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

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Derivation of the name

The name of the Aerides refers to its epiphytic way of growth. Aerides literally means ‘airplant’.

Features and origin

Aerides is a gender with around 20 species of tropical, epiphytic orchids that mainly occur in the warmer lowlands of tropical Southeast-Asia. The species in this gender consist of small to large monopodial epiphytes, except from the Aerides krabiensis, which is a lithophyte.
They form hanging bunches with many scenting, waxy flowers, that are white with a purple or pink edge. Some species have purple, pink and also yellow flowers. Every flower has two offshoots aimed forward and grows on a firm branch. The leafs grow upwards in two vertical rows.

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Care tips


Aerangis need a bright place where it will be protected against direct afternoon.
This orchid grows best in a basket so that the drainage of the water is best.


The temperature may vary in between 16,5℃ and 26,5℃.


We advise a humidity of around 30-70%. This differs per species within the gender.


Let the Aerides before watering again. Make sure you only water the roots, not the flowers. Take a good look at the Aerides to see if it needs to be watered. You can determine this by looking at the roots and leafs. If the roots are white/grey and the leafs are somewhat duller, it needs water.
Watering can be done in two ways:
Misting: 1-3 times a day during summer. In winter this can be reduced to around 3 times a week.
Dipping: let the plant soak for 30 minutes about 3 times a week. In winter it’s enough to mist the plant.


In spring and summer, when the Aerides is growing strongly, fertilize once a week. Fertilizer is important because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Aerides. Normally, the sunlight provides the Aerides with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Aerides to start blooming without the fertilizer.