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)