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AOS News – April 2017

AOS SPRING MEMBERS MEETING: May 17 – 21, 2017

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Homestead, Florida in conjunction with the Redland International Orchid Festival

AOS 2017-04 members meetingHotel rooms are going fast! The current hotel block is almost sold out. Make your reservations soon to take advantage of the special event pricing. https://aosmembersmeeting.com/hotel-registration/

With your full registration, you can look forward to:

– Fabulous preview event. Enjoy unprecedented vendor access and pre-sales at the Redland International Orchid Festival and a catered dinner on site.

– “Orchids through the Artists’ Eyes.” This one-of-a-kind, beautifully curated collection of orchid art will impress and delight. Do not miss it.

– Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Considered one of the best gardens in the world, it has been the home of the AOS since 2012.

– The AOS Library Collection. One of the premier orchid libraries anywhere.

Do you want to know what is happening in the AOS? Please join us at the Town Hall meeting on Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 AM during “Fairchild Day.” National award winners will be recognized, judging elevations will be announced


AOS WEBINAR #1Virus Testing and Identification
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Join Janet Lamborn of Agdia as she discusses the various types of viruses that can affect your orchids and how to test for them.

AOS WEBINAR #2Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members & Non-Members Invited
Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session orchid culture. Please submit your questions by Sunday, April 16th to stillisch@cox.net

– Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

AOS News – March 2017

ORCHIDS Vol. 86 No. 2 – February Issue

The February issue of Orchids magazine is so stellar that I am highlighting a couple of major articles. Don’t loose this issue under coffee table stacks. If you don’t have it, order it!

Extreme Bulbophylums pg 92
A list of Thomas Mirenda’s top 10 vying for the most bizarre, unearthly and beautiful but putrid smelling. Photos from the Smithsonian’s 40+ year collection with cultural info will WOW you!

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Photo: B.purpureorachis ‘Haley Suzanne’ is an unearthly African beauty.

Choosing Fertilizer Based on Water Quality pg 108
Wild orchids obtain their moisture through rainfall, dew and mist. This pure water collects dissolved minerals as it percolates down tree organic matter, through soil and rock strata and via waterways. Most orchids enjoy slightly acidic conditions. Too acidic renders most nutrients highly soluble which can lead to nutrient/fertilizer toxicity. Too alkaline can render nutrients insoluble. Balance is the key. Really digest these 9 pages of words of wisdom by legendary Roy Tokunaga to understand how to maintain your root zone pH. Happy roots makes happy plants.

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Photo: Saturation Test for Root Zone pH byRoy Tokunaga

Native Orchids of California pg 118
You now have 40 more reasons to adventure and hunt with abandon in our beautiful state. California boasts 35 species and 5 subspecies throughout all counties but Solano. Use this article as a guide and get hunting after this stormy season ends!

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Serious Eye Candy: C.montanum

Cattleya Constance Wigan pg 126

A fascinating history on why Cattleya Ophir was preferred over Cattleya Constance Wigan as an important early parent of yellow cattleya hybrids. C. Constance Wigan offers quite the breeding mystery.

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Photo: C. ophir

–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

AOS News – February 2017

ORCHID DIGEST Vol. 81-1 Jan, Feb, March 2017

The Role of Color in Orchids pg 30
by Carol Siegel, President of the Greater Las Vegas Orchid Society

An easy-to-read scientific article about color through the eye of the insects pollinating our favorite flower. It forces you to consider an orchid’s appeal through a different lens. Become one with a wasp, moth or fly and understand how color triggers them to eat, mate and lay eggs. Twilight Zone material!
Insects often see light spectrums that are invisible to the human eye, such as UV and Infrared light. Enhanced by their compound (faceted) eye structures, they interpret light differently from us, and it begs the question? how does orchid color make an insect tick?
This article abounds with examples of how color influences insect behaviors. Such as: white or cream colored orchids reflect light at dusk and in the evening thus attracting moths. It also discusses how the one third of nectar-lacking orchids deceive insects into the daily rituals that pollinize them. In brief, studies have found that orchids lacking nectar may be the keystone to “greater evolutionary fitness”. The insect is drawn in to eat; once realizing its follies and disappointed, it leaves immediately, flying further away. It is then attracted to other orchids, thereby increasing the natural genetic diversity of the area.
Read this article (order or check out the library copy) to better understand the electromagnetic spectrum, how insects interpret color and to learn what Batesian, generalized and guild mimicry means. Super fascinating and makes for great dinner conversation!


AOS WEBINAR #1 – The Dunes and t he Mist : Sanct uary and Ledges: Orchids of Sout hern Brazil
Thursday, February 9, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Join Nile Dusdieker as he chronicles a tour through Southern Brazil
looking for orchids, with Francisco Miranda and 8 of his closest
orchid friends.

AOS WEBINAR #2 – Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members & Non-Members Invited – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit your questions by Sunday, January 8th to stillisch@cox.net


–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

AOS News – January 2017

January – A Month to Look Forward to

It is pretty unbelievable to see our January speaker, Fred Clarke, in the December issue of Orchids magazine. Open to page 888 to see Fred receiving the AOSExcellence in Hybridizing Award for his work in the Catasetum Alliance. Then turn to page 920 to see a full page photo of Fredclarkeara Desert Tenor ‘Sunset Valley Orchids’, FCC/AOS, with more to follow in subsequent pages. Impressive and what a way to start off a great New Year for us!

Personal New Year’s resolutions may be hard to manage, but finding a “perfect flower” to add to your collection might be the easiest way to start that journey. Look to the genus Clowesia for that (“perfect” as having bisexual parts) and be impressed by its multi-week flower longevity and 12-30+ flower per infloresence count. Compact, pendulous and some having fragrance, you can easily find space and a reason to collect these fascinating gems.

Read about Clowesia and its Hybrids in the December issue on page 920. This genus only has 7 species and few intrageneric hybrids, but it has been used with great success in breeding with the Catasetum and Mormodia genera to impart and enhance many desirable features.


AOS WEBINAR #1Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members & Non-Members Invited – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit your questions by Sunday, January 8th to stillisch@cox.net


AOS WEBINAR #2Novelty Cattleyas with Fred Clarke
Tuesday, January 25, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

A look at a classic Paphiopedilum hybrid and its breeding influence. Join Dave Sorokowsky, owner of Paph Paradise, as he discusses the interesting history and hybridizing of this delightful Paph. So many of the Paph hybrids have Maudiae in their background; learn how it has influenced hybridizing over the years.


Cattleya intermedia (aquinii) ‘SVO Star Burst’ AM/AOS; Photographer:Arthur Pinkers

–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

AOS News – December 2016

Down the Eggnog & Drink Up Orchid Lore on the AOS Website!

As winter encroaches, and orchid growth diminishes, there may be time to take a breather and savor the end of that frenzied feeling you have during the rest of the year. Now that I have orchids, instead of curling up around a fire with a good suspense novel, I curl over books with names like – Vandas and Ascocendas and their Combinations with Other Genera. Yes, the simple life is over.

Though it may be hard to curl up around a computer, you can definitely curl your fingers around a mouse and still sip Hot Toddies. It is worthwhile to peruse the AOS website during this seasonal downtime to gather information about any orchid subject of interest to you. Enhance your orchid lore arsenal in preparation for the upcoming Spring. Members and non-members alike, scour the AOS website to glean tidbits that will take your growing to a new level!

Click on the All About Orchids tab to view the long list of resources provided: printable Culture Sheets, a visual dictionary of Pests and Diseases, full descriptions and cultural requirements of orchid genera from A to Z, an orchardist’s glossary (Zootrophion is a genus of 11 species with flowers resembling animal heads), the video library (20 short videos with subjects like: How to Pot a Keiki and Where to Cut a Phalaenopsis spike), links to publications, comprehensive book reviews and so much more!

AOS WEBINAR #1Judging Phalaenopsis with Tom Harper of St ones River Orchids
Tuesday, December 8, 2016 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page
1 Educational Hour for AOS Judges!!!

Phalaenopsis Joyce Stewart

Please join Tom Harper, a senior AOS Judge, owner of Stones River Orchids. Tom is a founding member of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance. Tom will discuss judging phalaenopsis. This program will qualify to fulfill one hour of the requirement of 12 education hours required annually for AOS judges.

AOS WEBINAR #2Maudiae Paphs: Past, Present and Future with Dave Sorokowsky
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

'Curtis' Stripe' HCC/AOS, 77pts (Paph. Hsinying Citron x Paph. Pat Rowland) Exhib: Curtis Lutchman Coalaition of Orchid Species Symposium; 7-24-11

A look at a classic Paphiopedilum hybrid and its breeding influence. Join Dave Sorokowsky, owner of Paph Paradise, as he discusses the interesting history and hybridizing of this delightful Paph. So many of the Paph hybrids have Maudiae in their background; learn how it has influenced hybridizing over the years.

–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)
Photos:
Top –  ‘Krull-Smith’ AM/AOS, 82pts (Phal. Timothy CHristopher x Phal. equestris)
Exhib: Krull-Smith – Deerfield Beach OS Show: 11-15-14

Bottom – ‘Curtis’ Stripe’ HCC/AOS, 77pts (Paph. Hsinying Citron x Paph. Pat Rowland)
Exhib: Curtis Lutchman – Coalaition of Orchid Species Symposium; 7-24-11

AOS News – November 2016

AOS WEBINARS – Members & Non-Members Invited

The AOS does a great job in offering webinars (online video presentations) to everyone at all hours of the day and night. Greenhouse chats about orchid culture and in-depth discussions regarding your favorite orchid genus, pest management and conservation are but a few of the subjects offered through this
highly accessible service. All you need is access to a computer.

What are the Greenhouse Chats all about? They are Q & A sessions giving broad spectrum overviews of orchid culture. Great for the BEGINNER looking to pinpoint a problem or looking for direction before doing further research. Free to all. September’s session touched on subjects ranging from mealybugs, growing under lights, orchid naming, magic carpets, re-blooming and fertilizer. Ron McHatton speaks to a worldwide audience, so his discussions cover a wide angle view.

Registered and missed it? No worries. You can still watch last September’s webinar, Wonderful World of Phragmipediums by Jason Fischer. Did you know that the most successful pollination of P. besseae occurs within the first 48 hrs of blooming? Get to it!

New to it all? Visit the AOS website and scroll to the bottom. Click on the Webinars image. Scroll through listings of future and past webinars dating back t o March 2014. Register for an upcoming webinar or instantly view an old one! Click on your subject of choice, click watch now, enter your name and email address, click register and instantly watch at your leisure. Press pause, re-wind or fast-forward. Re-watch again! You control it. You don’t have to register for an upcoming webinar to be a part of it.

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Please take advantage of this wonderfully educational service. While most webinars are open to non-members, some do require AOS membership – just another great reason to join!

AOS WEBINAR #1Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Members & Non-Members Invited – Visit Registration Page

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q & A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have questions, please submit them by November 8th to stillisch@cox.net

AOS WEBINAR #2How to Grow Killer Odonts Without Getting Frostbite with Russ Vernon
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Members Only – Visit Registration Page

How to Grow Killer OdontsLearn how to grow those fabulous Odontoglossums! The regal Odontoglossums have a long tradition of finding favor among orchid connoisseurs. Their colorful and often intricately patterned flowers make them well worth the effort to grow them if you can provide the right conditions. Join Russ Vernon as he shows how their cultural requirements can be easily met.

AOS News – October 2016

ORCHID CULTURE – Cymbidium goeringii

Cymbidium goeringii
Notable is the common practice of covering developing flower buds with foil or pvc pip to deepen flower color

A fabulous article about cultivating C.goeringii in South Korea awaits you on pg 124 of this summer’s Orchid Digest. The author’s visit to the Korean Orchid Society coincides with the famed national Cymbidium goeringii auction and great storytelling, culture tips and photos follow.

A major misconception about this orchid is that it is a “cool grower.” In fact, C.goeringii prefers 68F + temperatures during the active growing season. Continual cool summer weather will cause plant decline over the years.

ORCHID CONSERVATION – Preserving the endangered Ghost Orchid

D.lindenii Ghost Orchid
D.lindenii Ghost Orchid

Due to the common poaching of D.lindenii, about 2,000 ghost orchids remain wild in Florida today. Incredibly, this is about to change. Recent results from a team of researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have shown that a successful laboratory seed culturing technique for the Ghost Orchid has been established.

Once cultured, the seedlings are acclimatized in a greenhouse and later reintroduced back into the wild. Thus far, 70 out of 80 ghost orchids cultured within Professor Kane’s UF lab have survived in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier county.  Read more about this orchid conservation success story on page 118. For those who don’t subscribe, inquire with our Society Librarian.

AOS WEBINAR #1 – Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
Members & Non-Members invited

Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit by October 2nd to stillisch@cox.net. Register now using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5542827607459102465

AOS WEBINAR #2 – The Cattleya Alliance in Mexico with Ron McHatton
Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 8:30 – 9:30 PM EDT
Members only

Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, will present a survey of the Cattleya Alliance in Mexico. Register now using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/433628621930055193

–  Krystal Goulart (AOS Rep)

AOS News – September 2016

BE INSPIRED. BE CREATIVE.
Sometimes you may unexpectedly find yourself to be the vessel for others’ inspirations. Such as the other day when I arrived home and shockingly found a 6 foot fallen redwood tree trunk in my backyard. With no redwood trees in sight, I was seriously confused. Then I noticed a semi-hidden misting system pointing to a patch of lush moss on the end of the log. Out comes my boyfriend from the side gate with more pieces of strange looking wood. “It’s for your orchids!” he blurts out. He saved a high traffic road from a fallen tree and felt compelled to transform it into a life size orchid mount. Mind blown! Sitting in full Santa Rosa heat and sun I feel limited with orchid options, but when I witness the enthusiasm, creativity and fearlessness of my other half (installing misting systems, planting nearby trees for shade and carving orchid root nooks), I am filled with an intense orchid growing spirit. Don’t give up! Educate yourself regarding your orchid growing dreams and forge ahead! Read Unusual Natural Mounts in the August issue of Orchids Magazine. Awesome ideas, sound techniques and culturing advice, this article will get your creative juices flowing and excite you into transforming any natural material into a prized orchid mount.

AOS WEBINAR #1Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatt
Thursday September 8, 2016 @ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
Members & Non-Members invited
Please join Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society Director of Education, for a Q&A session on how to grow and care for your orchids. If you have a question, please submit by August 8th to stillisch@cox.net. Register now using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9103301344895379713

AOS WEBINAR #2Wonderful World of Phragmipediums by Jason Fischer
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @8:30 PM EDT
Members only
Join Jason Fischer of Orchids Limited in Plymouth, Minnesota, as he discusses some of the wonderful phragmipediums and how to grow them. Register now using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/552365872121886541

–  Krystal Goulart (AOS Rep)

AOS News – May 2016

Wow! The American Orchid Society (AOS) has a brand new website! I took a look at it today and it’s pretty cool. The website address is aos.org and the first thing you’ll notice are the pretty new pastel colors. I like a good look, but I’m mostly a ‘content’ girl. Not content; I mean I’m pretty rowdy most of the time, but rather content – you know, the meat in the sandwich, the stuffing the turkey, the frosting in the oreo. Got it?

Growing orchids is a journey. Some of us have been at it for much of our lifetime, while others of us are still wiping the drool off our chin while staring entranced at our first orchid. Regardless, we all have questions from time-to-time. While the addiction adventure is incredibly rewarding, it wouldn’t be an adventure without challenges.

As a member of the American Orchid Society (AOS), you don’t have to face those challenges alone. Being part of the AOS community means having thousands of peers and mentors around the world to guide and support you on your path to orchid growing bliss.

While there are still many great freebees for non members, membership in AOS is a wonderful thing and gets you some of the exclusive goodies only available to members. Fantastic articles in ORCHIDS magazine, live and on-demand webinars, live question and answer chats… where you can have your specific questions addressed, physical shows, conferences and events…and most important, your AOS membership card which proves you are on the road to that exalted platform where the expert orchid growers live, close to the sun, looking down at the rest of us and beckoning…..beckoning……

Please consider joining the American Orchid Society. With your membership you receive Orchids Magazine. If you don’t know what the magazine looks like, see our Librarian, Helen Orgill, to borrow issues. See me with any questions.

The following is a link to AOS articles for beginning growers: www.aos.org/orchids/orchid-care.aspx
and a link to public webinars (available to non-AOS members: http://www.aos.org/orchids/webinars.aspx?p=1&f=1#recorded

–  Karen Wofford (AOS Rep)

AOS News – February 2016

Volunteer Spot is Ready for Sign Ups!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Spring Show Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:
http://vols.pt/nszjMb

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

This is such a simple way to sign up and see what jobs are available!

Details: When you type http://vols.pt/nszjMb into your web browser, you will see a welcome page for the Sonoma County Orchid Society Show. You will be asked for your email address.

Once you put in your email address, click NEXT and you’ll be able to see all the great jobs available for sign up. Do yourself a favor though, and click the open square that says “Hide Full Spots”. Otherwise you will see EVERY job that is listed, even though they are already filled.

Have fun scrolling down the page to see what the jobs are and if one piques your interest, click the orange “Sign Up!” button. Once you click the button, you will be prompted to add your name and phone number. This information is only for me and the committee chair you are working for. That’s it. No one from VolunteerSpot will use this information in any way. That is their guarantee. If they do, I’ll personally represent you in the lawsuit.

That’s it! You’re finished! You can remove your name later if you need to and you can swap with other people. Within a few minutes, the program will send you an automated email welcoming you and listing any jobs you have signed up for. (Ed. Note: You can get to VolunteerSpot to access your signup or make changes at anytime by using this link http://vols.pt/nszjMb )

Any changes that are made to your job between now and April will automatically be sent to you by email. A few days before the event, you will get another email reminder that confirms what job and hours you have signed up for.

Not all volunteer positions are listed yet. Bookmark the web address and check back if you don’t see the job you are looking for. An email blast will go out to everyone once all jobs are listed.

Looking forward to the Show and seeing you all there!

PS. Anyone not comfortable using their email address online, please call me, Karen Wofford, 707-975-4299 and I can sign you up manually.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE NEWEST AOS AWARDS AT the California Sierra-Nevada Judging Center at http://www.csnjc.org/ and the Pacific Central Judging Center at http://www.paccentraljc.org/

–  Karen Wofford (AOS Rep)