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

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.

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 Register now using this link:

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:

–  Krystal Goulart (AOS Rep)