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Aerangis

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Aerangis. You will also find all the Aerangis species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of the Aerangis derives from the Greek words ‘aer’ (air) and ‘angos’ (urn), which refers to the shape of the lip.

Features and origin

Aerangis is a gender with around 50 to 60 species spread all over Malagasy, Sri Lanka, the Comores and tropical Africa. Orchids of this gender can mainly be found in rain forests, but also in dry forests in the savanna.
Usually Aerangis are epiphytes, sometimes lithophytes, that look like Vanda’s. They are small to medium-sized plants with relatively large, star-like flowers that mostly appear as white, cream or yellow. The species also show long, with nectar filled suckers, normally longer than the flower itself. There is a stem with a long bunch of flowers attached to it. The lip is flat and looks like the petals and sepals. The gender has around 6 to 10 leaves. Furthermore, they emit a light fragrance during the night.

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Care tips

Place

Put the Aerangis on a warm, light place where they are protected against direct sunlight. The leafs may not be burned by the sunlight.

Temperature

Make sure that it’s not over 30℃  in summer and let it cool down to around 16,5℃ by night. In winter, it’s still fine to let it cool down to around 12℃.

Humidity

We advise a humidity between 55% and 80%. This differs per species within the gender and depends on the size of the plant. Besides that, the humidity can be lower during winter than during summer.

Water

Tied up: Mist the Aerangis daily during summer. You can cut back to 2/3 times a week during winter.
In a pot: In summer it’s best to let the Aerangis dry a bit before watering it again. The soil can be soaked thoroughly. In winter, the Aerangis can be misted lightly.

Fertilizer

Tied up: In spring and in summer we recommend to fertilize the Aerangis lightly once a In winter, it’s best to do this once a two weeks so that the Aerangis keeps its activity.
In a pot: During winter, when the Aerangis is in a state of growth, fertilize lightly once a two weeks.

For both types (tied up and in a pot) we advise to use half of what’s on the packaging. With the fertilizer, new leaves can grow better and the size of the leaves will be maintained better.

Repotting

Preferably every jear in January in seedling potting soil or potting soil (sphagnum).
This is important, because the soil will start the salification process. That’s because of the fertilizer. The fertilizer is important too, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Aerangis. Normally, the sunlight provides the Aerangis with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Aerangis to start blooming without the fertilizer.