Our crazy weather! A cool wet ending to our Winter seems to have bypassed our Spring and we are having Summer like
dryness and heat. Lots of our spring bloomers were a little late for our show, like our Hono Honos, Den. aggregatum, Miltoniopsis, Paphiopedilums, and some Oncidinae. Now, many of our Mother’s Day flowers are already blooming! Yikes, the Manoa Show is May 4-5 and Mother’s Day is May 12. It is so difficult to time the flowers for our shows. The solution is to grow larger quantities of our favorite orchids and to also grow a more diverse collection of plants.
Let’s take advantage of this great weather. Start increasing your watering and start your Summer fertilizing regime. Also,
this can be a great time to do a lot of repotting. Look for emerging new roots as an indicator that it is a good time to repot. Other indicators are; if the orchid is growing over the edge of the pot, the roots are coming out of the media
(indicating that it is too crowded inside, or maybe the roots no longer like the media), you have ants, or maybe the orchid is declining. It is important to remember that whatever potting medium is used, after two years humic acid begins to build up
(your pH drops), salts build up, and your media begins to breakdown (decay) and becomes mushy or overly wet. So anything over two years old would be a good candidate. Sympodial growth plants (cattleya, dendrobium, oncidinae, etc.),
will not set back and should flower on the next growth if you keep divisions of three pseudobulbs or more. Monopodial growth orchids like vanda, rhynchostylis, aerides, and angreacum, can be topped and put back into their pot or basket as long
as there a minimum of three good healthy roots that are active.
If you are having difficulty with, or have questions about your plants, feel free to bring them at 7:00 p.m. at the next meeting for the “Orchid Doctor” session.
The club offers another great service, “Orchid Workshops”. They are held the second Saturday of each month at Dot’s house. See the newsletter for more information. Last month we had a great turnout with many new members getting the orchids repotted and their questions answered. And, we had a great lunch!
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.
Become a member
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.