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Windward Orchid Society’s NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the King Intermediate School Cafeteria
SPEAKER OF THE MONTH: FRED DISHMAN on Building a Backyard Greenhouse
I think the best way to describe it would be to call it a talk about Building a Backyard Greenhouse. The emphasis will be on a hanging plant area. We all love to grow and show off our honohono orchids for the Spring Season and I have found out that the best way to do so is to hang them and allow the plants to grow as they would in nature. I have been converting almost my entire greenhouse to basket/hanging orchid culture with great success. Hanging plants in baskets, or even in pots allows greater air movement, less pests by eliminating a bench for critters to go from plant to plant, and cutting down on bacteria and fungus as well. Big plus would be that orchids don't waterlog when we have lots of rain like this year; disadvantage would be you have to water more frequently. The greenhouse will be essentially prefabricated and I will assemble it and explain how I built it as we go.
BIO: I was given my first orchid about 20 years ago by Jenna's mom when she had to move to the mainland for work. I stuck it on the side of the house and pretty much forgot about it. I went out to do some yard work and there was a cloud of yellow (Oncidium) flowers. We went to the swap meet the following weekend and bought some more orchids. The guy who sold them to us gave us some tickets to an orchid show the following weekend. Went to my first orchid show at Kunia Gym, spent 500 bucks on orchids and supplies, joined the club, and suddenly realized that I needed a greenhouse. Built a small greenhouse in Waialua on the side yard that kept getting bigger every year to accommodate my ever increasing collection. We moved to Wahiawa about a year and a half ago and I can now easily grow the stuff I killed for years in Waialua. I am a vendor at Kunia, have dabbled as a student judge for the AOS as well as the HOS systems, made and registered a few hybrids. My passion is species and Phragmipediums and plan on hybridizing them in the future to supplement my income with a small lab in my house within the next few years. I am 50, been doing orchids for about 20 and, other than surfing and carpentry, orchids are the only thing that have captured my attention. The name of my orchid business is Maile's Hawaiian Orchids.