Sunday, 7 December 2014 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall
- Sales start at 12:00 (not before)
- Meeting starts at 1:00
- Culture Snapshots start at 12:15
1:00pm SOOS Auction and End of Year Potluck Social
Annual Auction: Plants and other orchid related items gratefully accepted. Email Jay Norris at [email protected].
Annual End of Year Pot Luck Social. Bring your favourite holiday dish to share. Drinks supplied.
Please Note: To preserve time and space for the auction and social there will be No plant show table, No Member sales table, and No raffle.
Plant of the Month - Nov 2014
Heinz Ernstberger’s charming Phragmipedium Peruflora’s Saltimbanco ‘Leanne’AM-AOS. A year after it was awarded, this time carried one flower more than when it was awarded. The cross is the huge pink kovachii crossed with a very twisted green Phrag and the result is lovely! Heinz grows it in his 8’ X 12’ greenhouse. This greenhouse is supplied with T-5 and T-8 lamps going along both sides and the top to lengthen short days and brighten dull ones. The greenhouse has two shelves and the Phrag resides on the front part of the bottom shelf and only gets moved to the top when it is blooming. The temperature in the greenhouse is controlled by a thermostat that comes on when the temperature drops below 60F(15C) at night and below 70F(19C) during the day.. The plant is potted in a mix of bark, charcoal (not too much of this ingredient) and chopped sphagnum. Well done as usual, Heinz!
There was another interesting comment from Synea Tan on the culture of her lovely Ionopsis utricularioides: This plant is a twig epiphyte and must have excellent drainage. However Synea grows it very wet and it loves it..
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2015 meeting dates are as follows.
- January 4
- January 25
- Feb 14 - 15- Annual Show
- March 8
- April 12
- May 3
- June 7
- July 5 - Orchidfest
- September 6
- October 4
- November 1
- December 6
Importing Orchids into Canada
This is a very complex and sometimes frustrating topic.
Marilyn H. S. Light, Chair,
Conservation Committee of the Canadian Orchid Congress
sheds some light in this excellent article.