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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)