Terrarium Plants

This page lists many of the terrarium plants featured throughout my website.

Click on each plant to find articles in which the plant is mentioned.

Click here to see a list of terrarium plants, which also includes the details of the nurseries and suppliers for each plant.

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I love maidenhair ferns, I really wanted to include an Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ specimen, to see how this fern faired inside the BiOrbAir terrarium. You can see more photographs and see how my Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ is growing in the first part of my BiOrbAir review.  This link will take you straight to the trial … Continue Reading →

This Adiantum is a species of miniature fern, which originates from Colombia, where it grows terrestrially, in the soil, and also as an epiphyte, on the branches of trees. This miniature fern grows well in diffused light, in temperatures from 15 – 25C.  This fern is a great choice for a terrarium, as its diminutive size … Continue Reading →

Aerangis biloba is a small, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Africa, where it grows on trees that grow in forests and woodlands. Aerangis biloba enjoys warm temperatures and high humidity.  This small orchid produces up to twenty, fragrant, beautiful white flowers on pendent racemes.

Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where it can be found growing in evergreen forests. Aerangis citrata grows well in a humid environment.  This miniature orchid species produces a pendant, flower stem, which features up to thirty, small, fragrant, white flowers. To go straight to the update when … Continue Reading →

Aerangis fastuosa is found in the eastern and central Madagascar highlands, between 900 and 1750m.  This miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows in a number of different natural habitats, from humid, evergreen forests, to mountain and coastal forests, where it flowers from July to December each year. Aerangis fastuosa produces white flowers, which are very large in comparison … Continue Reading →

Aerangis hariotiana is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Comoros Islands, where it can be found growing on trees in humid forests. Aerangis hariotiana originates from a group of islands which offer warm to hot growing conditions.  This charming orchid favours growing under diffused light, in a humid environment, where … Continue Reading →

The specific epithet of this miniature orchid species’ name is ‘hyaloides’, which originates from the greek word for glass, this references this orchid’s beautiful flowers, which naturally glisten, and sparkle – the blooms can certainly be considered as glass-like, and this delightful miniature orchid’s leaves are naturally glossy too.  Aerangis hyaloides flowers look to me … Continue Reading →

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta is a miniature epiphytic orchid species from Kenya and Africa.  Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta produces attractive white, crystalline, slightly fragrant flowers, which have a bright orange-red column, or centre. Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect light. For more detailed information about the care and preferred … Continue Reading →

Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species grows low down, near ground level, as an epiphyte in mossy forests.  Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many flowered inflorescences. You can see how the first Aerangis macrocentra specimen I bought is growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part … Continue Reading →

Aerangis modesta is a small, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar. This small sized orchid is quite a bit larger than most of the other orchid species that feature inside my terrariums and on this planting list.  You would need a fairly large terrarium to be able to accommodate this orchid.  Aerangis modesta … Continue Reading →

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species can be found growing on trees, in areas of forest near water. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant flowers.  The blooms of Aerangis mystacidii release their fragrance in the evenings. Aerangis … Continue Reading →

Aerangis punctata can be found growing in central highland Madagascar, and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900m and 1500m. Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid species.  Aerangis punctata grows in humid evergreen forests and in highland forest and scrubland, where it can be found growing on both shrubs and trees.  In … Continue Reading →

Aerangis somalensis is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in different areas – in dry areas of woodland, as well as near streams in Africa, namely in Somalia, which is where the second part of this orchid species’ name – the specific epithet derives from, but Aerangis somalensis can also … Continue Reading →

Aerangis spiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which originates from evergreen forests in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. Aerangis spiculata produces large, white, pendant flowers in racemes that feature up to 20 inflorescences, which hang 30 -75cm (12 – 30 inches) below the plant.  

Aerangis verdickii is a miniature epiphytic or lithophytic orchid species, which grows both low down on rocks, and high up in the branches of woodland trees.  As this orchid species can be found growing near the tops of trees in open woodland, in its native environment Aerangis verdickii receives bright light. Aerangis verdickii grows successfully … Continue Reading →

Aeranthes arachnites is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species that originates from Madagascar and the Island of Reunion Aeranthes arachnites enjoys fairly bright, filtered light, warm temperatures, good air circulation, and high humidity.  Aeranthes arachnites produces fragrant flowers, which are borne on long, pendent flowering stems.   To head straight to the trial update that … Continue Reading →

Amesiella minor is miniature, epiphytic orchid species.  Amesiella minor can be found growing in forests, in the mountain regions of the Philippines.  This is a slow growing orchid species, which favours a humid environment. Amesiella minor is a relatively recently discovered miniature orchid, consequently this species is new in cultivation. To head straight to my … Continue Reading →

Amesiella monticola is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the mountains of Luzon in the Philippines.  Amesiella monticola tolerates a range of temperature conditions, from cool to warm; this miniature orchid favours very humid growing conditions. Amesiella monticola produces beautiful, white flowers, which are of a very large size in comparison to … Continue Reading →

Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which produces between one and five, very large flowers.  Amesiella philippinensis’s blooms are borne on racemes from late autumn until early spring each year. Amesiella philippinensis is endemic to the Philippines, where this miniature orchid species can be found growing on trees in moist mountain forests. This miniature … Continue Reading →

Angraecum aloifolium is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar.  Angraecum aloifolium can be found growing on trees, in areas of dry, deciduous forest in the Mahajanga Province, which can be found in the Northwestern region of Madagascar.  Here Angraecum aloifolium grows at around 400m above sea level.  This is a small sized … Continue Reading →

Angraecum bancoense is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid that can be found growing on trees, in very humid rainforests in various parts of Africa.  This pretty miniature orchid species is often seen growing upon deciduous trees growing near ponds or waterfalls, in rainforests or reserves and mountainous forests. Angraecum bancoense is very similar at … Continue Reading →

Angraecum didieri is endemic to Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species can be found growing in humid, evergreen forests.  This epiphytic miniature orchid species grows well when mounted on either cork or cedar bark.  You could also grow Angraecum didieri in a small pot, using a coarse grade potting mix, which contains charcoal, if you prefer. … Continue Reading →

Angraecum distichum is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in rainforests over a range of tropical locations, including Africa. Angraecum distichum favours humid growing conditions.  This lovely miniature orchid species is tolerant of a range of temperatures, from cool to hot.

Angraecum dollii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar. Angraecum dollii enjoys a dry season in its native environment.  It’s wise to be mindful of the plant’s natural growing conditions and to include a dry season in your growing regime, in order to grow this miniature orchid successfully.  Angraecum dollii grows … Continue Reading →

Angraecum elephantinum is a small to miniature sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Eastern Madagascar. Angraecum elephantinum produces very large, white, star-shaped flowers, which release their fragrance during the evenings to attract the species of moth which pollinate their blooms.  The flowers of Angraecum elephantinum are so large, that they are often almost as big as … Continue Reading →

Angraecum equitans can be found in Madagascar, in humid highland forests, this epiphytic orchid species grows in full sun, on the outer branches of trees. Angraecum equitans flowers in spring and summer, its flowers are large, white, and fragrant in the evening. This Angraecum equitans specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how … Continue Reading →

Angraecum ochraceum is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar.  Angraecum ochraceum is a slow growing orchid, which favours bright, diffused light.

Angraecum pyriforme is an epiphytic miniature orchid species that originates from mainland Africa, where it can be found growing in a number of areas, including the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Angraecum pyriforme produces multiple, medium sized, waxy looking, greenish yellow flowers, which have a light, meadow-like fragrance.

Angraecum rutenbergianum is a miniature orchid species that grows both upon trees in humid, densely populated forests, notably growing upon Agauria salicifolia.  Angraecum rutenbergianum can also be found growing in a quite different environment – on wet rocks and stones, in areas which receive a far greater degree of sunlight, in central Madagascar. Angraecum rutenbergianum produces … Continue Reading →

This Arnemia fern species is an attractive, finely feathered fern, which requires high humidity and warm temperatures to grow well.  This fern is ideally planted inside a terrarium, where the humidity remains constantly between 70-90% RH.  This plant’s preferred temperature range is from 22C to 28C.

Asparagus setaceus is such a delicate and attractive fern.  I know that some folk find Asparagus setaceus tricky to grow, so I was keen to include this Asparagus setaceus specimen in the BiOrbAir to see how well it grew.  I positioned the Asparagus setaceus specimen at the back of my planting, hoping it would grow well inside this terrarium and … Continue Reading →

Asplenium antiquum is an elegant, evergreen fern which produces fronds that are a lovely verdant bright green colour.  Asplenium antiquum grows best in bright, indirect light, in humid conditions.

Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is a fantastic fern to include inside a terrarium.  As  the new fronds of Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) age, the fronds develop the wavy character and habit that this fern is known for. Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is sometimes known by its common name of the Japanese Asplenium Fern. … Continue Reading →

This Athyrium species is a small sized, terrestrial fern that’s endemic to Madagascar and Africa.  This fern enjoys humid conditions and grows to about 15cm in height.

Barbosella australis is a cool growing, miniature epiphytic orchid which can be found growing in southern Brazil.  Flowering in the summer, it is a very low growing plant, with a naturally creeping, spreading habit.  This Barbosella australis specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how well it’s growing in my Long-term review of the … Continue Reading →

Biophytum sensitivum is an amazing plant!  Biophytum sensitivum originates from India and South Africa, where it can be found growing in wet, boggy soils near streams and waterfalls, where it is shaded by taller trees and shrubs. Biophytum sensitivum is such an interesting, fascinating plant!  Resembling a miniature palm tree, the leaves of Biophytum sensitivum fold downwards, with … Continue Reading →

Brachypeza semiteretifolia is an epiphytic miniature orchid species that originates from Vietnam, where it can be found growing on the branches of evergreen trees, in lowland forests. Brachypeza semiteretifolia doesn’t have a set flowering time, this miniature orchid can flower at any time of year.  Brachypeza semiteretifolia produces attractive white, crystalline flowers, which produce a delightfully … Continue Reading →

Bulbophyllum ambrosia is a lithophyte, and an epiphytic miniature orchid, which originates from China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Bulbophyllum ambrosia and grows well, both as a potted specimen or mounted onto cork bark or tree fern.  Bulbophyllum ambrosia grows well in warm conditions, with bright, filtered light and good air circulation.  The blooms that Bulbophyllum ambrosia … Continue Reading →

Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from central and western Africa, where it grows in warm conditions, in the lower slopes and regions of the forests. This Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can see how well it’s growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing … Continue Reading →

Bulbophyllum sessile is a miniature epiphytic orchid which originates from a number of places including: Burma, Java, Laos, Malaysia, New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bulbophyllum sessile appreciates warm to intermediate temperatures, bright, filtered light, and good air circulation.

Ceratocentron fesselii is a species of epiphytic, mini-miniature orchid, which is endemic to the mountain range of Nueva Ecija, on the Luzon Island.  This miniature orchid is critically endangered, sadly the plant has been over collected, and the area in which the orchid grows has suffered due to human expansion in the area and logging. … Continue Reading →

Ceratochilus biglandulosus is a species of miniature orchid that’s endemic to Java in Indonesia, where it grows as an epiphytical miniature orchid on moss and lichen covered trees, in mountainous areas. Ceratochilus biglandulosus produces crystalline, white flowers, which are very large in size, especially in comparison to the diminutive size of this miniature orchid. Ceratochilus biglandulosus … Continue Reading →

Ceratostylis philippinensis is a miniature orchid species, which as its name suggests, originates from the Philippines. Ceratostylis philippinensis produces many very fragrant, sweetly scented, white flowers that are about 1cm in size. If you’re thinking of growing this miniature orchid, ensure that you can offer your plant a minimum temperature of 12 C (53F).  Ceratostylis philippinensis favours … Continue Reading →

Ceratostylis pristina, is a newly described species of miniature, epiphytic orchid that originates from the Kalatungan mountain range, in the Philippines. Ceratostylis pristina, produces beautiful, pure white, crystalline flowers, which at  about 1-2cm (0.5″) are very large in comparison to the size of the plant. This miniature orchid grows best when mounted on cork or … Continue Reading →

Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii is an evergreen succulent, tuberous perennial trailing vine with heart-shaped leaves from Zimbabwe.  This is an attractive and quite charming plant, which makes an excellent houseplant; it’s ideally suited to growing in hanging baskets where the plant’s long, trailing stems and beautiful heart shaped leaves can be admired and appreciated. Good … Continue Reading →

Chiloschista lunifera is a epiphytic orchid species, which grows on trees, in areas of deciduous and semi deciduous forest in Myanmar, India, Assam, and the Himalayas.  Chilochista lunifera is a small, naturally leafless orchid species, which produces striking, dark red-maroon flowers, which are outlined in a vibrant lime-yellow colour. To grow at its best, Chiloschista … Continue Reading →

Chiloschista parishii is a species of miniature, epiphytic, leafless orchid, which originates from Thailand, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Himalayas, where it can be found growing on trees in forests and woodlands. Chiloschista parishii flourishes when grown under bright, filtered light, in a warm environment, in an atmosphere with high humidity, where the plant will … Continue Reading →

Chirita tamiana is a miniature species of flowering plant, that originates from Vietnam where it grows in damp soils.  Chirita tamiana plants form attractive rosettes, similar to the growth habit of their relations – Saintpaulia (African Violets) with their soft, mid green leaves radiating out in pretty circles. Chirita tamiana plants are very floriferous, they can … Continue Reading →

The common name of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is  the variegated spider plant.  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is an easy to grow plant, that grows well both as a house plant or when planted inside a terrarium.  If you plan to include Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ inside your terrarium, take care not to overcrowd your terrarium planting, as this … Continue Reading →

Constantia cipoensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to the Serra do Cipó National Park, a mountain range in Brazil, where Constantia cipoensis grows upon Vellozia, a genus of flowering plant that’s found in this area. Constantia cipoensis produces beautiful, very large, white flowers. Constantia cipoensis grows best when mounted on cork … Continue Reading →

Dendrobium moniliforme is a miniature epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which originates from a number of regions, including: Assam, China, the Himalayas, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dendrobium moniliforme produce beautiful, white flowers which are fragrant.

Dinema polybulbon is a miniature, epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which originates from Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua, where it grows in humid forests. Dinema polybulbon produces beautiful, large and fragrant flowers.

Diplocaulobium abbreviatum is a slow growing miniature epiphytic orchid species that is endemic to New Guinea.  Diplocaulobium abbreviatum produces attractive star shaped, white flowers that are edged with cream, with small yellow and dark purple markings in the centre of each inflorescence. This Diplocaulobium abbreviatum specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how … Continue Reading →

Diplocaulobium chrysotropis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in the cloud forests of New Guinea. Diplocaulobium chrysotropis flourishes under bright, indirect light.  This miniature orchid grows best in humid conditions, in temperatures between 17C and 25C. I have found that Diplocaulobium chrysotropis grow best when watered between three and five … Continue Reading →

Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid, which originates from Guatemala and Mexico. Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid that does not require a rest period to grow well.  So if the conditions you provide are constant, with sufficient light, water, and nutrients, this miniature orchid will grow well for you. Domingoa purpurea produces purple-pink inflorescences … Continue Reading →

Doryopteris cordata is an unusual, small tropical, tender fern that is ideally suited to growing in terrariums or bottle gardens.  Doryopteris cordata produces lobed fronds at the base of the plant which form a mound, the fertile fronds are much more ‘fern like’, these stand 15cm or so above the plant.  Doryopteris cordata has the common name … Continue Reading →

Dryadella simula is a cool growing, epiphytic, miniature orchid species that’s found in the lower regions of cloud forest in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.  This orchid experiences natural variations during the seasons in its native environment, where it will experience dry seasons and drier periods.  It will be interesting to see how well … Continue Reading →

Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Red Angel’ (PBR) is also known by its common name of nerve plant, which references the Fittonia’s brightly coloured leaf veining. Fittonias are excellent terrarium plants.  Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Red Angel’ requires high humidity, moist compost, and low to medium light levels to grow well – this is an ideal terrarium, … Continue Reading →

The common name of Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group is the nerve plant.  This Fittonia thrives when grown in a terrarium, Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group requires low to medium light levels (- avoid sunny window sills).  Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group grows well in high humidity and in moist compost.  In return Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group will add a … Continue Reading →

Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’ requires low to medium light levels, high humidity and moist compost to grow well.  The brightly coloured, variegated leaves that Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’ produces will add a vibrant, colourful glow to your terrarium.

The common name of Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Forest Flame’ is the nerve plant. Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Forest Flame’ requires high humidity, moist compost, and low to medium light levels to grow well – this is an ideal terrarium, vivarium or bottle garden plant.  This Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Forest Flame’ with its vibrantly coloured, variegated leaves, will brighten up any … Continue Reading →

The common name of Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘White Anne’ is the nerve plant.  Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘White Anne’ is a perfect plant to include if you’re looking to ‘lift’ the planting inside your terrarium.  A great choice if you’re looking to plant a green and white colour themed terrarium or colour scheme, Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘White Anne’ requires high humidity and … Continue Reading →

Haraella retrocalla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Taiwan, where it can be found growing in forests, at elevations ranging from 1000m to 2200m. Haraella retrocalla is a sequential blooming orchid, which can be almost always in bloom – making this plant an attractive acquisition if you’re looking to purchase a miniature orchid. The … Continue Reading →

Holcoglossum flavescens is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to China, where it grows on trees in forests. Holcoglossum flavescens produces beautiful flowers, which have quite a charm and character to them, however the colours of the flowers can be a little variable.  Holcoglossum flavescens is usually slow to bloom Holcoglossum flavescens grows well in … Continue Reading →

Holcoglossum weixiense is a species of epiphytic, miniature orchid, that originates from the Weixi area of the Yunnan, in the Southwest of China.  Here Holcoglossum weixiense can be found growing upon trees, near rivers in areas of evergreen, mountainous forest.  This miniature, epiphytic orchid can be found growing  in mountain areas from 2300 – 2900m above sea level. … Continue Reading →

Humata heterophylla is a tender, epiphytic fern.  This delightful fern grows wonderfully well when mounted onto cork bark.  Humata heterophylla is a low growing, creeping, epiphytic fern species, it grows and works well in terrariums, vivariums, and orchidariums, where it can rather beautifully cover the background and grow up and over any cork or background material. … Continue Reading →

Humata repens is a species of fern which originates from Indochina, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Humata repens is a dear little plant which grows to 8cm (3 inches) tall, there’s room for this fern in almost any terrarium!

Hymenorchis javanica is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Java. Hymenorchis javanica produces white, crystalline flowers, which feature a very attractive green central marking.  The flower’s petals display a fringed, serrated edge.  This miniature orchid species blooms for about six months of the year, the plants are usually in flower from … Continue Reading →

Found in Venezuela and Colombia, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is an epiphytic, miniature orchid that can be found in wet, mountain forests and cloud forests. Once Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ has grown to a mature size, this lovely miniature orchid blooms for periods of up to five months at a time, producing glistening, purple coloured, star shaped … Continue Reading →

Leptotes bicolor is a miniature epiphytic orchid species which originates from Brazil and Paraguay, where this miniature orchid enjoys warm temperatures and humid conditions. Leptotes bicolor produces beautiful, white, fragrant flowers, which are enhanced with a vibrant shade of pink.  The seed pods of Leptotes bicolor can be used like vanilla to flavour foods and drinks. … Continue Reading →

Macroclinium manabinum is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Manabi in Ecuador, where this miniature orchid can be found growing on trees, in forests. Macroclinium manabinum is a miniature orchid species, which favours warm to hot temperatures, filtered, diffused light, and high humidity. Macroclinium manabinum produces beautiful flowers, which vary in … Continue Reading →

Found in south eastern Ecuador and northern Peru, Masdevallia decumana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that can be found growing in cloud forests in these regions of the world. Masdevallia decumana’s flowers are very large in comparison to the diminutive size of the plant.  The flowers are both unusual and eye catching with their dark … Continue Reading →

Masdevallia rechingeriana is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Venezuela.  Masdevallia rechingeriana produces a triquetrous inflorescence, which is very tall, and is longer in length than the plant’s leaves. Masdevallia rechingeriana is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can see how well this plant is growing in my BiOrbAir … Continue Reading →

Masdevallia tovarensis is miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to Venezuela where it grows in cloud forests. Masdevallia tovarensis produces flower stems each of which can produce a number of beautiful, large, pure white flowers.  The flower stems can bloom again and again over extended periods and consequently should only be cut … Continue Reading →

A native plant of New Guinea, Mediocalcar decoratum is a low growing, miniature, epiphytic orchid, it forms a creeping, spreading mat as the plant grows.  Mediocalcar decoratum favours humid, damp conditions in dappled shade.  Mediocalcar decoratum thrives in damp conditions and would enjoy being misted heavily every morning. Flowering from autumn until spring, Mediocalcar decoratum produces attractive, … Continue Reading →

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’, is also known by its common name of Sword fern.  This fern produces delicate, intricately shaped fronds in a lovely fresh green colour. This Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can see more photographs, and discover out how this Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ specimen is growing in … Continue Reading →

This fern, a species of Nephrolepis, was very kindly given to me by a friend.  This Nephrolepis fern is epiphytic and terrestrial – it will grow well if mounted on cork or other bark, and will also grow well in planted in moist, well drained terrarium compost.

Oncidium hians is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Brazil. Oncidium hians plants produce flowering stems that are about twice as tall as the plant itself.  The flowering stems have a branching habit, each stem can be decorated with a number of inflorescences which are spaced out attractively. Oncidium hians favours bright, … Continue Reading →

Ornithophora radicans is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from Brazil in South America.  Ornithophora radicans has a grassy habit and appearance, this orchid produces sprays of miniature white, brown, and yellow flowers for a few weeks every year in autumn.  Minimum temperature: 12 C. I have planted this Ornithophora radicans specimen in my BiOrbAir terrarium. … Continue Reading →

Paphiopedilum concolor is a small to medium sized, terrestrial orchid species, which originates from Myanmar, Vietnam, and China, among other places.  In its native environment, Paphiopedilum concolor can be found growing close to streams and water sources in forests, where this orchid grows directly in the ground, in leaf litter, or on rocks. Paphiopedilum concolor … Continue Reading →

Pellaea rotundifolia is a dark green coloured, evergreen fern that enjoys bright, filtered light, and consistent moist conditions – it’s an ideal plant for a closed terrarium. Pellaea rotundifolia’s common name is button fern, due to its rather lovely, dark green leaflets which form an almost rounded, button shape. Pellaea rotundifolia is endemic to New Zealand.  Pellaea … Continue Reading →

The beautifully wrinkled leaves of Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’ provide interest and contrasting texture in the terrarium.

Peperomia prostrata is a ground cover plant with tiny leaves and a creeping habit.  Peperomia prostrata is a mat forming plant, it thrives when planted in a humid environment. Peperomia prostrata can be included in terrariums, where it can thrive, but do avoid overwatering or this plant will not do well.

Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Pahang, in Malaysia. Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a mini, miniature orchid species, that has a reputation for being rather difficult to grow.  If you grow Phalaenopsis appendiculata, take care to mist your plant’s roots regularly, provide warm, humid conditions, with good air circulation, and bright, … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis braceana is a species of miniature, epiphytic, deciduous orchid, which originates from a number of places, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas, where these miniature orchids can be found growing atop trees on the edges of forests. The inflorescences of Phalaenopsis braceana display variable colourations. Phalaenopsis braceana thrives in low, indirect, filtered light, in humid … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis celebensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is found growing in the Sulawesi Island, in Indonesia.  Phalaenopsis celebensis produces attractive silver and dark green mottled leaves. Phalaenopsis celebensis flourishes in warm, shaded conditions, away from bright light, in a humid environment. Phalaenopsis celebensis produces arching or pendant flowering stems, which feature a great … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis deliciosa is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from many places including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, where this miniature orchid can be found growing on trees in forests.

Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis deliciosa. Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from many places including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where this miniature orchid can be found growing on trees in forests.

Phalaenopsis finleyi is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing naturally in Burma, Thailand, and Myanmar. Phalaenopsis finleyi produces very attractive flowers, which have a somewhat reflexed appearance.  The inflorescences are white, with a predominantly pink colouration, and maroon and yellow markings. Phalaenopsis finleyi favours being mounted onto cork bark, with very … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis gibbosa is an epiphytic miniature orchid species, which originates from Vietnam and Laos, where this orchid species can be found growing on trees, in evergreen forests.  Phalaenopsis gibbosa enjoys warm to hot conditions and high humidity. Phalaenopsis gibbosa produces very small, fragrant flowers, the blooms emit a soft and gentle, delicate rose perfume.  I found … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a species of miniature, lithophytic orchid, which originates from Hainan in China, where it can be found growing on rocks. In its native environment, Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a deciduous orchid, although this miniature orchid may retain its leaves over winter when grown in cultivation. Phalaenopsis hainanensis is very similar to Phalaenopsis stobartii, … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis honghenensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from China and Thailand, where this orchid species can be found growing on the trunks of mossy, lichen covered trees. The flowers of Phalaenopsis honghenensis can be variable in colour.  The flowers are fragrant, producing a sweet fragrance, which has quite different, pleasing, yet … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis lobbii is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which originates from India, Vietnam, the Himalayas, and Myanmar, where this orchid species can be found growing on trees in evergreen forests. Phalaenopsis lobbii grows well in a humid environment, in bright, filtered light.  Once Phalaenopsis lobbii reaches flowering size, this miniature orchid flowers each springtime. You can see … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which produces rather cute, white and yellow coloured flowers.  This miniature orchid’s pastel yellow coloured blooms are very pretty indeed.  I believe this particular orchid species to be the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii. Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia blooms from late winter, to mid to … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis lowii is a small to miniature sized, warm to hot growing species of epiphytic orchid, which sometimes grows as a lithophyte on limestone rocks and stone outcrops.  Phalaenopsis lowii originates from Borneo, Myanmar, and Thailand, where this orchid species can be found growing near rivers, here it grows as a deciduous plant.  In cultivation … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis malipoensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from China and Vietnam. Phalaenopsis malipoensis enjoys bright, filtered, indirect light and humid conditions. Phalaenopsis malipoensis flowers in spring and summer, producing pretty white and orange flowers which are about 2cm in size.  

Phalaenopsis micholitzii is an epiphytic, miniature to small sized orchid species, which is endemic to the Philippines, where it grows near rivers.  Phalaenopsis micholitzii enjoys warm to hot conditions and high humidity. Phalaenopsis micholitzii produces beautiful white, greenish-white, or pale green flowers, without any markings on the blooms.  I have found Phalaenopsis micholitzii to be … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis parishii is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from the Eastern Himalayas, India, and Thailand.  In its native environment, Phalaenopsis parishii would naturally have a dryer season in winter.  In the wild, this is a deciduous orchid, that drops its leaves over winter, however when this orchid is grown in cultivation, Phalaenopsis parishii will … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis parishii alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis parishii.

Phalaenopsis stobartiana is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to China, where this miniature sized orchid enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect light. Phalaenopsis stobartiana produces up to nine, striking green, white, and pink flowers on each of its flowering stems.

Phalaenopsis thailandica is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Thailand.  This miniature orchid’s common name is the Thailand Phalaenopsis. Phalaenopsis thailandica enjoys growing in warm, humid conditions, with indirect, filtered light.  This miniature orchid species likes to be watered regularly.  

Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a species of miniature, epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which is endemic to China. Phalaenopsis wilsonii favours intermediate to warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered light.  In this orchid species’ native environment, Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a deciduous orchid, but in cultivation plants may hold on to their leaves throughout the winter months. Phalaenopsis wilsonii produces from … Continue Reading →

Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is also known by its common name of the Blue Star Fern.  Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is a great terrarium fern, as this fern thrives in evenly moist conditions (not well, this is not an aquatic plant!), in very humid growing conditions, in areas that receive low light. If you have … Continue Reading →

Pilea involucrata is a bushy, trailing plant, with deeply grooved, textured leaves.  Pilea involucrata requires high humidity to grow well, so it is an ideal plant to include inside a terrarium.  Pilea involucrata tolerates low light levels.  

Pilea microphylla enjoys soft, filtered light, so it’s an ideal plant choice to include if you’re planting a terrarium.  Pilea microphylla grows well in a humid environment and benefits from being misted. The common name of Pilea microphylla is the artillery plant.

Pinguicula are a very interesting genus of  carnivorous plants, they are often referred to as butterworts.  There are a great many species of Pinguicula, these plants originate from a wide range of locations including: America, Europe, and Asia. Inside my Orchidarium, I have planted two specimens of the Pinguicula hybrid that you see pictured above.  … Continue Reading →

Platystele examen-culicum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Colombia and Ecuador. Platystele examen-culicum grows well in a humid environment, with filtered light, and cool to intermediate temperatures. Platystele examen-culicum produces such tiny, minute flowers, which are not easy to view without a macro camera!  You can see this Platystele examen-culicum specimen in … Continue Reading →

Polystichum tsussimense is a pretty fern, it’s an ideal choice to plant inside a terrarium or bottle garden – this fern thrives in high humidity and low light levels. Polystichum tsussimense grows to about the right height for most terrariums or bottle gardens, meaning that you don’t have to repeatedly keep looking for larger terrariums to re-planting … Continue Reading →

Psygmorchis pusilla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in humid forests in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, and other exotic locations, where the plant colonises the outer branches of trees. Psygmorchis pusilla is a delightful, fan shaped, miniature orchid species, which has an attractive appearance even when it’s … Continue Reading →

Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ is a variegated fern that is also known by its common name of Silver Lace fern. This Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can see more photographs and discover how well this fern is growing in the second part of my long-term review of the BiOrbAir.  This link … Continue Reading →

Pyrrosia serpens is an epiphytic fern, which sometimes grows as a terrestrial.  Pyrrosia serpens originates from New Zealand; this fern flourishes in warm temperatures, from 20C to 26C, although my fern is growing OK in a temperature range from 16C to 21C. Pyrrosia serpens requires a very humid environment, it thrives when grown inside a … Continue Reading →

Restrepia antennifera is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, that can be found growing in cloud forests in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Restrepia antennifera is a species of epiphytic orchid that naturally forms a tufted shape, it’s small in size and won’t take up much room inside your terrarium or orchidarium. This Restrepia antennifera specimen is growing inside my … Continue Reading →

Restrepia citrina is a species of epiphytic miniature orchid, which is endemic to Colombia, where this lovely orchid species grows in cloud forests.  For successful growing replicate the conditions that this Restrepia experiences in its natural environment.  Restrepia citrina flourishes in cool conditions, in a very humid atmosphere, under filtered, diffused light. Restrepia citrina produces attractive … Continue Reading →

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid, that can be found in Ecuador and Peru.  I do wonder if this miniature orchid should be known simply as Restrepia purpurea, as I see no distinguishable differences between this plant and Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’. Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a very … Continue Reading →

Restrepia sanguinea is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid, which originates from the cloud forests of Colombia.  One of the tallest miniature orchids that’s growing inside this terrarium, Restrepia sanguinea flowers frequently, producing large, raspberry-plum coloured blooms of about an inch in length.  Restrepia sanguinea is very floriferous and produces its flowers in succession. Restrepia sanguinea is growing … Continue Reading →

Restrepia seketii originates from cloud forests in North Colombia.  A cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, Restrepia seketii is smaller than many of the other Restrepia species which are included in my Miniature Orchid Trial. To see photographs of Restrepia seketii in bloom, and discover how long this miniature orchid typically flowers for, please click here. … Continue Reading →

Restrepia trichoglossa is a species of miniature orchid which originates from cloud forests in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.  Naturally forming a tufted shape, this little Restrepia produces flowers in succession, throughout the year. I find Restrepias to be tolerant of different temperatures, and light conditions, favouring cooler indoor temperatures of around 16 C – 20 C, … Continue Reading →

This miniature, evergreen Rumohra fern species originates from the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand. This species of Rumohra thrives when grown in a very humid environment, from 70-90% RH, with temperatures from 18C to 25C, under diffused, filtered light.  This attractive fern grows from 10-15cm (4-6″) tall, making it an ideal fern for a terrarium.  

Schoenorchis fragrans is a miniature epiphytic orchid that can be found in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and China, where it grows in moist forests.  Schoenorchis fragrans has thick, leathery leaves that have an attractive purple underside, this miniature orchid produces clusters of tightly packed, faintly scented, pink crystalline flowers during the summer time. I purchased … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis scolopendria is a miniature, epiphytic orchid with a creeping habit, which can be found growing on trees, in forests in Vietnam. Schoenorchis scolopendria is best grown mounted onto cork or branches, which have sufficient room to allow the plant to grow and spread.  As Schoenorchis scolopendria prefers to dry out between waterings, this miniature orchid … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis seidenfadenii is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Thailand and Vietnam. Schoenorchis seidenfadenii produces thick, leathery, textured leaves and pretty pink flowers.  This mini-miniature orchid has an attractive, creeping, spreading growth habit, like other Schoenorchis species, the plants almost twirl around the branches of the trees they grow upon. I grow … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis tixieri is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Vietnam and China, where it grows on trees on the outskirts of forests. Schoenorchis tixieri has thick, leathery, textured leaves, which are very attractive, the growth habit and appearance of every Schoenorchis species is very endearing. Schoenorchis tixieri is very similar to Schoenorchis fragrans, so … Continue Reading →

Selaginella kraussiana requires a humid environment in partially shaded conditions to grow well, this pretty plant adds interest and texture to the terrarium. This Selaginella kraussiana specimen was growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  To see more photographs and details of how this Selaginella grew in my BiOrbAir, see my long-term review of the BiOrbAir.  This link … Continue Reading →

Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ is also known by its common name of golden clubmoss. Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ is a low growing, spreading plant, that really brightens up the terrarium with its pretty, light green coloured foliage.

Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ is also known by its common name of Martens clubmoss. Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ requires a humid environment, in a sunny or partially shaded area to grow well.  Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ grows up to 20cm, or 8inches in height. I planted this Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ specimen inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can discover how … Continue Reading →

Soleirolia soleirolii is also known by its common name of mind-your-own-business. Soleirolia soleirolii is a fast-growing, ground-cover perennial.  The stems of Soleirolia soleirolii root readily, which helps this plant to spread rapidly, I must warn you it can be invasive. Soleirolia soleirolii produces tiny, rounded leaves, which add a delicate touch to terrarium planting indoors. Soleirolia soleirolia can be … Continue Reading →

Stelis is from the Greek for small pillar.  Stelis muscifera is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Ecuador and Venezuela, where plants of this species can be found growing at between 800m – 1600m above sea level.  Stelis muscifera flowers in spring and summer.  During its flowering period each flower spike is clothed … Continue Reading →

Tillandsia usneoides is an air plant, which is known by its common name of Spanish moss.  Tillandsia usneoides belongs to the Bromeliaceae family.  Tillandsia usneoides can be found growing in a wide range of sub tropical and tropical habitats, it is often seen growing in a the branches of trees, though it can also be seen … Continue Reading →

Trichoglottis Pusilla is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Java and Indonesia, where this orchid can be found growing near the tops of trees. Trichoglottis Pusilla produces fragrant, white flowers with red stripes. Trichoglottis Pusilla grows best when mounted onto cork bark or tree fern.  This miniature orchid favours bright, indirect light,