February Speaker - Jeff Trimble
Board of Directors
Show & Tell Pix
Sonoma County Orchid Society
in this issue
Oda (Shelley 'Spring Dress" x Prince Vultan)
Tuesday, February 11th. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm. Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
Skill Session at 6:45 - Judy Carney will talk about what to do with the orchid you just bought, and even better, what you should consider before buying that first orchid.
Jeff Trimble - Cymbidium Species
Jeff Trimble started growing orchids in 1972 when his mother gave him two flowering cymbidiums she did not want. He joined his first orchid club in 1975, and by 1978, was show chairman for the Peninsula Orchid Society, a member of the Santa Clara Valley Orchid Society and president of the Malihini Orchid Society.
In 1980, he was asked to be the vice president and then president of the San Francisco Orchid Society. Jeff took on the task of show chairman at the Pacific Orchid Exposition one year, and later he co-founded Orchids in the Park.
Jeff is past president of the Peninsula Orchid Society, past president of the Cymbidium Society of America, past president of the Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers, and a former CSA Judge and judging chairman for Northern California. Jeff is currently involved in the AOS judging program with the California Sierra Nevada judging group.
Jeff grows cymbidiums, odontoglossums, cattleya alliance and many other orchid species in a greenhouse in Rocklin, California.
Speaker's Dinner: Join us for dinner with Jeff at Kirin, 2700 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa on Tuesday the 11th at 5 pm. Please RSVP by 5pm on 2/10.
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I had a difficult time writing this message. As president of the SCOS, I lead the general meetings which I enjoy because I get to see everyone and learn about orchids and orchid care from our excellent speakers. When everyone participates and works together, it is fun and easy...but that isn’t always the case. Occasionally there are positions that go unfilled. The job of president is pretty easy as far as leading the general meetings. I also attend the board meetings, and for the past two years, I have been show chair because no one volunteered for that job. I can live with that, but I am having a difficult time with the shortage of members who will commit to a position for the show or to keep the Society running.
We are missing some vital chairs for this year’s show. Gary Cockriell, my partner and a member for only two years, stepped up again to do the job of vendor coordinator. This is a vital job because without vendors, we wouldn’t have a show. It has been a difficult job this year with fewer orchid vendors in the area and orchid businesses closing down. Indeed, the format of future orchid shows may have to change.
Many of you have committed to doing a job (or two or three), and you are the steadfast people who do this year after year, showing up at meetings, arranging events, attending events and doing a tremendous amount of work with amazing dedication. So here’s the problem - all of us who are show chairs put in 150%. But when a position is empty it seems to fall to the president. Currently, I am president of SCOS, show leader, master of ceremonies, society display lead, and pasta party coordinator. A wonderful new member, Sarah Cipcich, has volunteered to help with the pasta party but we still need a leader for this so I don’t have to do it. So I am begging/pleading for someone to chair the pasta party, and if anybody would like to be MC at the show, please let me know!
We need you to solicit items for the silent auction. Items such as wine, services, art, gift baskets, wine tastings, gift certificates to restaurants, etc. Contact June Maiden at vicepresident@SonomaOrchids.com.
We need you to help spread the word about the show. Hand out show postcards wherever you go; tape one to inside of your car’s back windows; tack postcards up on bulletin boards at work, at the gym, and elsewhere. Send our digital postcard (see email blast for link) to everyone in your contacts list!
In the recent past we had some new members jump in and take on vital jobs (Krystal Goulart as VP, and Amber Powner as silent auction chair). We need more wonderful members to step forward and fill some of the show openings and board positions. Which brings me to the next item...we must get new board members for those who will be leaving their positions in June after two years or more of service. The core of the orchid society needs to expand with new ideas, fresh minds and enthusiasm which come with new board members.
My apologies for the rant, but I don't know how else to tell everyone that we need help with the show and the running of the Society. (At least I’m not asking for money for a political campaign!) The re-potting party, ice cream social & bingo, the auction & BBQ, the holiday party and other fun and wonderful activities need your help and input. And a huge thank you to everyone who participates.
Our Annual Show & Sale - Exploring Orchids - March 27-29
The theme is Exploring Orchids. Planning meetings have been held for the past 4 months. Many chair positions are being filled by those who did the jobs last year. We'd like to see other members learn the various positions, so if you are willing to learn, please contact one of the chairs below who will gladly mentor and train you. We still need a chair for the pasta party.
Volunteer - Contact Ann Possinger at email@example.com to volunteer or use our online program SignUp Genius - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4da8a72ba1fe3-scos
Plant Hotel: Sue Hayes needs strong boxes for the plant hotel.
SCOS Boutique: Start collecting garden related items for sale in the boutique which is always a popular spot. Take some cuttings of your non-orchid plants and pot them up for sale.
Silent Auction: June Maiden (VicePresident@SonomaOrchids.com) needs items for the silent auction. Please solicit restaurants, wineries, nurseries, artists, misc service providers for gift certificates or actual items which will be auctioned off on the silent auction table. Get creative - put together a gift basket. New items only - re-gifting OK!
Display– Billie, Gary & Alison are going to do it since no one else volunteered. They are planning to order a 40” inflatable globe of the world. Have some poster boards with facts about orchids on the tables; plants by each continent & color coded by continent. We need shelving (wine boxes, glass bricks, etc) to create different levels. Karen to find out from Vet’s Bldg and/or fire department how deep we can make the display and still comply with fire regulations.
Vendors: Gary has gotten 11 vendors plus the Orchid Conservation Alliance will have a table providing information about orchid conservation and some items for sale. Vendors are Alejandro’s Flora, Botanico, CA Carnivores, D&D Flowers, Gold Country, Orchids & Gardens, Orchids Fiori D’Amore, Paph Paradise, Stargate, In Situ, and Austin Creek Orchids.
Publicity: We need everyone to spread the show cards around to places you visit and to people you see; tape them to inside of your car so passersby can see; post at your gym, at libraries, and anywhere else where we can get exposure.
Setup & Take Down– Dave said we need 2-3 trucks to bring things from storage locker on Friday, 3/27 at 9am, and again on 3/29 at 4pm during take down.
The next planning meeting will be Thursday, 2/13/20 at 7pm at the home of Ann Shippey,
2643 Spring Oaks Drive, Santa Rosa. Thank you Ann for hosting these meetings.
SCOS Spring Show Page
SCOS show chairs
The $25 membership dues are renewed each July. We accept cash, check or credit card at the general meeting. See Billie MacCarthy at the membership table. 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!
Thanks to the following members who brought snacks to the January meeting: Chen-Hao Hsu, Ann Conger,
Fern Wilson, Jeanne VanBlarcom, Cathy Thompson,
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. If you want a permanent badge, email Billie at Membership@SonomaOrchids.com
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
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!
2020 Refreshment Calendar
T - Z
A - B
C - De
Di - Fo
Fr - H
J - Le
Li - M
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SCOS Member's page
Orchids Go Postal!
The American Orchid Society headquarters at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, has been chosen by The United States Postal Service as the host site for the release of new stamps in 2020 - Wild Orchids! The postal service holds a First Day of Issue Ceremony for each new stamp release the day the stamps go on sale across the USA. The new stamps will be available to purchase during this event. The AOS will host the First Day of Issue Ceremony for these stamps on February 21st at 11:00 am. The celebration will take place at the AOS Library located inside Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens https://www.fairchildgarden.org/Horticulture/American-Orchid-Society-at-Fairchild
Each stamp features a photograph of one of nine species that grows wild in the United States. Identified left to right in row one: 1 Triphora trianthophoros, 2 Cypripedium californicum , 3 Hexalectris spicata,
4 Cypripedium reginae, 5 Spiranthes odorata
Identified left to right in row two: 6 Platanthera leucophaea, 7 Triphora trianthophoros,
8 Platanthera grandiflora, 9 Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, 10 Calopogon tuberosus
AOS SPRING MEETING, WITH SPEAKERS, VENDORS, DISPLAYS AND MORE!
Don’t forget to mark your 2020 calendar for the AOS Spring Members’ Meeting, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Sacramento (at the Riverfront in Old Town Sacramento), hosted by the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center, April 15-19. Details and registration information will be posted on the AOS website shortly.
By Lynne Murrell
February: BEGINNERS START HERE Basic Orchid Care Tips for Successfully Growing and Flowering Plants By Ron McHatton, PhD
KNOWING WHICH ORCHID YOU ARE trying to grow is your key to its cultural requirements. Orchids, like all plants, need a balance of light, air, water and food to grow and flower well. Let’s examine each of these elements.
LIGHT Without enough light, orchids may produce lush-looking growths but no flowers. Not giving orchids enough light is the most common reason for failure to bloom. The old notion of orchids growing in dark jungles still persists, and it couldn't be further from the truth. In reality, many have developed as epiphytes to take advantage of brighter light available in the upper forest canopy. Provide orchids with as much light as they will take without burning. This means that the foliage should not be a lush, dark green. Orchids grown under sufficient light will have lighter, somewhat yellow-green foliage and strong upright growths.
AIR Orchid roots, and eventually the entire plant, will die if they do not receive air. This is the reason that, with the exception of a few terrestrial varieties, they do not grow in soil. Orchid potting media should be open, with exceptionally good drainage, yet capable of holding sufficient moisture to support the plant’s needs. Orchid plants are also intolerant of a stale, stagnant environment. You should strive for a buoyant atmosphere and gentle air movement must be provided at all times. For orchids grown in the home, this can be provided by an overhead paddle fan set on its lowest setting or a portable oscillating fan directed away from the plants.
WATER Without question, more orchids are killed by incorrect watering than by any other reason. Proper watering consists of two separate components: quantity and frequency. Orchids should be watered just as they dry out. There’s unfortunately no magic formula; i.e., water a plant in a 6- inch ( 15-cm) pot every seven days and you’ll be trouble free. This is because your growing area is different from anyone else’s. Humidity, air movement, potting medium (type and age) and light levels all play a role.
There are several ways to determine when a potted orchid is almost dry: 1) The surface of the potting mix will appear dry. 2) Dry pots will feel lighter. 3) Clay pots feel dry. 4) A wooden stake or skewer inserted into the potting mix will come out almost dry. If in doubt, a finger inserted into the potting mix is perhaps the best tool to determine the moisture content of the potting mix. It will cause no harm to the plant.
When orchids are watered, they should be watered copiously. Water should be provided until it runs freely from the drainage holes. Not only does this soak the potting medium but it also flushes salts that naturally accumulate. At a minimum, try to thoroughly water plants at least once a month.
Watering frequency can be controlled by the choice of pot. For those who really like to water their plants or live in humid, rainy areas, clay pots, especially slotted pots are a good choice. Growers in drier climates or those who tend not to water often enough might want to use plastic pots to hold moisture longer.
FERTILIZER Orchids will grow and flower, given that their other requirements are met, for fairly long periods without fertilizer but you'll get better results with some level of fertilizing. Typically, plants are fertilized once a week during the summer and every two weeks in the autumn and winter. Regardless of the fertilizer that you choose to use, most experienced growers use no more than half the label-recommended strength. It’s best to water first to wet the potting medium before you fertilize.
CULTURE CONNECTION continued
Fertilizers used on orchids should contain little or no urea. This is because soil organisms must first convert the nitrogen in urea to a form useable by plants, and because orchids do not grow in soil, this conversion does not occur efficiently. The old conventional wisdom used to be that orchids grown in bark mixes needed to be fertilized with formulations high in nitrogen, i.e., 30-10-10. We now understand that these high-nitrogen fertilizers aren't necessary. For a more detailed discussion of fertilizer and its dependence on water quality, see the June 2003 and February 2008 issues of Orchids magazine or view copies of pertinent articles on line at the Society’s Web site (www.aos.org).
OBSERVATION Most experienced growers will agree that observation is the most important key to growing orchids well. Examining your plants on a regular basis will allow you to adjust and correct any problems before they become severe.
(As pertinent now, as it was then - Reprinted with permission ORCHIDS VOL. 77 NO.8 AUGUST 2008)
Also visit the AOS website for a Monthly Checklist on Orchid Care. http://www.aos.org/orchids/seasonal-orchid-care/january-february-checklist.aspx
AOS/DIGEST CORNER by Lynne Murrell
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.
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.
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.
January & February
Watering and fertilizing will be at a minimum, as will potting. Be on the lookout for senescing sheaths on your winter-into-spring bloomers. Careful removal of the dying sheaths will still allow buds to develop without the danger of condensation-induced rot. Low light will lead to weak spikes, so, and as noted above, staking is critical. If you have a chance to get out to nurseries, there may still be a chance to acquire good plants in sheath for spring bloom. Getting them now not only ensures that you'll have them, but allows them to acclimate to your conditions and bloom at their best.
We are well into the flowering season now. Outdoor growers should be cautious of freezing temperatures. Damage starts to occur below 30 F. Be diligent about tying the inflorescences for best arrangement of the flowers. Also watch closely for slugs and snails. If weather is quite wet, protect the plants from the rain and this will help to reduce the risk of botrytis spotting.
The most glorious of all orchids, Lycaste, will be moving toward their flowering season. Make sure the palm-like leaves do not interfere with the emerging inflorescences. Tying them loosely together often is helpful. Some growers cut the leaves off at the pseudobulb, but this removes part of the attractiveness of this elegant orchid. Resist picking up the plant to inspect those beautiful buds and then setting it down in all different directions as the flower buds will be forced to re-orient themselves to the light source each time and will not open as nicely as they should. Keep plants a little drier during the shorter days.
Cattleya trianae 'Mary Fennel' HCC/AOS is a good example of this winter-blooming species.
Odontoglossums and their intergeneric hybrids offer a great splash of color now. Though once thought of as being difficult to grow and requiring cool temperatures due to the emphasis on odontoglossum breeding, the new intergeneric hybrids made using Oncidium and Brassia, for example, are just the opposite. These plants are quite content in more intermediate conditions. New growths generally emerge in the spring, later forming beautiful plump pseudobulbs. Look for the flower spikes to emerge from the inner sheath of the pseudobulb. If your plant's pseudobulbs are shriveled, then the plants have been kept too dry or too wet. Inspect the roots to determine which condition prevailed. If the lead pseudobulb is large, plump and green (and back bulbs are shriveled) but no flower spike is evident, the plants may have been kept too dry.
The standard Paphiopedilum insigne-derived hybrids, which are called "bull dogs" and "toads," are at their peak. Unlike most other orchids, they can even be potted while in bud. There really is no wrong time to pot a paphiopedilum, and no other orchid responds so favorably to fresh mix and a cleanup. Keep an eye on watering until roots begin to grow.
Now is the peak of spike development, with the first plants in full flower. Staking and plant preparation is a must for those all-important spring shows. Correct staking now will give a better display and also make it much easier to transport to your society meetings and shows. Care with watering is vital to avoid mechanical damage to the flowers, as well as rot-related problems. Keep spent blooms cleaned up to avoid botrytis inoculation. Do not repot this month. Now you'll be seeing lots of phalaenopsis at orchid shows and sales.
For the most part, the flowering season will have ended for this group, providing the grower a chance to do some repotting. The plants will then have a chance to become well established before the hotter months of summer arrive. Most growers use bark mixes, but some exceptional results have been seen lately using rock-wool blends. You may want to try this mix, but do not change your whole collection over to this new media until you are sure it is right for you. First, experiment with a few plants to see how they respond.
The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay.
In the fall Phalaenopsis should start initiating flower spikes. Infloresences should be well developed by mid-January.
Please see the AOS event calendar at www.aos.org for the complete listing of events.
Feb 20-23 - San Francisco Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition", Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Int'l Orchid Show,
3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 14-15 - Shepard Garden & Art Center Spring Sale,
3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Show & Sale "Exploring Orchids",
1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
Mar 27-29 - San Diego County Orchid Society Spring Show "Orchid Magic", Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South,
San Diego, CA
Apr 18-19 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale,
10-4, Redwood City Community Activities Bldg, 1400 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City, CA www.GoldCoastCymbidiumGrowers.com
May 30-31 - Sacramento Orchid Society Orchid & Exotic Plant Sale, 6151 H Street, Sacramento
Open greenhouses are a great way for members to see how other members grow their orchids and to get to know fellow members. If you are willing to have an open greenhouse at your home, please contact June Maiden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 20-23 - SF Orchid Society "Pacific Orchid Exposition", San Francisco, CA
Mar 13-15 - Santa Barbara Orchid Show
Mar 14-15 - Shepard Garden & Art Center Spring Sale, Sacramento
Mar 27-29 - SCOS Spring Show
Mar 27-29 - San Diego Spring Show "Orchid Magic", San Diego
April 18-19 - Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale, Redwood City
May 30-31 - Sacramento Orchid Society Spring Show
68th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition: 2020: Orchids in Focus
The main show and sale takes place Fri-Sun 2/21-23 from 10am-5pm. There will also be a special Preview Night on Thursday, Feb 20th from 6-9:30pm for first access to the beautiful displays as well as orchids for sale, accompanied by a fun atmosphere including wine, beer, snacks and more. Because alcoholic beverages are served, the Preview Night is only open to adults 21 years of age and older.
SCOS board of directors
New board members are needed as several members are resigning. We meet the third Thursday of each month. It’s fun volunteering! Contact a board member if you are interested! Current board members will be glad to train you.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Alison Bies - President@SonomaOrchids.com
Vice President June Maiden - VicePresident@SonomaOrchids.com
Secretary Ann Conger - Secretary@SonomaOrchids.com
Treasurer Karen Wofford - Treasurer@SonomaOrchids.com
Membership Billie MacCarthy - Membership@SonomaOrchids.com
Ways & Means Haili Marshall
Dir. of Communications Susan Anderson -
Dir. of Meetings Ann Shippey
AOS Rep (unofficial position) Lynne Murrell
Highlights of SCOS Board Meeting on 1/21/20
In Attendance: Alison Bies-President, June Maiden-Vice President, Ann Conger-Secretary, Karen Wofford-Treasurer, Haili Marshall-Ways and Means, Susan Anderson-Communications, Ann Shippey-Meetings.
Vice President: June reported that Larry Mead has agreed to hold an open greenhouse – date TBD. In February, Jeff Tremble will speak about cymbidium species.In March, Michelle Halbur from Pepperwood Preserve will speak on the topic "Emerging from the Ashes", addressing environmental issues after the local, tragic fires. In April, Carol Klonowski will speak on cattleyas. We’d like to have someone to do an "Orchids 101" skill session for new members at this first meeting after the show. In May the board is considering having a member panel to address questions about culture.
Treasurer: Karen reported $18,488 balance. Quickbooks costs $75 per year thanks to deal Karen got.
Ways and Means: At the next meeting, Ann C, will help Haili become familiar with handling the Opportunity Table. Cathy Thompson asked that another person handle the Opportunity Table on alternating months and Helen Finigan has agreed to do so.
Storage locker: The current locker is too expensive. A plan is needed to clean it out, so the society can move to a smaller space.
Fund raising: Haili suggested that we consider ways to expand our BINGO night.
Spring Show: Haili will ask the show vendors for their information to be posted on our Facebook page. It will add good information about the show, and it will give the vendors extra exposure.
New business: Board members - Karen has agreed to continue as Treasurer, and Susan has agreed to continue as Communications Director. Alison will become Past President. A nomination committee will be appointed to fill the remaining positions.
The next board meeting will be February 18th, at 7:00 pm, at the Mary's Pizza on Summerfield Road. A change from the original plan. All are welcome.
Sl Orpetii 'Hidden Treasure 4N' x L speciosa 'Very Dark Purple' - Chen-Hao Hsu
January show & tell Photos
Slc Sacramento Jewel 'SVO' x Sl Minipet 'SVO' - Chen-Hao Hsu
Paph In-charm Lipstick 'Pink Flash' - Dale Martin
Cattleya walkeriana - Tom Pickford
Laelia anceps - Tom Pickford
January Show & Tell Photos
Monnierara Millenium Magic 'Witchcraft' -
Brassavola Digbyana - Susan Anderson
Laelia gouldiana - Earl Rathbun
BLC Guess What x Golden Treat - Sam Wong
Dendrochilum tenellum - Susan Anderson
Show & Tell Photos
Cattleya loddigesii - Earl Rathbun
Lycaste Wild Surprise 'Spark Plug' -
New AOS book titled The American Orchid Society Guide to Culture by Mary Gerritsen. We have a limited supply of books for $22 including sales tax. The retail price is $24.95 plus shipping and handling so it's a good deal. Books will be available at the monthly meeetings.
Dale Martin has a few bags of all 3 sizes of Orchiata for sale for $30/bag including tax. To reserve bags, please contact Date Martin at email@example.com or call 707-762-0526.
Sizes are Classic (fine) #9
Power (medium) #5
Power+ (medium) #5a
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