All posts by Robyn Chosy

BBQ & Auction – September 2016

Photos Courtesy of Ann Possinger & Robyn Chosy

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)

Re-Potting Party – July 2016

Photos Courtesy of Ann Possinger & Robyn Chosy

Show & Tell – August 2016

Photos by Ann Possinger