January is normally a really slow month for flowers; mainly phalaenopsis and complex paphiopedilums, and latourea dendrobiums.
With our short days, try to keep your orchids on the dry side to avoid fungal infections.
I received a question today about why their orchid plant's roots are not going down into the media. This is similar to the question last month.
Simply put is that it doesn't want to! There are a multitude of reasons why. The most common reason is that the media is probably getting old. The older it gets, the soggier it gets. Salts build up, pH goes down (becomes more acid), old roots die and the media gets clogged up. So of course new roots, if you have any, will not want to go into this toxic media. So, try to repot your orchids every two years or less.
Also, some roots do not go into the media. Some Grammatophyllum roots grow upwards, as well as Vanda roots. Phalaenopsis schilleriana, or many pink phalaenopsis have flattened roots that will just stay on top of the media. In these cases, make sure that you provide lots of air around the roots, allowing them to dry between watering cycles.
Always observe what the orchid is doing, it will give you clues on how it wants to be grown.
Phalaenopsis Species and How To Grow Them
Randy Tajima will be our speaker at our January 2nd membership meeting. He is an American Orchid Society judge as well as the owner of Mid-Pacific Orchids and had served as an orchid specialist at City and County Foster Botanical Gardens. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids. Learn how to care for the species variety of these enchanting plants.
Windward Orchid Society - 39th Annual Spring Show
Theme: "Game of Trophies" - "Orchids are Coming"
Where: King Intermediate School
46-155 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
When: March 22, 24, 2019
Friday and Saturday, Mar 22nd & 23rd (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) and
Sunday, March 24th (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Plant sales close at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Friday, March 22nd:
10 a. m. Orchid Growing Culture
2 p. m. Honohono Orchid Culture
4 p. m. General Orchid Culture
Saturday, March 23rd:
10 a. m. General Orchid Culture
2 p. m. Bonsai Culture
4 p. m. Honohono Orchid Culture
Sunday, March 24th:
10 a. m. Honohono Orchid Culture
12 p. m. Bonsai Culture
I bet if I do everything just right, I can get that daggum orchid flower to come out of that plant. I know it’s in there because I’d seen it before. It was a sweet little thing that made me smile to look at it.
OK, let’s see here. Now, Scot says what you need to pay attention to is:
#1- Don’t leave your plant soaking in water all day. It’s got to dry quick or the roots will rot.
There are tricks for that. You put the plant in a pot with stuff like Styrofoam (not kiddin’) for the bottom and around the sides. Then, add some bark or gravel to take up the space in the middle of the pot and get that plant in there all nice and snug, so it won’t wobble around. Get it? This stuff’s not gonna hold water very long at all.
And, the most important thing is to use a little-bitty pot. That way, there’s no way for water to accumulate. If that plant is still wobbly, put a stake next to a stem and twist-tie them together. If the plant wants to fall over, put that little pot into an empty bigger pot.
#2-Blah, blah, blah…
That’s a lot of words.
Don’t you wish someone can just show you how to do this?
Well, you are in luck.
Go watch Scot, or another orchid sage, in person at a Windward Orchid Society Saturday Workshop at Dot’s house. It’s better than a YouTube video because you can ask questions and even bring your own plant and fix it up under expert orchid tutelage.
And bonus, bring a yummy dish to share and enjoy a potluck lunch and talking story after the workshop. This is more fun than reading about orchid care…really.
Watch for more details about these workshops in your Windward Orchid Society newsletter.
Of course you need to sign up and be a member to get our newsletters.
Here’s what happened at Dot’s last Workshop:
Larry Yamamoto, from the Kunia Orchid Society, shared his knowledge and experience on the topic of General Orchid Care.
Larry has a degree in Agriculture from the University of Hawaii and 30 years of experience with the US Department of Agriculture.
He grows Cattleya, Vanda, Slipper Orchids and other orchids.
WOS Cook Book
Available at all WOS events for $15.
Orchid Doctor If you have questions about your orchids or have orchids that are not doing well, please bring them early (7:00p.m.) to the General Membership meeting and our orchid doctor (Scot) will gladly identify the problem and try to answer your questions.
General Questions For questions about the Windward Orchid Society, see Craig Nakahara (wearing a florescent green shirt) during our General Membership Meeting.
Refreshment Contributions Sign up sheets are at the refreshment table or you can email Toni Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail correspondence to: Windward Orchid Society, Inc. P.O. Box 23 Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 The WOS meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the King Intermediate School Cafeteria.
Windward Orchid Society Display Won 3rd Place at the Ewa Orchid Society's "Back In Da 50's" Orchid 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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