Miniature Orchids for a Terrarium

lonewolf_amar(4)October 11, 2009


My wife might want to raise some orchids which is wonderful news for me.

I told her that there are miniature orchids and she seemed rather interested when I told her that it was possible to take one of the 30G aquariums that we have sitting empty into a terrarium for some miniature orchids. I have never done this but saw some posts of people that have.

I was wondering if anyone could give me some ideas of some minis that would work for this that would be on the easier side to raise and some potential sources for them.

Thanks in advance.

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aachenelf z5 Mpls

The possibilities are almost endless, but what you grow depends on what kind of lighting you can provide. I'm using a 10 gal aquarium right now with an open top and have 20 plants in there and still room to spare. You can have potted plants in the bottom and mounted plants hanging from the sides, so it's really possible to grow a lot in a small space.

Here's a few that have done exceptionally well for me:

Any of the Restrepia - the flowers are like little aliens and just cute as can be.

Pleurothallis picta is another cutie and blooms several times a year with dozens and dozens of tiny, brilliant yellow flowers.

Aerangis mystacidii - is mounted and hanging from the side.
White flowers.

Maxillaria sophronitis - is mounted and also hanging from the side. It has brilliant orange flowers

Sophronitis cernua - might be a possibility depending on how much light you can give it. Blooms several times per year or more and again, brilliant orange flowers. Absolutely adorable!

Check out Lynn O'Shaughnessy for the Restrepia and Pleuros.
Link below.

Also check Oak Hill and J & L Orchids.


Here is a link that might be useful: Lynn

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 7:36PM
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Dendrobium jenkinisii _creeping, mat forming plant with spring orange flowers smells sweet like honey.

Dendrobium abberans - dwarf species from higher elevations of New Guinea. Blooms with small white flowers. Really nice species for terrariums.

Cattleya luteola - Small species that doesnt grow much more than 4-5" with yellow flowers diffused with red in the lip. Needs bright light, and doesnt like to be constantly wet.

Dockarillas might work too.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 11:57PM
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Depending on your temperatures and light many of the Masdevallias may work for you!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 10:17PM
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