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#1 mobile

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

I have a few vases where I grow Orchidioides Utricularia. The vases are typically semi-covered, so the humidity is high. In one of those vases I would like to try to grow a mounted miniature orchid. So far I have identified Schoenorchis fragrans as a possible candidate, though can't find a supplier here in the UK. Does anyone have any other suggestions of a mounted orchid that could be suitable? I really need it to be miniature, without long flower stalks etc and also readily available. Alternatively, does anyone have a Schoenorchis fragrans for sale or know where I could get one?

#2 Daniel O.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 18:46 PM

Hi Carl,

how big are the vases you use?

Schoenorchis fragrans is indeed a very small orchid with very small flowers but perhaps you could also grow any Bulbophyllum species or Dendrobium laevifolium or D. cuthbertsonii (needs lower temperatures). These plants do have bigger flowers but short flower stalks and are as well relatively smalll.

Here you can find some suppliers from Germany which i can recommend.
This supplier offers Schoenorchis fragrans

These suppliers do offer some other Schoenorchis species, the first one offers a lot of mounted orchids.

But perhaps you will find it also somewhere in the UK.

Best regards,


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 20:10 PM

Hi Dani,

Thank you for the advise and the links. I will enjoy browsing them :smile:

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 18:53 PM

there are actually quite a few orchids that are capable of fulfilling your perimeters. may i ask which species of orchidioides are you planning on growing inside this vase? i've noticed that many orchidioides require highland conditions to grow well. schoenorchis fragrans could possibly do well, but does appreciate it on the warmer side, from warm intermediate to warm conditions, although mine is doing fine. however cooler temperatures will mean less flowers.

you should definitely keep orchids from the pleurothallis alliance in mind. the majority of them come from highland areas and would be the perfect compliment for your orchidioides. for example, in situ, i saw masdevallia picturata growing across from a wall of U. quelchii.

dendrobium cuthbertsonii as mentioned can also be a compatible plant, however, this orchid requires significant air ventilation to do well and a vase might not be able to accomplish that.

scaphosepalum ovulare, s. rapax could do well for you. ovulare is a tightly compact plant and a cascade of globular red flowers.

the dryadellas can also work for your vase. these on average have 2-3 inch leaves (depending on species) and flowers are located close to the base of the plant, similar to maxillaria. of these, D. liliputiana is the smallest.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 19:32 PM

Thank you amphirion for your good advise. You have given me a few more to look into :yes:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:58 AM

Pleurothallis grobyi is a very easy miniature that grows well in cool and warm conditions. Leaves are about 10-15mm in length.


Also Lepanthes gargoyla is another good one that is an easy Lepanthes. Ive grown this one in HL and intermediate to LL conditions successfully.

Many Bulbophyllums would probably be good ones to try, but never grown them so cannot comment on a certain one. I didnt read the post so if these have been mentioned already sorry.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:27 AM

masdeviallia erinace,dracula lotax,pluerothallis groybi, stellis of hirtellia, I could go on and on..cause thats what I specialise in micro miniature orchid species,tolumnia selvestris elgato,etc...etc..

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 19:43 PM

I would say Pleurothallis grobyi too, because it is a nice plant and easy to grow.