Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Next Meeting:

Sunday, 5 June 2016 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall

Speaker: Claudio Rossi on Easy Oddballs

Claudio is the founder and proprietor of Cloud’s Orchids. He is a former member of SOOS, an American Orchid Society judge and orchid hybridizer. His company sells many interesting orchid plants.

SOOS Valentines Show February 13-14, 2016 was a great success

New vidoe of the 2016 show courtesy Kristen Reuel (oogalaboo on YouTube)

2016 Ribbon Results

2016 Trophy Results

See Supporting Vendors

Plant of the Month - May 2016Plant of the Month

An- Li Sheng
Paphiopedilum [Paph.] Lebaudyanum (haynaldianum x philippinense)

Plant of the Month for May, 2016 What a well-flowered, beautifully clean plant An-Li brought for all of us to enjoy! It had two inflorescences of 5 and 6 flowers and buds respectively and two developing inflorescences coming along to extend the flowering period. An-Li has had the plant for about 15 years and lately has been growing it in ”Chinese stone” a pumice-like expanded clay product. She admitted freely that she does not always remember to water the plant when needed, but it seems to be very forgiving. She grows it with a night temperature of 10 to 15C. She uses a solution of 20-20-20 at almost all times for watering it since the pumice does not supply any nutrients. Congratulations on a job well done!

Orchid Fest 2016

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

We have the opportunity to pre-order plants.

Here is the Orchid Plant Price list and the Flask list.

The deadline for preorders is July 15

Payment is accepted in cash (US and CAD) or Paypal. As paypal China charges us 6%commission fee, we share the cost with our customers, you would pay 3%.

Please write to [email protected] for confirming availability, price, postage and shipping time.


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:

  • June 5 - Claudio Rossi
  • August 7 OrchidFest with Holger Penner
  • 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.