I'm looking for names of very tiny dwarf orchids to grow in a teepee-shaped terrarium about a foot high. Once I get a name or two, I'll be able to research them to try to find one that I can buy here in Canada.
Platysteles are good. I'm not sure about the Neos. They need a lot of air moving and wet/dry conditions along with high humidity. Maybe though. I love Haraella odorata for its small size and giant flowers. It only makes one at a time but it blooms frequently if happy. It likes high humidity and is a perfect candidate for a case. http://www.orchidspecies.com/haerodorata.htm There are several Dryadellas that also would love terrarium conditions. Another great candidate would be some of the tiny Lepanthes. You cannot grow many orchids in a vacuum. Haralla handles situations like bell jars and terrariums but most need air movement and in that case require some kind of mini fan.
If you call Andy's and ask for advice you will probably speak to Andy's brother, Harry. He will make great suggestions. I bet he recommends Haraella.
Carol, I got a chance to spend time with Andy at the end of the Redlands show. They used to come to our show in Atlanta but we switched show dates a few years back and it conflicts with another big show they've been doing; Santa barbara maybe (?). I let him know how much he has been missed and asked him to try and get back to us soon. He has donated many plants to the Atlanta Botanical Garden orchid conservatory which is supposedly the biggest species collection in the U.S. and loves Atlanta and our Garden. So, I am helping with the show this year and was notified a few weeks ago that Andy's is back on our vendor list and Harry will be coming to our March show! Great news!
That is great news! He included his fall show schedule in the e-mail. Soon for me! They never do "talks" at out local shows, but I would like to hear what Harry has to say. One of these days I have to go down there to see his operation, if I can fit it between show seasons. The "Fascination With Orchids " show is a very small show these days, but it is only about 7 mi. down the road, and they do two other shows in OC too. Needless to say, I never miss one.
Laurel, Yes they are both in bloom. The neo is starting to end it's bloom time, tho. They don't seem to last too long. And you are spot on about air movement. I do think moving mine to a hanging basket in an area that gets a good evening breeze brought back the blooms. The Platystele is just a blooming machine. Constant new spikes and blooms. I do believe its' season is ALL YEAR LOL
Carol, there is a small show this weekend at the South Bay Botanical Gardens put on by the South Bay Orchid Society. Don't know if I'll make it, but I plan on being at SC Plaza http://southbayorchidsociety.com/index.html
OK, Laurel. I'll get some shots this weekend. And post in the monthly. Also, Psychopsis Mariposa Green Valley just popped open today. Not fully open, but should be tomorrow. A second bud is about 5 days behind it. This is one of the plants I got in Santa Barbara in July. It had one bloom at that time but did not like the ride home. I'm thrilled that it got comfortable and is blooming.
Carol, I saw that. I will be there. I think that if they are shortening the number of days they need to extend the hours. And of course discount all the plants!! LOL
VM, I don't think that is negative at all. Just some good advice that needs to be taken into account with the terrarium idea. I know that I have orchids blooming now at the new house (2 1/2 years now) that the only difference is the air movement.