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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


Please welcome new members Sherryl Guevarra and Raul Vazguez.


I would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual Auction a big success. A special thanks to our auctioneer Mr. Peter Lin , Peter always does such a great job and we are so lucky to have him. Thanks to all the members who helped with setting up,hauling plants and all the duties it takes to get this done. This year we had such a great array of plants from donors across the country. Please remember when buying or ordering plants to thank them and let them know that you are from San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyists. 

Greg Orozco

2017 SGVOH
Annual Orchid Auction

Our Annual Fundraiser this year again was very successful. Much preplanning by our board members and many society volunteers produced a successful undertaking which will help in planning activities and speakers for the coming year. We were quite pleased with such a variety of beautiful hybrids and species donated by vendors and club members. Many plants were in full bloom.

Vendors donate, not usually out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they see it as an investment in us. They expect that they will get a 'return on investment' by having us make purchases from them. When we make a purchase from a donor vendor, it is essential that we identify ourselves as members of San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyists and thank them for their donations to the society. Thank you letters were given to vendors, members, and non-members that donated. Acknowledgement will be posted on our SGVOH website and listed on the insert in the Bulletin.

Remember that a successful auction depends upon an excellent array of plants, strong auctioneers, and man hours of donated time, and interested bidders. We all owe our greatest thanks to our excellent auctioneer, member Peter Lin.  He did an excellent job of insuring that the flow went smoothly and fairly. 

Prior to the auction itself, we were fortunate to have Lucy Arlotti, Dann Dunst, Jim Gomes, Greg Orozco, Lana Tripathi, and Joe Vargas collect donations from vendors. We would also like to thank member donors for the excellent plants they donated:  Lucy Arlotti, Dann Dunst, Jim Gomes, Jim Herman, Doris & Yoshi Hirata, Kathleen Leonard, Micaela Solis, Gordon Quan, and Una Yeh.

Of course at the auction itself, we had several Members volunteer for specific functions, from receiving plant donations (Linda & Jim), registering bidders (Lucy & Dann), logging sales (David & Jim), cashiers (Lucy & Dann), and  Thanks to all of you who helped in so many ways. A special thanks to Jim Gomes and David Campen for setting up tables, chairs. Thanks to Jim Herman, George McDonald, and Lynn McIlwain for arranging the plants by Genera. It is hoped that the non-participating society members appreciate these actions and recognize that we always need volunteers in order to keep our society healthy and functioning in a manner that benefits all club members.

Thanks to all of you for making our 2017 Auction a SUCCESS.

2017 Roster Suppliment

SGVOH 2017 Roster Supplement has been printed and you may pick one up at the membership desk (Dann Dunst) at the July meeting.

Auction Pictures

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Monthly Ribbon Judging

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


•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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