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          San Gabriel Valley
                                   
Orchid Hobbyists, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Society News

Are you interested in receiving the Bulletin by email INSTEAD of by ‘snail mail’?  If so, please email Jim Gomes at jim.gomes@att.net.  When I receive your email, I will no longer send a copy through the mail, but send a copy directly to your email address.  That way you will have fewer papers to throw away.

Membership Message

WELCOME

Please Welcome new members
Ellen Abe & Jessica Liu.

We had 24 members and 3 guests in attendance at the
April meeting.

Spring has definitely Sprung, It's the season for the Cattleyas and Cymbidiums and we really had a great display on this month’s plant table. We all know to well how much work it takes to bring plants to our monthly meetings. Getting plants taken from there cozy growing area, boxed, loaded in cars and vans and hauled to the meeting. Hopefully with out breaking any flowers off is no easy task, have you ever tried to haul a pendulous cymbidium before? I would like to thank everyone who brings plants so that every one can enjoy. Our meetings would not be the same without all the beautiful plants you bring in every month. Thanks

Greg Orozco
President

2017
Annual Auction
June 15, 2017

Our June Auction will be on June 15th. We would like encourage members to start dividing their plants, so you may donate some of their divisions. Remember, our auction is our only fund raiser, so we may acquire speakers, pay rent, supplies, etc. We would like to thank each of you for your support.

2017 Roster Suppliment

SGVOH 2016 Roster Suppliment will be printed soon and distributed at our July meeting.  Any changes in members email address, name, phone number, etc. should be sent to Jim Gomes (jim.gomes@att.net). Please review your 2016 Roster and let me know if you need to make any changes.

Volunteers
Needed!

Our June Auction will be on June 15th this year. We are currently looking for volunteers in all areas. Plant Registration, Paddle Registration, Runners, Plant Hotel, room set-up, Cashiers, and recorders. Anyone willing to donate their time, please contact Jim or you can signup at our next meeting

April Pictures
 

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Monthly Ribbon Judging
Reminder

You may have a new plant (less than 6 months) that has produced beautiful blooms that you would like to share with the other SGVOH members.  You may bring it and display it on our NEW ARRIVALS table.  It will not be judged, but you will receive a raffle ticket. 
Any member who has grown their plants longer than 6 months may exhibit and participate in the ribbon judging contest.

Want to learn more about orchids?  Why not participate in the judging?  You may pair up with another member and become a judge for the evening.   It is a great learning experience and an opportunity to get to know another member.  Try it and share the fun. 

Ribbon Chair
Linda Peterson

Members Plants

 Our members work very hard watering, fertilizing, and making sure their plants are bug free so we can view them at each meeting. Please do not touch or rub the plant leaves or flowers.  Be courteous, treat other peoples plants like you would like them to treat yours.

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Membership  Name Badge

Members may purchase a personally engraved SGVOH name badge for $15.00 each.
You may purchase them at any of our regular meetings.
Please contact:
Membership Chair, Dann Dunst

Members wearing their name tag at our regular meeting can obtain a special ticket for that evening’s Plant Opportunity Table.

How do I feed my orchid?


Experienced orchid growers fertilize their orchids weakly, weekly.

Orchids need to be fed regularly. Growers suggest using a "balanced" fertilizer such as 20-20-20 that includes all "necessary trace elements." Regardless of the fertilizer formulation you choose to use, it should contain little or no urea. If you are unsure of what fertilizer to use, you can generally use any fertilizer you would for your other container plants. Orchids will do far better with too little fertilizer than with too much. Many growers recommend the "weakly, weekly" approach, applying a dilute (1/4 strength) fertilizer each time they water, rather than applying a full dose once a month. Also, it is best not to fertilize a completely dry plant as the fertilizer can burn the dry roots. Water first then follow with fertilizer solution.

When Should I Repot?

 

When an orchid plant starts to grow over the edge of the pot, it is time to repot it!

 

Orchid plants need repotting for one or a combination of two main factors: Potting mix breaks down, often evidenced by dead roots, or the plant outgrowing the container. In the first case, a larger pot may not be required, simply replace the growing medium. In the second case, the plant may need dividing or may be shifted into a larger pot. Fresh media should always be used. A good general rule of thumb is to pot for the bottom of the plant, the root system, and not for the top, the foliage.

 

AOS Monthly Checklist
Click on Monthly Checklist below to see what to do each month. Very Informative!

Monthly Checklist
 

Insects? Other orchid questions?  Go to the AOS website: www.aos.org or
go directly to their videos: 
Click Here for the Videos Below

•Anthocyanin

•Boisduval Scale

•Divide or Repot?

•Keikis & Air Roots

•Leaftip Dieback

•Potting a Keiki

•Recognizing Mite Damage

•Recognizing Virus Symptoms, part 1

•Removing a Damaged Leaf

 

•Removing a Keiki

•Repotting a Cattleya

•Repotting a Healthy Orchid

•Repotting an Unhealthy Orchid

•Root Loss

•Selecting an Orchid

•Watering Orchids

•When to Repot?
 

•Where to Cut a Phalaenopsis Spike

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Are you interested in receiving the Bulletin by email INSTEAD of by ‘snail mail’?  If so, please email Jim Gomes at jim.gomes@att.net.  When I receive your email, I will no longer send a copy through the mail, but send a copy directly to your email address.  That way you will have fewer papers to throw away.

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There are other resources for information on orchids other than SGVOH and the Society Library.  Check these out: 

SGVOH has been a member of the American Orchid Society for a number of years, and discovered that they have much information on-line about growing orchids, including all the articles from past Orchid Magazines!!!  If you are a member, you can simply type in the topic that you wish information about (like pests, or brassia) and the list of articles will pop up – no need to go rummaging through your back issues trying to find out where in the world that great article went! 

If you have a DSL web connection and an AOS membership, you are set to discover answers to those orchid questions that have been bothering you.
 

Enjoy having some refreshments?   Bring some and receive a free ticket for a special drawing for the first plant from the POT.  The goodies you bring do not have to be sweet! 

 

We can all help with the clean-up after the meeting!

Did you know. . . ? You can check out a listing of the Society’s extensive Library of reference books, magazines, and videos on pages 16-22 of our Roster.  The best time to check out materials is before the main meeting begins at 8 PM.

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