November Speaker - Bob Hamilton
Your Board of Directors
SCOS Members Updates
Marie Waskow Ballot
Holiday Party Flyer
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Speaker's Dinner November 13th at 5 pm at Yeti Restaurant, 190 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. RSVP to June at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, November 11th.
"The Rise & Fall of the Orchid Hobby and Our Preservation Effort for Cool Growing Andean Orchids and Their Hybrids" by Bob Hamilton
Tuesday, November 13th - Doors Open at 6:30pm
Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Skill Session @ 6:40pm w/Susan Anderson - How to Get Your Orchids to Bloom!
My talk begins with the discovery of nature at the beginning of the 19th Century, an age of invention and the tremendous social changes which that century begot. The Victorian orchid craze was one result. The momentum and enthusiasm for orchid raising went on for most of the next 100 years. We are in an age where hobbyists are greying and competing with social media for time. Property values are high, building codes interfere with construction of greenhouses, and big-box stores sell orchid plants below cost as "price leaders" thus destroying small businesses. Inept interference by the Royal Horticultural Society, and a failure of leadership by the American Orchid Society have created an embargo on how plants travel. The future of the orchid hobby is bleak.
Bob and his partner John Leathers live in Berkeley and have a 15' x 25' standalone glass greenhouse. As their avocation expanded, they rented additional greenhouse space in Daly City, and for the past 15 years they’ve rented space in Pacifica. They currently grow in a 3000 sq. ft greenhouse and hybridize orchids. They do their own lab work, pod to blooming plant and have a well-equipped lab in their home. They both had careers at UC Berkeley. Bob retired as manager for facilities and equipment of the Marvell Microfabrication Laboratory. John retired as manager of Printing Services. They specialize in cool growing Andean orchid species: John in the genus Dracula and Masdevallia; and Bob in Odontoglossums. Their goal is to improve plants in these genera, share them with others and do their best to maintain the interest in hobby orchid growing given the "greying" of so many participants. They now see their collection and work as mostly as a preservation effort. They are both avid art collectors - yet another bottomless money pit. John is the editor of The International Odontoglossum Alliance newsletter.
Oda (Shelley 'Spring Dress" x Prince Vultan)
A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
shopping on amazon
Don't forget to use our Amazon link when shopping on Amazon. You get great deals and the society receives a percentage - WIN-WIN!
Simply click the Amazon logo or bookmark this link:
It’s getting into the holidays, so please excuse the early onset of goodwill toward others. The society has seen some ups and downs. It’s time to consider where we stand as a society and as individual members. As a community, we have braved the firestorm of last October, we have been affected by national and local politics, have seen the homeless appear on the streets in record numbers, and dear friends have moved from the area or passed on.
Where does the Orchid Society fit into this? How can orchids and the society possibly help?
Consider the Sonoma County Orchid Society a place away from all the headaches. Start a conversation with a member you don’t know at a meeting or event. You might have to try a few times before the conversation “clicks”. Here’s my conversation opener…”So, what kind of orchids do you grow?” and suddenly there is a sense of comradery with your fellow member. Everyone is busy and stressed. So instead of putting the Orchid Society meeting on your to do list, come to enjoy a break. Think about your lovely orchids, the peace you find watering them, and smile. If we focus on our love of orchids, extend goodwill to each other, be patient and have empathy, we will grow and bloom.
I would like to thank Dale Martin and his ongoing dedication to the Society, wonderful plants, and an interesting talk at our October meeting. I think I speak for everyone when I say I enjoyed his presentation. I would like to say a formal Thank You to Helen Orgill, who has had to retire from the position of Librarian. We appreciate the work and sense of responsibility you had for this resource. One last note…Susan F., please keep you soles on the ground. (I hope you’re feeling better).
Regarding the Show:
Positions for Show Chairs are filling up fast! Call Alison at (207) 844-0909 to sign up before the position you want is gone! The volunteer sign up list will be available at the January meeting.
Link for Show & Tell Photos from October Meeting -
Bob Hamilton's Oda Lillian Dugger "Stately"
2018-2019 SCOS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - email@example.com
Vice President June Maiden - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Ann Conger - email@example.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford & Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Billie MacCarthy - email@example.com
Ways & Means vacant - If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Communications Susan Anderson - email@example.com
Director of Meetings Ann Shippey & Haili Marshall -
AOS Representative Lynne Murrell - AOSrep@sonomaorchids.com
Newsletter Editor Ann Possinger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rync Bic-Ross x Cyrt leopoldianum
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.
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.
PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
The $25 Membership Dues are Renewed Each July
We have 107 paid members for the 2018-2019 year.
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 have the following open positions. Contact any board member if you are interested.
Librarian - The job requires you to attend monthly general meetings to help members sign out books, You will also process new books and magazines and put in cabinet.
Director of Ways and Means -
- Oversees the running of the Opportunity Table and any sales at meetings.
- Oversees all money-making activities of the Society & may appoint committees to run such activities (i.e., BBQ & Auction, participation in orchid shows & festivals).
- Presents to the Board ideas for participation in money-making events.
- Makes efforts to procure donations/sponsorship for the benefit of the Society.
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
As you read your SCOS Newsletter, I am thrilled to be attending the AOS Fall Members’ Meeting, October 31 – Nov 4, in Apopka FL (near Orlando). It is being held in conjunction with the 19th International Slipper Orchid Symposium, so maybe I’ll come home with a new appreciation of Paphs and Phrags…though any significant additions to my collection will mean something else needs to go to make space on my benches.
Speaking of making space, when I return home it will be time to reorganize the greenhouse to move my dry-rest orchids to a place where I can’t water them by mistake. All of our orchids need less water and fertilizer in winter, as they are not in active growth when the days are shorter and cooler; but for those needing a serious dry rest, failure to do so can result in reduced/no flowers, root rot, or worse!
Tom Perlite recommends roughly Halloween to Valentine’s Day for the dry rest period. But you need to do the research to learn which of your Dendrobiums, Cattleyas, Catasetinae, terrestrials, and others need to go water-free (or nearly so), and for how long. Since I am not able to remember which is which from one year to the next, I put a dark blue plant tag in those needing a full dry rest, and a light blue tag in the pots needing a gentler rest (for example, those on the “water wall” which get daily watering in spring-summer-fall, but which need just a weekly watering during winter.) It’s not rocket science, but doing a good job of simulating their natural habitats WILL make a difference in the vigor and floriferousness of your beauties.
Humidity for your orchids is still very important in the winter, because your home is probably particularly dry from being heated. In their natural habitat, orchids enjoy regular moisture from fog or dew, even though they are in a rain-free season. If your bulbs look desiccated, treat them to a misting.
Let’s make our orchids HAPPY this month! Lynne
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.
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.
November webinars are listed on the next page.
By Lynne Murrell
Greenhouse Chat with Ron McHatton
Wed, November 7th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Pacific Time
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 November 5th to email@example.com
Los Pleurothallidinae y sus polinizadores with Adam Karremans
Wednesday, November 14th @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Pacific Time Open to all
Please join Adam Karremans from Costa Rica, for a Spanish language webinar,and learn about the amazing Pleurothallid Orchids and their pollinators.
Register now using this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6366226593004520193
Discovering the Orchids of Ecuador with Niles Dusdieker
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Pacific Time Open to all
Join Niles Dusdieker as he takes us up and down and around the mountains of Ecuador in search of orchids in their native habitat.
Register now using this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4941122085179028226
Orchidist's Word of the Month
inflorescence (in-floor-ESS-ents): The general arrangement and disposition of the flowers on an axis. The flowering part of a plant.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Northwest Orchid Society Show & Sale, November 3-4,
Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA
Utah Orchid Society Show "Sea of Orchids", November 3-4,
Red Butte Gardens, 303 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT
Orchid Society of Santa Barbara Fall Show & Sale, November 17-18,
“Orchid Safari”, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Fleishmann Auditorium, 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA
Cattleya labiata v. rubra - Earl Rathbun
Cattleya Maxima - Earl Rathbun
Nov 3-4, Northwest Orchid Society Show & Sale, Seattle, WA
Nov 3-4, Utah Orchid SocietyShow "Sea of Orchids", Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 17-18, Orchid Society of Santa Barbara Show & Sale,
Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 19, 2019 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Annual Auction
Feb 22-24, 2019 - Pacific Orchid Exposition, San Francisco
Mar 29-31, 2019 - SCOS Show & Sale - mark your calendars
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.
Finally we begin in earnest the main cymbidium season. Cymbidium ensifolium can 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.
monthly checklist NOV & DEC
Neofinetia falcata will thrive in cooler temps and produce graceful vanilla-scented flowers.
The flowering season for the "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 is Neofinetia 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.
monthly checklist NOV & DEC
Paph phillipenese - Dale Martin
SCOS 10/16/18 Board Meeting Minutes
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary, Billie MacCarthy-Membership, Susan Anderson-Communications, Jeanne Van Blarcom-Past President
Absent: Karen Wofford, co-treasurer, Ann Shippey and Haili Marshall – Meetings
Vice President: Dale Martin’s presentation was very interesting and visually appealing. June will start talking to members about scheduling open greenhouses. Speakers scheduled so far for 2019 are:
January - Mary Gerritson, February - Dennis Olivas
Treasurer: Total savings and checking balance as of 10/12/18 is $27,109.79. Alison will schedule a budget committee meeting.
Membership: Billie sent reminder emails to members who have not renewed for the year 2018-2019 which started 7/1/18.
Communications: Susan said that the Holiday Party flier is on the website. Reservations will go to Billie MacCarthy. The current newsletter and BBQ photos are also on the website.
Computer: Alison will "wipe" disc of the old computer and try to identify a place to donate it. She will borrow a Qumi projector so that it can be evaluated for our use.
Holiday Party: Billie will meet with catering to confirm the plans and menu. Lynne and Susan suggested Brookside Orchids to supply plants for the door prizes and the silent auction. Lynne will order the plants, pick them up and give them to Susan for the event.
Show and Tell: Susan will handle show and tell during the meetings for a while. She will encourage members to que up in advance of their turn to speed things up.
Member Plant Sales: There was discussion about member plant sales and decided that the current system is going well.
Marie Waskow Award: The ballot will be in the newsletter. Jeanne will prepare a ballot box. Jeanne will ask Ann P. to help count ballots. We need to retrieve the plaque from Robyn.
Spring Show: The first show planning meeting will be held in early November. Show dates are
March 29-31, 2019
Each year members of our Society vote to honor a member who has given outstanding service to the Sonoma County Orchid Society. This is for an individual or couple who exemplify the ideals of generosity and service to the organization in spreading the joy of growing orchids as practiced by Marie Waskow, a founding member of our Society. The Award will be presented at the Holiday Party.
Past recipients of the award are:
Yosh & Shiz Sugioka
Austin & Judy Carney
Robert & Claudia Pike
Jim & Kris Foster
Jerry & Gerry Smith
Mitch & Gail McAlpin
Sam & Juanita Spencer
Bob & Juanita Breckwoldt
My Vote for the 2018 Marie Waskow Award is:
2018 ballot - marie waskow award
Remember, ALL members can vote for this honor, not just one vote per household.
Votes can be cast by:
Dropping in the Ballot Box at the November General Meeting
Email the name of your candidate to MarieWaskow@SonomaOrchids.com by Noon, November 13th
Mail your ballot to SCOS P.O. Box 11195, Santa Rosa, CA 95406 to be received by November 10th
All ballots must be received by November 14th in order to be counted. The award will be presented at the Holiday Party on December 12th.
marie waskow award
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.
Bennett Valley Gardens, 2780 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA does repotting including orchids for $15/pot.
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