September Orchid Auction & BBQ
Your Board of Directors
August Show & Tell Photos
SCOS Members Updates
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
There is no regular meeting this month.
Come join the fun at our Annual Orchid Auction and BBQ! It's a not to be missed event ! Bring a friend and introduce him/her to the friendly SCOS members and the world of orchids. Contact BBQ@SonomaOrchids.com.
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I hope you were at our last meeting and enjoyed our speaker Ken
Jacobsen. It's interesting how the emphasis on Cymbidiums is going back to the species, and our big standard Cymbidiums aren't being awarded as
often. That being said, I love the big standards and the large bloomed
hybrids! The raffle table was amazing. If you didn't stay for the raffle,
it was your loss. I walked away with two beautiful plants, well grown and
correctly potted and labeled...can't get that at TJ's! . Thank you to Ken and his wife Amy who provided a wonderful raffle table!
In October we will have a special skills session, and we encourage our members to bring a friend. We all have that friend who buys supermarket orchids, and when they're almost dead (the orchid that is, not your friend), these poor suffering victims arrive on your doorstep. I know you will miss getting to "rehabilitate" these orchids...but bring your friend to see Susan Anderson tell us "How to Grow Your Supermarket Orchid and Get it to Rebloom"! It will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 immediately before our general meeting.
I hope you have a great time at the Orchid Auction and BBQ at Jeanne's home. Thank you Jeanne and everyone else who make the Auction & BBQ happen.
See you and "that" friend at the next skill session in October. Be early!
Thanks to Terry Leech, Cathy Thompson, Ann Shippey, June Maiden, Billie MacCarthy, Josie Lee and Jerry Richard who brought refreshments to our August meeting.
The election of the Board of Directors for your Society's 2018-2019 fiscal year running 7/1/18 thru 6/30/19 was held at the July 10th meeting. The elected board members are listed below. Please get to know them when you come to meetings and/or events.
2018-2019 SCOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President June Maiden - email@example.com
Secretary Ann Conger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Karen Wofford & Ann Possinger - email@example.com
Membership Billie MacCarthy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways & Means vacant
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - email@example.com
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Dendrobium Fire Coral - Susan Anderson
Blc Ann Cleo "Doris' - Earl Rathbun
august show & tell
Paph Catherine Briols - Dale Martin
The link to see all photos is https://photos.app.goo.gl/jbBZjaQ5uXL2SpeB8
Aerides odorata - Chen-Hao
Burr Sunkissed 'Buttercup' - Carolyn Fisher
SCOS 8/21/18 Board Meeting
In Attendance: Alison Bies, President; June Maiden, Vice President; Karen Wofford, Co-Treasurer; Ann Conger, Secretary; Billie MacCarthy, Membership; Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall, Meetings; Susan Anderson, Communications
Treasurer's Report: Karen reported bank balance $24,008.46. Deposit has been made to the facility for the holiday party.
Communications: Susan will ask Robyn to put the by-laws on the website.
Holiday Party: Susan made a motion that the cost per person be $25. The society will subsidize the cost as was done last year. The number of silent auction plants and cost was discussed. We brainstormed ideas to bring in more money to support the party. Deposit has been paid.
Spring Show: Sign ups for show chairs need to happen soon. We discussed more advertising. Members should be asked for advertising ideas.
Facebook: Haili is willing to manage the society's Facebook page.
Skill sessions: We discussed ways to improve the skill sessions. Susan will do a session on "How to keep your store bought orchid alive" at the October meeting.
Computer: Alison checked out her extra computers. They will not work for the society. She investigated Costco computers with Windows and Powerpoint for $500-600. She will get a firm price.
Haili suggested that the society offer small bags of bark for sale at meetings. She also suggested that our speakers talk about their preferred potting mix.
Newsletter: We could request that wine corks be saved to use in potting.
Want to WIN a free raffle ticket? Bring a refreshment to share!
Let the folks at the opportunity table know when you bring a refreshment to receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing. Winner gets first choice from the opportunity table as a Thank You for helping out!
Refreshments are based on the first letter of your last name so check the calendar below for the monthly meeting that corresponds with your last name.
Please consider bringing a snack even when "it is not your turn". The more goodies, the better! PLUS you still receive a free raffle ticket and who doesn't want that!
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Please wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag.
It's That Time - RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We have 141 members but only 89 have renewed/paid for the 2018-2019 year. Renew now!
We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. Just stop by the membership table and Billie MacCarthy will be glad to assist. Forgot cash or your checkbook? No worries... simply renew online using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
WE NEED yOUR HELP!
Like many non-profit organizations, we rely solely on volunteers to accomplish the day-to-day business of running the Society in addition to organizing and staffing special events. The SCOS needs your help! It would be greatly appreciated if you can spare just a few hours monthly or help out from time to time during special events.
The position of Ways and Means on the Board of Directors needs to be filled for the fiscal year starting 7/1/18: If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Refreshment Calendar
Have an announcement? Personal story regarding your trials and tribulations growing orchids? Send it to us before the 23rd of the month and we will add it to the newsletter as space allows. Newsletter@SonomaOrchids.com
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
N - R
SCOS Member's page
SAVE THE DATE & REGISTER: The AOS FALL meeting site is now active & we invite you to register and join us at The American Orchid Society 2018 Fall Members Meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the 19th International Slipper Orchid Symposium on October 31 - November 3, 2018, in Apopka, Florida. If you love Paphs, this is a meeting you won’t want to miss. There will be an AOS judging of plants as part of this event, and a private BBQ at Krull-Smith Nursery.
Get your registration in and remember to put the dates into your calendar. You’ll have to check back for a finalized schedule of events but you can register for text message notifications and you won’t miss anything. Make sure to take a look around the site to check out info on nearby accommodations, speakers, vendors, etc. Online registration is at: https://aosmembersmeeting.com/. Information on the symposium venue is here: https://www.slippersymposium.com/
It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website www.aos.org. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab. If you check there, you will find any webinars that have been scheduled after the production of the monthly Corner.
WHAT ARE WEBINARS? Webinars are an Internet conference where you can hear the speaker and view his presentation, ask questions, and hear interactions from other members of the audience. You can join either on your computer or by phone. You can join from anywhere, via your Mac, PC or even your mobile device. Audio is included, so attendees can phone in or use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). You will need a microphone for your computer to use VoIP.
WANT TO LEARN, BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.
By Lynne Murrell
As Thomas Mirenda so colorfully described in his August 2007 column for Orchids, September brings relief for our orchids, after a long hot summer:
Cooler temperatures are starting to prevail. Whether your orchids summered outside or in, the return of cool nights triggers many orchids to initiate flower spikes. The summer heat, particularly hot nights, can be stressful for many intermediate-growing species and hybrids. Often plants that may have stopped growing in July and August will now resume as temperatures begin to replicate those of their montane habitats. Look at plants carefully now for new tender emerging spikes and renewed root growth.
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Wednesday, September 5th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PST
Everyone Welcome! – Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton for a Q&A session on orchid culture. Everyone is invited. If you have a question, please submit your questions by September 2nd to email@example.com
THE CONCESSION STAND:
No, do not give your orchids hot buttered popcorn and gigantic $5 sodas. But they do want nutrients this month, so do not forget to fertilize them just because it has gotten cooler. If you have young plants that are not old enough to bloom, you can still fertilize with a higher nitrogen formula and let them continue to grow vegetatively. However, if your plants are blooming size, you may want to get away from high nitrogen formulas at this time or you could inhibit blooming on cymbidiums, dendrobiums and phalaenopsis, which should be forming spikes soon as the long nights increase, and the nighttime temperatures drop.
GOTTA WEAR SHADES:
Orchids continue to need shade as protection from the hot and sunny days that are still likely to occur this month. Even though the effects of high light are lessened when temperatures are cooler, there is still potential for plants to burn. Careful attention must be paid during this transition period.
BACK IN THE MANSION:
If your orchids have been summering outside now is the time to begin prepping the indoor growing area for their return. Whether it is a greenhouse, a windowsill, a lightroom or a terrarium, a little preplanning cleaning, sterilizing and organizing will allow for carefree transitions of the plants as the cold season approaches. It is also advisable to check out the plants for hitchhikers, such as weeds, insects and parasites. You want a “star pad” for your orchids, not for oxalis or mealybugs. Take some time to individually go through those plants outside and find and treat any critters that may be thinking they are part of the entourage. Expel them now before they move in and take over.
With the blooming season about to resume, you should make sure cameras are ready for what will likely be an excellent set of blooms on your collection. For your newer plants, the approaching blooms are anticipated as much as long-awaited film premiers and their red-carpet moments. It is almost like following your favorite stars from early independent films to wildly successful Hollywood blockbusters. Yes, you knew them “when.” But you have the added joy of knowing you helped them get where they are today.
Some Show & Tell Plants from August Meeting
Slc Circle Spirit - Earl Rathbun Neofinetia Falcata - Judy Carney
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
SCOS BBQ & Orchid Auction, September 8th. 11-3 pm, $7/person; choice of chicken or tri-tip; bring a dish to share. Contact Ann Possinger at BBQ@sonomaorchids.com to sign up.
South Bay Orchid Society Show & Sale, September 15-16
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA www.southbayorchidsociety.com/Show/index.html
California Orchids Fall Sale! , September 22
9am - 4 pm. There will be lots of unusual orchids, many sizes and great bargains! 515 Aspen Rd. Bolinas, CA, www.californiaorchids.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 868-0203
Fascination of Orchids International Show & Sale, September 29-30 South Coast Plaza Village, 1621 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, CA
Andy's Orchids Open House, October 5-7
734 Ocean View Ave, Encinitas, CA - see flyer below
Carmel Orchid Society's Fall Orchid Festival, October 26-27
9am - 4pm. 450 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA - see flyer below
AOS 2018 Fall Members Meeting, Oct 31 - Nov 3
Is being held in conjunction with the 19th International Slipper Orchid Symposium in Apopka, Florida.
Online registration at https://aosmembersmeeting.com/
Information on the symposium venue is here: https://www.slippersymposium.com/
Sept 8 - BBQ & Orchid Auction, see flyer page 1
Sept 15-16 - South Bay Orchid Show & Sale, Palos Verdes, CA
Sept 22 - California Orchids Fall Sale, Bolinas, CA
Sept 29-30 - Fascination of Orchids Int'l Show & Sale,
Santa Ana, CA
Oct 5-7 - Andy's Orchids Open Greenhouse, Encinitas, CA
Oct 26-27 - Carmel Fall Orchid Festival, Carmel
Oct 31 - Nov 3 - AOS Fall Members Meeting, Apopka, FL
Feb 22-24, 2019 - Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco
Mar 29-31, 2019 - SCOS Show & Sale - mark your calendars
Despite the shortening days and lowering angle of the sun, September can still be one of the hottest months. Water and fertilizer need to be in balance with heat and light. The alert grower will notice, however, that his or her plants are beginning to slow down a bit. Growths are maturing, and the sheaths are giving the promise of the next six-months' bloom.
Check plants for potting needs for the last time this season. Any in dire need should be potted, even some that may be on the cusp, as there is just enough of the growing season left to allow the plants to establish before the days start to get really short and cold.
This is the month for purples derived from Cattleya labiata breeding to flower. If you are short on flowers, look into this group. There is nothing that can quite match this type for beauty and fragrance. They are easy to grow, too.
Plants summered outdoors should begin to be prepared to be brought back into the winter growing area. Clean the plants up and be on the lookout for any pests they may have picked up during the summer. Treat as necessary.
This little-known and under-appreciated genus, which can have male or female flowers, is at its best in the autumn. Two of the spectacular varieties are Cycnoches loddigesii, with its large brown flowers resembling a prehistoric bird, and Cycnoches chlorochilon, the swan orchid. This last one has large, fragrant green flowers. The biggest problem, culturally, will be red spider mite infestations that require immediate attention. Plants are quite seasonal, requiring heavy watering in the growing season and then a drier dormant winter season.
Summer can be the most rewarding season for cymbidiums. Growths should be coming strong now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Early flowering varieties should be showing flower spikes, so move the plants into a cooler area with lower light. For mid-season varieties, lower the dosage of nitrogen to assist in spike initiation.
monthly checklist Sept & Oct
the green swan orchid
This is a good season for hybrids of the Dendrobium phalaenopsis and Dendrobium canaliculatum types. Both are capable of putting on tremendous shows of long-lasting flowers. Fertilize with a low-nitrogen formula to promote the best flowers. Dendrobium phalaenopsis can get tall and top heavy, suggesting an attractive and heavy container would be appropriate for this type.
Dendrobium Burana Stripe is a popular
and easy phalaenopsis-type hybrid
Standard, green-leaved paphiopedilums begin to show their bloom sheaths this month. Late-season heat waves can blast these early sheaths, so be observant about proper cooling and air circulation. As with the rest of your plants that may have been summered outdoors, it is time to prepare for their move inside. Clean each plant and implement pest-control practices. Repotting, if necessary, is appropriate.
The bulk of this season's growth is being ripened this month, with growers in cooler climates seeing the first emerging inflorescences. Some night heating may be necessary in the cooler areas. Begin to watch watering more carefully, and reduce feeding proportionately with reduced watering needs. An extra dose of phosphorus and potassium, such as a bloom-booster or high-acid-type fertilizer, is beneficial.
Once known as Odontoglossum grande, this is a spectacular orchid with six to eight flowers up to 8 inches across. Often known as the tiger orchid, it has bright golden yellow flowers heavily marked with chestnut brown barring. The plants are beautiful with a grey-green cast to the foliage, which is borne on succulent pseudobulbs. It prefers hot and wet summers with cooler, even down to 40 F, dry winters. Grow under filtered light. Watch for snails and slugs that eat the flowers, pseudobulbs and leaves.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
monthly checklist Sept & oct
CORKS - Some members are using corks in bottoms of pots or even as planting medium. Feel free to save your corks and bring them to meetings for anyone who wants them.
GARDEN ART SUNCATCHERS:
Dazzling, colorful glass and porcelain flowers make a great addition to any garden, if not for yourself, as a one-of-a-kind gift, (made from re-purposed plates). To see pictures of individual pieces, contact Billie MacCarthy at any SCOS meeting, Email or call 707.303.6867