Southern Ontario Orchid Society


Escape Winter!

SOOS Valentines Show February 13-14, 2016

Video of our 2015 show courtesy Kristen Reuel (oogalaboo on YouTube)



Our next regualar meeting is Sunday 6 March 2016

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Plant of the Month - 3 January 2016Plant of the Month

Erika Lorincz
Paphiopedilum venustum album

Erika Lorincz charmed us all with a beautiful specimen of Paphiopedilum venustum album. It had six blooms arranged all around the pot and their equal heights and bright green and clear yellow colour looked stunning. She grows it on a fairly cool windowsill that faces north-west. She grows it in the coconut husk based mix(with nut shells, moss, egg shells, cork bark and probably more! @$55/bag) sold by Eric Lee, but stretches it with more coconut chips. She waters once a week and adds MSU fertilizer to the water one week (one tablespoon per 15 l of water) , the next week she adds fish fertilizer to the water and the third week she flushes with plain water. Congratulations!

Orchid Fest 2016

Our very special guest at our August OrchidFest is Holger Perner of Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology in Sichuan, China.


2016 Membership on sale now at the membership desk.

Annual membership is $30 with the newsletter by email. Newsletter by Canada Post $15 extra unless you are a pre 2011 member in continuous good standing receiving the newsletter by Canada Post.

Payments accepted ONLINE

You can now join or renew your membership through this website (by PayPal). More info...

Future Meetings:

  • January 31
  • February 13 - 14  SOOS Annual Show!
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 8
  • June 5
  • August 7 OrchidFest
  • September 4
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4
Please check the Calendar for more events and details.

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.