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)