AOS News – April 2017


Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Homestead, Florida in conjunction with the Redland International Orchid Festival

AOS 2017-04 members meetingHotel rooms are going fast! The current hotel block is almost sold out. Make your reservations soon to take advantage of the special event pricing.

With your full registration, you can look forward to:

– Fabulous preview event. Enjoy unprecedented vendor access and pre-sales at the Redland International Orchid Festival and a catered dinner on site.

– “Orchids through the Artists’ Eyes.” This one-of-a-kind, beautifully curated collection of orchid art will impress and delight. Do not miss it.

– Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Considered one of the best gardens in the world, it has been the home of the AOS since 2012.

– The AOS Library Collection. One of the premier orchid libraries anywhere.

Do you want to know what is happening in the AOS? Please join us at the Town Hall meeting on Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 AM during “Fairchild Day.” National award winners will be recognized, judging elevations will be announced

AOS WEBINAR #1Virus Testing and Identification
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Members Only – Webinar Details PageRegistration Page

Join Janet Lamborn of Agdia as she discusses the various types of viruses that can affect your orchids and how to test for them.

AOS WEBINAR #2Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Tuesday, April 18, 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 orchid culture. Please submit your questions by Sunday, April 16th to

– Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)

Show & Tell – March 2017

Photos by Ann Possinger

AOS News – March 2017

ORCHIDS Vol. 86 No. 2 – February Issue

The February issue of Orchids magazine is so stellar that I am highlighting a couple of major articles. Don’t loose this issue under coffee table stacks. If you don’t have it, order it!

Extreme Bulbophylums pg 92
A list of Thomas Mirenda’s top 10 vying for the most bizarre, unearthly and beautiful but putrid smelling. Photos from the Smithsonian’s 40+ year collection with cultural info will WOW you!

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Photo: B.purpureorachis ‘Haley Suzanne’ is an unearthly African beauty.

Choosing Fertilizer Based on Water Quality pg 108
Wild orchids obtain their moisture through rainfall, dew and mist. This pure water collects dissolved minerals as it percolates down tree organic matter, through soil and rock strata and via waterways. Most orchids enjoy slightly acidic conditions. Too acidic renders most nutrients highly soluble which can lead to nutrient/fertilizer toxicity. Too alkaline can render nutrients insoluble. Balance is the key. Really digest these 9 pages of words of wisdom by legendary Roy Tokunaga to understand how to maintain your root zone pH. Happy roots makes happy plants.

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Photo: Saturation Test for Root Zone pH byRoy Tokunaga

Native Orchids of California pg 118
You now have 40 more reasons to adventure and hunt with abandon in our beautiful state. California boasts 35 species and 5 subspecies throughout all counties but Solano. Use this article as a guide and get hunting after this stormy season ends!

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Serious Eye Candy: C.montanum

Cattleya Constance Wigan pg 126

A fascinating history on why Cattleya Ophir was preferred over Cattleya Constance Wigan as an important early parent of yellow cattleya hybrids. C. Constance Wigan offers quite the breeding mystery.

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Photo: C. ophir

–  Krystal Goulart (VP & AOS Rep)