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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)

Show & Tell – November 2016

Photos by Ann Possinger

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

Show & Tell – October 2016

Photos by Ann Possinger

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.

AOS Webinar Graphic

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.