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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 8:18 AM CST

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Here it is in my terrium project a wild type phal from the Philippines


When it blooms it will have snow white flowers and yellow stamens
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 8:29 AM CST
More photos
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It's bloomed once before before I acquired it
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 2, 2019 8:42 AM CST

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Such a gorgeous Phal! I am taking a wild guess here - Phal philippinensis?
I really would reconsider planting this beauty into a Terrarium. I would be afraid of rotten roots in this moist environment. This one begs to swing gently in a gentle breeze with lots of aeration.
If you are still looking to plant Orchids into a terrarium, how about looking into small Pleurothallid species( and also installing a small computer fan into it.) Smiling

I should add - if we are talking about a large Wardian Case, then please disregard my comment!
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 10:08 AM CST
Yeah I only have that sorce of light to put it but I'm careful with watering it's doing good



I'm going to add some carnivorous plants too from the tropics
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 2, 2019 10:25 AM CST

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How large is the terrarium?
Name: Big Bill
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BigBill
Nov 2, 2019 10:46 AM CST
Phalaenopsis do not have stamens. They have pollinia which are little sacs of pollen.

Have you seen it bloom? If it is Phalaenopsis schilleriana, it will have pink flowers often on branched inflorescences.
There is another species that it could be with tessellated leaves, and that would be Phalaenopsis stuartiana. Those flowers are white and there lateral sepals have pinkish-red spots.
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 10:50 AM CST
About 53 gallons in size it's an old fish tank


I do plan to up grade in a few years time
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 2, 2019 12:29 PM CST

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....treading lightly here.... Smiling
Alex, surely this plant came with a name? Orchid Limited is after all a super reputable vendor.

At least you got a good size tank!! And hopefully you invest in a couple of those little computer fans. Hopefully they still sell those.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 2:21 PM CST
It's phal Philippines pamay x samar Hurray!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 2, 2019 2:24 PM CST

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Wonderful! Lovey dubby
Alex, at least please please add some small computer fans in there!! I know, I repeated myself!! Smiling
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 2:46 PM CST
Ok I will look into fans next weekend
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 2:47 PM CST
Can't wait to see blooms
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 2, 2019 3:58 PM CST

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Hopefully we get to see them in our monthly thread! Don't hesitate to give us progress reports!
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 2, 2019 5:22 PM CST
Ok I will



I get paid Friday so I should be able to go Saturday
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 2, 2019 5:28 PM CST

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I bought through the years from them, I still have my Phrag Jason Fischer picked up many years ago.
Name: Daisy I
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Nov 2, 2019 7:54 PM CST
I would have gotten that Phalaenopsis just for the leaves. Who cares if it ever blooms! Lovey dubby

I grew orchids in several terrariums for a few years but, eventually gave up on the idea. Don't cover the terrariums and you probably won't have a problem with air flow (I started with fans but took them out). The thing that finally ended my terrarium/orchid experiment was salt buildup. I planted all my orchids in sphagnum moss on a gravel base (out of their pots) and they absolutely loved it! But, even though I fertilized like once a year and then flushed and drained, disaster struck.

My gut feeling is the slowly decomposting sphagnum moss messed with the chemistry - the plants acted like they had salt poisoning. I think that because the one terrarium that lasted the longest had live moss.

So, what I learned from this experiment is keep your plants potted in their own pots. BUT, the reason I set them free in the first place is the plant roots had left their pots and rooted into the base medium and I felt the pots were strangling them. Maybe the next lesson learned is don't treat your orchids like pets. Rolling on the floor laughing

I am interested in knowing how your terrarium works out for you. Please come back to this thread and keep us posted.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 3, 2019 8:16 AM CST
I'll give you updated on how it goes



Right now things look pretty good
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Nov 3, 2019 8:37 AM CST

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Here's the whole setup
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 3, 2019 8:51 AM CST

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Ohh wow! I see you are no stranger to blooming Phals! Smiling
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Nov 3, 2019 9:27 AM CST
Just as a suggestion Plantsmylove. What the light levels! It seems really bright.
I like what I am seeing otherwise, really 😎 set up!
If those leaf markings start to fade or the leaves on the Phalaenopsis get kind of yellow/ green, you may want to cut back on the hours of light.
But if you have been down this road before, forget what I said and just keep doing what you are doing.
Good job man!!! Thumbs up
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!

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