Next Monthly Meeting:
This month's treats brought to you by:
- Sales Start at 12:00 Noon (no earlier)
- Culture Snapshots meet at 12:15 in Garden Hall.
- Programme Starts at 1:00 pm
- This meeting will be in Garden Hall.
On May 12, our guest speaker will be Poul Hansen from British Columbia. He is a retired carpenter, newly accredited AOS judge, and has been growing orchids since 1972 – mostly Oncidium alliance but a smattering of Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, Cattleya, Lycaste and Dendrobium. He has designed and built three greenhouses over the years - each one larger than the last.
Since 1975 Poul has been fascinated by and with Miltoniopsis and flasks his own seed. He takes great joy in seeing new seedlings flower for the first time; he says that blooms on some of the progeny are more beautiful than on others.
Poul will have a limited selection of plants for attendees to purchase.
June 2, 2013
Our speaker will be Peter Lin of Big Leaf Orchids in Texas. He will be speaking about Phalaenopisis.
Peter has Phalae nopsis orchids for our members to purchase. This procedure may be done in advance of Peter's visit (via the internet and email) or in person on June 2.
- To find out which orchids are in stock, please see this part of the website: http://www.bigleaforchids.com/store/
- To place an order, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org :
- Please indicate very clearly that this is a purchase to be delivered at the June 2 meeting of SOOS
- If there are questions or clarification required, you may contact Peter by email.
- Deadline for advance orders is May 17, 2013
Sales at the June 2 Meeting:
- Payment will be by cash only, in Canadian dollars.
Plant of the Month
Heinz Ernstberger did it again and produced the “Plant Of The Month”! His Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidascope ‘Candy Stripe’ won him this honour by producing two branched
inflorescences on a big healthy plant. He places it on a top shelf on the west end of his greenhouse. So it gets lots of light and lots of heat. He has it in his regular mix of medium fir bark, small clay pellets, lots of charcoal and ½ inch size of sponge rock. He waters it once a week with very dilute fertilizer in rain-water and once a month with just plain water. His plants are on saucers except for the cattleyas and are therefore grown more or less semi-hydroponically. The plant has been in bloom since Christmas 2012, managed to survive the London ON show, then the Montreal show and will be going to the Toronto Artistic Society show shortly after the April SOOS meeting! Congratulations and many thanks for your generosity with your plants!
Other show table high lights:
Anita Kho told us that Lockhartia Gold Speck should be grown warm, shady and wet. Anita is experimenting with LED lights and is growing a lot of plants under two lights that provide a total of 2400 lumens.
Miltoniopsis Pretty in Pink ‘Swallowtail Dandy’ AM-AOS grown by Doug and Terry Kennedy at a cool temperature range from 14C to maximum 25C had a lovely inflorescence with pink flowers and a striking mask and a waterfall pattern over the rest of the lip. They grew it in bright light under lights in their basement, close to their cement floor. The plant was potted in New Zealand sphagnum lightened with crushed Styrofoam peanuts. The treatment is much like what they do with their lycastes.
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- Other meeting dates for 2013 are as follows. The topic of each meeting will be added closer to the date of each one:
- May 12
- June 02
- August 11: Orchidfest
- September 01
- October 06
- November 10
- December 01