Holiday Party Flyer
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
There is no regular meeting on Tuesday, December 12th.
If you want to attend our Holiday Party on December 12th but
haven't yet signed up, email Billie at
HolidayParty@SonomaOrchids.com to see if the venue can
accommodate you. You must sign up and pay before
attending. Even though sign up cut off was November 28th,
we might be able to squeeze you in to our party! Contact
Billie right away!
A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
By Jeanne VanBlarcom
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Greetings Orchid Friends,
I pray you are all doing well as we head into the rest of the holiday season and that you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving surrounded with people who are special to you. We all have so very much to be thankful for, although we know that many in our community are still struggling with the loss of their homes.
We missed many of you at the November meeting! Ron Parsons gave a wonderful presentation with a great slide show which included scenery as well as orchids in their native habitat of Mallorca, Spain. We certainly appreciate the fact that he was able to fill in for the scheduled speaker who had to cancel. Our V.P. Krystal does such a fantastic job of scheduling our speakers in spite of the unexpected.
Our Holiday Party is fast approaching, and it is our hope that many of you will join us. To show our appreciation for each of you, the board voted to cap the price at $25.00 for all members, and in addition we will comp any member who lost their home in the recent fires. Billie has made all the arrangements – the buffet menu looks great plus she always does a beautiful job of decorating. A bonus is the silent auction. Dale Martin has ordered the orchids that will decorate our tables and will fill in as needed from his greenhouse. You can participate in the gift exchange if you choose to do so. If you haven’t already signed up and wish to attend, you must contact Billie immediately to see if we can accommodate you. There are always so many people to thank for extending time and effort for all our events! Many hands make light work and make it fun for all!!
We are now working with a full board with the addition of Ann Conger as Director of Ways & Means, and Susan Anderson as Director of Media & Communications. Many of you know that Ann Possinger stepped up to produce the newsletter. We need a full and active board to make the best decisions for the Society as a whole.
A great deal of thought and planning is going into the Spring Show on 3/31 and 4/1 – so we need you all to think about what part you can play in its overall success. We need your blooms for our display, and we need your hands to make it all work. The kick-off meeting will be held in January 18th at 6:30 at Jeanne's house. ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reach out and share the joy!
AOS december Webinars
Orchid Digest Vol. 81-4
New Fossil Evidence Shows Beetles Pollinated Orchids Million of Years Ago.......... page 191
There are several families of beetles that pollinate orchids (carrion beetles and Bulbophyllums being a popular example) and it has been recently discovered that beetles have continued this activity for millions of years.
George Poinar, an entomologist of Oregon State University, has discovered two beetles dating back to 22-26 million years old, with orchid pollinia attached (photo shows pollinia in the beetle’s mouth parts). These beetles and orchid pollinia were preserved in amber found in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas
A new book has been published by Cribb & Purver that covers Phragmipedium, Mexipedium and Selenipediumthat is said to sort out the unclear boundaries between the Phrag. species.
This beautifully illustrated book contains botanical paintings by Carol Woodin, in situ photos and locality maps. It explores the historic taxonomic name changes from the once all encompassing Cypripediumgenus into their current groupings. It also contains a fascinating chapter on cytology that lists species chromosome numbers as well as a section on pollination in the wild.
Of course, the bulk of this book is an examination of the individual species and also contains a chapter on the 8 known natural hybrids complete with popular artificial hybrids and a chapter on cultivation.
If you are a slipper lover, consider purchasing this first English monograph to cover the tropical American slipper orchids.
Visit https://www.castlepress.net/orchids to order.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 -6:30 PM PS
Open to All–Webinar Details Page – Registration Page
Join Ron McHatton who will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec 10th.
By Krystal Goulart
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!
WE NEED 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. Below is a list of a few upcoming volunteer opportunities:
AOS /Orchid Digest Representative: Requires an active AOS membership and is responsible for obtaining content for the AOS/Digest Corner to be published in the monthly newsletter. Attendance at monthly board meetings is preferred but optional. 2-4 hours monthly. Contact Krystal for more details.
Website Updates: Requires some knowledge of WordPress and is responsible for keeping the site updated with fresh content including upcoming events, speaker information, calendar dates, event images and various other information which our members might find useful. 2-6 hours monthly. Contact Robyn for more details.
2018 Spring Show: This is the Society's major fund-raiser of the year and we look to our valued members to assist in this endeavor. No orchid knowledge is required for a majority of the open positions and it is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow orchid lovers!
We have several openings for Committee Chairs. If you want more information about the show and the various volunteer opportunities available, please contact Jeanne for more information
Have a special talent or expertise in an area you don't see listed but want to help? Contact Jeanne and let her know your area of interest - we will gladly accept all offers of assistance!
2017 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
Thank you to the following members who brought refreshments to the November meeting:
CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!
The winner of the attendance drawing at the November meeting was Martha Brankline.
The winner of the 3 month plant drawing was
We have 106 paid members.
scos facebook page
Don't forget to "Like" the SCOS Facebook Page! Help promote our page by posting pictures of your orchids and "liking" fellow member posts! Also, check our page for event info!
Help new members learn your name (or us folks who just have a hard time remembering!) Don’t forget to wear your name badge or stop by the membership table to make a paper name tag!
If you would like to order a permanent name badge, email Lynne Murrell email@example.com
contribute to Mary gerritsen's next book!
Do you grow orchids hydroponically, semi-hydroponically or in a terrarium?
If so, Mary Gerritsen would like to talk to you about your experiences.
She is working on a new basic culture book for the American Orchid Society and would like to get some input from people growing orchids under these conditions. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP DUES RENEW EACH JULY
The annual $25 Membership Dues support our society & offer great member benefits! If you have not already done so, please renew your dues!
We accept cash, check or credit card at every General Meeting. Stop by the membership table and Lynne Murrell will be glad to assist.
Online renewal is available using a credit card or PayPal. Visit the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL page on our website. It's quick, easy and secure!
Highlights from Board Meeting of November 16, 2017
Present: Jeanne VanBlarcom, President; Cindy Bertino, Secretary; Billie MacCarthy, Meetings; Karen Wofford, Treasurer; Lynne Murrell, Membership; Krystal Goulart, Vice President;
Absent: Angelique Fry, Past President
Visitors: Susan Anderson, Earl Rathbun, & Ben Snow
Membership:107 paid members and 39 not paid
Old Business: Some changes made to the proposed Bylaws. The revised Bylaws were approved as amended. Earl stated that the revised Bylaws should go into the January newsletter so members can read, and they will be voted on at the February monthly meeting.
Decision was made to change the board meetings to the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Motion approved to appoint Susan Anderson to Director of Media and Communications.
Linda Eggleston will do walk through with fire department.
Idea for display - Rainbow of Orchids
Letters sent to 33 vendors, only 2 have been returned.
Kick off show meeting will be January 18th at 6:30 pm at Jeanne's house.
If you are planning to vacation, or need a caretaker, I am available to care for your home, garden and/or greenhouse. I also provide piano concerts in the home or for organizations. Contact Nixy Rickles, 415.336.9446 or email@example.com. Thank you!
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
12/12: SCOS Holiday Dinner
See flyer at end. 6-10 pm.
January 6-7 - Sarasota Orchid Society Annual Show
January 12-14 - North Jersey Orchid Society Show & Sale
January 12-14 - Miami Orchid Society Show & Sale
January 19 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growsers Sale
January 19-21 - Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show & Sale
January 19-21 - Virginia Orchid Show & Sale
January 27-28- - Minnesota Orchid Show & Sale
January 27-28 - Cape & Islands Orchid Show & Sale
January 27-28 - Grand Valley Orchid Show & Sale
January 27 - National Capital Paph Forum
January 27-28 Peninsula Orchid Show & Sale
Sarasota Orchid Society Annual Show
January 6 - 7, 2018 at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium,
801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
North Jersey Orchid Society Show and Sale
January 12 - 14, 2018 at the Douglass Student Center at Rutgers University, 100 George St., New Brunswick, NJ.
Miami Orchid Society "Tamiami International Orchid Festival" January 12 - 14, 2018 at the Dade County Fairgrounds Expo Center,
Fuchs Pavilion, 10901 Coral Way (SW 24 St.), Miami, FL
Fort Lauderdale Orchid Society Show "Orchid Jubilee"
January 19 - 21, 2018 at the War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Virginia Orchid Society Show "Orchids at Pooh Corner"
January 19 - 21, 2018 at the Strange's Garden Center,
12111 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Orchid Society of Minnesota "Winter Carnival Orchid Show" January 27 - 28, 2018 at the Como Park, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory,
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN.
Cape and Islands Orchid Society Show
January 27 - 28, 2018 at the The Resort and Conference Center,
35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis, MA.
Grand Valley Orchid Society Show
January 27 - 28, 2018 at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park,
1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI
National Capital Orchid Society "Paphiopedilum Forum"
January 27, 2018 at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC.
Peninsula Orchid Society Show & Sale
January 27 - 28, 2018 at the Community Activities Building,
1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City, CA.
Slc Isabelle Stone - Earl Rathbun
Unknown - Nixy Rickles
L gouldiana - Earl Rathbun
Growers of just about every level of expertise will have begun to notice autumn conditions by now. Days are becoming shorter, hence cooler; the sunlight has less intensity as a result of the sun's lowering angle, nights are longer and generally cooler. Plants are responding by slowing and ripening their growth in preparation for winter.
The first cultural change noticed should be a reduced frequency of watering, as the plants dry out more slowly. This is a function of both the reduced day length and lower temperatures, as well as the plants' slowing growth rate. Reduced water needs signal a reduced need for fertilization. Note that the key word is reduced, not eliminated. Feed less frequently and at lower dosage, but feed. Growths, made during summer's heat, and relatively soft and green, will be ripening -- hardening -- in preparation for a brief period of rest (in many cases).
Many of these ripening growths will have a sheath, presaging the coming winter or spring flowering season. In some cases, these sheaths will have been evident since as early as July. (Early sheath development does not mean early flowering on plants with winter-spring seasons.) You may notice that some of these sheaths are showing signs of yellowing. This is not abnormal. Autumn's more pronounced temperature fluctuation can lead to water condensation inside the sheath, hastening the normal process of senescence, so yellowing sheaths can be left on the plant only so long before they must be carefully removed to preserve the bud primordia within. Water condensation left unchecked can rot the bud primordia. The sheaths can be safely removed by slitting open and peeling down toward the pseudobulb.
One can almost hear a sigh of relief from all of the cool-growers, from masdevallias to odontoglossums. As day temperatures decline, one can see a noticeable improvement in these plants. Shorter days and lower light levels do not seem to bother them. Repot before winter arrives.The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
Finally we begin in earnest the main cymbidium season.Cymbidium ensifoliumcan give some early and fragrant hybrids, but it is now that the bulk of the crop will be flowering. The season lasts for about seven months, adding color to any collection. Miniature varieties will peak for the next three to four months. There are three important things to do: stake inflorescences ramrod straight for best presentation, watch for slugs and snails (especially just after a rain), and fertilize with a mild balanced formula regularly.
Oncidium crispum Complex
This is the season for plants in Oncidium section crispum from Brazil to shine. Extremely vigorous hybrids come in wide varieties of markings dominated with chestnut and brown and butter yellow. Give plants high light to produce strong upright inflorescences. The pseudobulbs should be plump, so do not let the plants dry out while they are in bloom. Later, plants will enter a dormant period.
The flowering season forthe "toads" or "bulldog" paphs is just getting underway. These cannot be grown everywhere, but where cooler summer nights allow their growth, there is no longer-lasting or more exotic display than these. Paphiopedilums are, in general, not heavy feeders, and it is especially important with this type to reduce nitrogen levels now for best flowering and spike length. Be watchful for water accumulating in the growth around the sheath, or for the late-season warm spell, either of which can lead to the sheath's rotting. As the spikes emerge, do not change the orientation of the plant toward the light, as this can lead to a crooked or twisted spike
While paphiopedilums rarely like to dry out entirely, water needs are significantly reduced beginning now. Overwatering at this time of year can quickly lead to root rot or erwinia problems. Now is the time to practice good sanitary practices in your greenhouse or growing areas, as pest and disease problems have a way of multiplying rapidly in the darker and more crowded conditions that generally mark the winter growing area. With paphiopedilums, especially, "cleanliness is next to godliness" and if the growing area is littered with old foliage, weeds and dying flowers, keeping the plants alive and flowering will be next to impossible.
Shortening days and cooler nights are the signals for inflorescence initiation in phalaenopsis. In more northern climates, or on the west coast, growers have already begun to see the early inflorescences that may be ready for Christmas. In the eastern areas, nights in the greenhouse will now be in the low to mid 60s, depending on the thermostat setting, so the first of our phalaenopsis will not begin to bloom until Valentine's Day at the earliest.
A reduction in nitrogen levels will go a long way to giving the best possible spiking, as will a boost in potassium and phosphorus. In other words, a "bloom booster"-type fertilizer is definitely indicated in the next few months. Disease and pest problems are best dealt with now, especially as mealybugs hide in the bracts and flower buds. Once they have established themselves, they are difficult to eradicate, and flower damage or crippling results. Potential disease problems can be dealt with by the application of a copper-based compound to control/alleviate rot problems before they start. There is nothing more frustrating than to have shepherded your plants through a growing season, only to have them decline before your eyes.
Whereas the general decline in temperatures is beneficial to cool-growing orchids, it is not for vandaceous plants. The only cold-hardy member isNeofinetia falcata. Orient your plants in such a way as to take advantage of as much light as possible. This can be a problem in northern latitudes. Reduce watering and feeding schedules.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
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