March is already here. This means that our Spring Show is only three weeks away. Not only are we busy with our committees preparing to host the show, but we must also start preparing our orchids for our super large display.
Start grooming and staking whatever orchids that are coming into bloom; we are going to need a whole lot to fill our display.
Make sure they do not have any bugs; if they do, you will surely want to spray them.
Pull out weeds and treat for slugs too; these are other things that we do not want to share! Stake up, trim back or
remove old and damaged stems and leaves to isolate and enhance the focus on the flowers.
Start propping up and separating flower buds, using bamboo stakes and wires. Keep budded orchids out of the rain, as they
will spot the flowers and shorten their lives.
If you are having difficulty or don't have all of the supplies, bring your orchids in to the next meeting. We will use the "Orchid Doctor" session to help some of you. We will also be demonstrating the different staking techniques during the
Hono Hono alert! Hopefully by now the early bloomers for our show are all budding. This is a critical time where the
Flower Thrips and Bulbul Birds like to feed on them. I usually hit them (the buds, not birds) with an insecticide, upon
initiation and follow up two weeks later. This should keep both critters at bay and allow you to have some beautiful fragrant flowers for the show. Keep these out of the rain too!
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and what we will have for the show!
The Windward Orchid Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria, located at 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy. in Kaneohe.
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Join the Windward Orchid Society to help promote, educate and show an appreciation of one of the most beautiful and exotic of all plants. The Orchid.