There’s no heating element at all in this terrarium: the temperature of the plants inside this enclosure is purely controlled by my central heating – by my radiators that control the temperature of the room.

Aerangis hyaloides flowers have such an exquisite beauty and elegance. Is there are more beautiful flower?

I use Orchid Focus fertilisers (from Growth Technology Products) for all my orchids; I’ve been using Orchid Focus Grow and Orchid Focus Bloom for many years and I would absolutely recommend these products.  Whilst my orchids are actively growing, I will fertilise my plants once a week, for three weeks in a row; then on the fourth week I will only give my plants plain rainwater, without adding any fertiliser.  The next week, I will start the four week cycle again (and repeat).  I dilute my orchids’ fertiliser with rainwater.  If you aren’t able to collect rainwater, you could use reverse osmosis water or deionised water.

I have been using Orchid Focus Grow and Orchid Focus Bloom for many years.

I water my Aerangis hyaloides plants (and all my orchids and all of my houseplants) with rainwater.  I use water butts to collect rainwater from my roof and then decant the rainwater into large bottles that are brought indoors and left for at least a couple of days to allow the water to warm up and reach room temperature.

Here’s a closer look at Aerangis hyaloides flowers. In case you’re wondering, I’ve grown a great many Aerangis hyaloides plants and I’ve never been able to detect even a hint of fragrance from one of this orchid species’ flowers. Pictured on 14th February 2024.

Several of my houseplants are showing signs of being affected by thrips; as a result, last weekend (with a lot of assistance) I managed to treat all of my houseplants to a spray of SB Plant Invigorator.  It’s a good idea to regularly spray indoor plants with SB Plant Invigorator, as it helps to control thrips, aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs – any of the houseplant and orchid pests we’re likely to encounter.  This weekend, I am going to SB all or my orchids.  After I’ve finished spraying my orchids, I’ll also spray as many of my houseplants as possible with SB.

SB Plant Invigorator is classed as an organic control.  It’s not persistent or lasting; this is a biodegradable treatment that has an immediate, physical action.  When diluted with water (I use rainwater) and sprayed onto a plant, the SB solution will cover and in doing so, suffocate the thrips, aphids, or any other spider mites or pests that are on the sprayed foliage.  To be effective, you must follow the instructions on the pack for the correct dilution ratio, as this varies on different SB Plant Invigorator bottles – some bottles contain a far more concentrated solution than others.  It’s vital that you spray your plants evenly, as you’ll only kill the thrips that are engulfed by the solution.  Each houseplant should be sprayed upside down, in order to reach the pests on the undersides of the leaves and sheltering in any crevices, as pests are often hidden in these areas and evade contact with the solution.

Please do take care when you’re spraying SB Plant Invigorator, as many orchids, including these Aerangis hyaloides plants, all Phalaenopsis plants, and other orchids do not want to have water or SB sprayed into the crown of the plant (the area where the new leaves emerge from), as this can encourage crown rot, which can be fatal.

I don’t usually allow too much moss to grow around my Aerangis hyaloides plants. I am quite happy with this moss’s growth at the moment, but I might be tempted to remove the strand that’s growing over the left-hand-side of this picture – the stem of moss that’s growing over the crown of the orchid – the stem where there’s a new orchid leaf emerging. I would leave the other moss alone.

I only ever use SB Plant Invigorator indoors on my orchids and houseplants.  I’ve never used SB Plant Invigorator in my garden and I have no wish to use any spray to kill insects in my garden, as insects that gardeners think of as pests are actually a vital food source for ladybirds, birds, hedgehogs, beetles, dragonflies, frogs, and other predators.

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One thought on “Would you like to see my Aerangis hyaloides plants that are flowering today? Have a look at these adorable miniature orchids……

  1. Maureen

    February 17, 2024 at 2:35pm

    Very beautiful flowers and they looks so white, looks more micro than miniature, so tiny.

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      Pumpkin Beth

      February 17, 2024 at 2:53pm

      Hello Maureen

      Thank you. Yes, they are micro mini orchids with snow-white flowers. I love these plants so much. It’s really special to be able to share them with you and hear your thoughts.

      I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

      Best wishes
      Beth

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