Orchids forum: Butterfly orchid care

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Oct 23, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Are these orchids easy to grow in terrarium I hear there are 4 different species of butterfly orchids


How big do they get and as such how big of a terrarium would I need
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DaisyI
Oct 23, 2017 7:41 PM CST
I'm not sure what a Butterfly Orchid is. Could you post a photo so we could ID your plant before giving you an answer?
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Oct 23, 2017 8:08 PM CST
Genius psychopsis papilio
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Oct 23, 2017 9:04 PM CST

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Is this what yours looks like, Alex?

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sugarcane
Oct 24, 2017 5:33 AM CST
Alex, with the flower spikes, mine is over 3’ tall. Of all the plants I’ve grown, this one is the most picky about it’s spot. My last one sulked for 2 years and didn’t give me any flowers after I moved it from my greenhouse to a summer bench outside. The leaves are apx 4” long , mine grow upright, but I’ve also seen them grow similar to a standard size Phalaenopsis.
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Ursula
Oct 24, 2017 7:19 AM CST

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Usually when I think of Orchids growing in a terrarium, the beautifully set up Wardian cases at Orchid shows come to mind. Mostly they are planted with cute Masdevallias, Pleurothallis, Dracula, Stelis, Lepanthes, mostly small species which like a humid, well controlled environment.
If I were to set up a terrarium, say in an Aquarium, I would include a small computer fan for some air movement. And I would collect some rainwater to use here.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Oct 24, 2017 7:23 AM CST
Okay. I will wait until it gets colder and there's not as much dissraction. with outdoor plants and things, its fall now so it shouldn't be too long.

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