Here we are in the middle of our Hawaiian Winter. So far, we have been very fortunate that it has not been very rainy. The cooler days were great and should help in the flowering of our Hono Honos. Hopefully, you are resting them and have cut back on the watering too. The leaves should be dropping now and in February, you will have the buds beginning to initiate. Keep an eye on these young buds and spray insecticide on them to control flower thrips.
Phalaenopsis are spiking everywhere! Make sure you don’t turn the plants or you might get crooked spikes! As the buds enlarge, begin staking the spikes upright so that you will have beautiful long arching sprays, ready for the WOS Spring Show.
Latourea Dendrobiums are also spiking and blooming. Keep water off the flowers then many of them can last to Mother’s Day!
Paphiopedilums are still blooming; it’s been a good season for the Leeanums.
Cattleyas are slow right now, so I’m trying to collect hybrids with a heavy influence of the species trianae. This is the predominant cattleya for this time of year in Hawaii.
Stay on alert for bouts of heavy rain. Keep your orchids on the dry side and cut off any signs of fungus. It might be wise to spray some preventative fungicide just in case it gets rainy again. Normally, when our winter is dry, our spring can get very wet.
I hope to see everyone at the next meeting for our annual Hono Hono class.
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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