April 6th, 1999, 6:30 PM, CASA DEL PRADO- RM 104
Orchids You Can Grow Outdoors By Chris Herndon, 2nd VP
We are fortunate to have Harry Tolen, our longtime former newsletter editor, talk about growing orchids outdoors for this month's novice class. Harry, who owns Chula Orchids in Chula Vista, has a lot of experience growing different types of orchids outdoors ranging from Cattleyas to Oncidiums.
Last month, Bind Close and Alma Marosz gave an informative and timely presentation on preparing plants for displays in shows. They brought in several "neglected" plants and demonstrated how to clean them up. Thank you Bud and Alma for your time and efforts. Please come and as always bring in any questions you might have with you!!!
THIS MONTH'S GENERAL MEETING
Last month we had an excellent presentation by George Kenner of Kenner and Sons Orchids, titled "An Overview of Australian Orchids'. Almost in series fashion we have another Australian Orchids presenter, this time from Sydney, Australia. David Banks will be on US tour starting with the SDCOS. He has a presentation for us named "Australian Terrestrial Orchids" The beautiful pert of the Australian Orchids is that since their growing environment is so similar to Southern California we can relate to anything Australian. David provided this background for us:
David P. Banks is from Sydney, Australia, and has been growing orchids for almost 30 years, since the age of five. He is a qualified orchid judge with the Australian Orchid Council, and the current editor of the Australasian Native Orchid Society. He has had over 90 papers relating to orchids published since 1980. In 1998, David was appointed editor ofthe sedes-Australian Orchid Research, the sdenfir~ publication oftheAustralian Orchid Foundation. David has frequently wntton for Orchids Australia, where he served five years as editodal consultant, and his acclaimed photographs appear in this and other domestic and international joumals. He has conducted three successful intemational lecture tours and has been invited on another tour of Canada and the USA in April - May 1999, in conjunction with the World Orchid Conference in Vancouver. David's first book, Tropical Orchids of Southeast Asia, was published in 1999.
Dave Reid of Reid's Orchids is providing plants for the Plant Opportunity Table. Do yourself a favor and visit Reid's Orchids impressive nursery, just north of Escondido, at your earliest opportunity. Dave says he will provide Cattleyas, Epidendrum hybrids and Dendrobiums, including some Noblie types. (Remember-you can spend your Orchid Bucks for raffle tickets!)
Dear Orchid Friends,
I hope you all saw the big 'Orchid Oasis' show because it was truly spectacular! Our annual event is one of the few big West Coast shows put on entirely by volunteers. It's a favorite with both visitors and exhibitors.
Bud Close, our Show Chairman and Cindy Hill, Assistant Show Chairman, really did a fine job of organizing the troops so that everything ran smoothly. The banquet Saturday night was fun and the food was delicious. It was a good opportunity to enjoy the fruits of all the labors expended to put on such a big event. We relaxed, socialized and enjoyed good orchid conversation.
The one sad note was the passing of longtime volunteer Marge Anderson. She had been a member of SDCOS for over 30 years and was a fixture at the corsage booth. She had held many jobs over the years including secretary. A memorial service was held for her February 27.
It's now officially Spring. Time to attend to our beloved orchids as they begin to put out new growth. A checklist on page ten provides us some inspiration and direction. Esther Sivila's new column, 'Orchid Talk', starts off defining some orchid terms we may not be familiar with. Also inside you'll find updates on the conservation projects we sponsor, including one here in San Diego County. I'm really enjoying all the support in the form of articles and ideas from our members. it's heartening to be part of such a large group with so many people willing to give of their time and energy. I thank each of you and continue to welcome articles and ideas. I look forward to seeing you at April's meeting.
AS THE ORCHID OASIS DUST SETTLES...
As this issue goes to press, we have just taken down the final table, carried out the last plant, swept up the last bit of bark...the Orchid Oasis show has ended. And what a great show it was! Over 8,000 people came through the door in 21 hours. They were treated to grand displays, some the most creative in years. A personal favorite was the tropical paradise dreamed up by the Maharlika Group, which included a stunning hand painted backdrop, palm trees made from yuccas, and a waterfall tumbling into a pond with live goldfish! Visitors also saw orchids gracing a steaming volcano, a harem tent, a 'San Diego back yard', a desert scene overseen by a hungry vulture, reflecting ponds, and a 'Real Man's Oasis'.
Weather cooperated with us this spring, and quite a few more plants were brought in for bench judging this year than last. The Cymbidiums were especially magnificent. Besides ribbon and trophy awards, seven of our members received coveted AOS / CSA recognition for plants and exhibits. As for the Sales Room...our Vendors were happily deluged by a steady crowd of customers who came to shop, and who shopped, and shopped. One vendor had brought 500 plants to sell...by Sunday morning, only 20 plants remained. Our SDCOS booth sold donated plants and brought in over $5024.00 (is that the highest ever?.); these funds will support Society conservation efforts.
Of the many improvements in the show this year, by far the most popular was our new Plant Hotel. We checked in 1,257 bags, plants, and boxes for grateful and relieved customers. Vendors told us their customers were buying plants, then coming back and getting more, simply because they had a place to store their first purchases. Visitors went back in to look at the Displays, knowing their purchases were safe. Some very special Society members came through for us at the last minute, volunteering for Hotel duty when the Girl Scouts couldn't come, and made it fly. We will definitely offer this service again next year.
The Show came together as an entertaining, informative venue where the public could learn more about orchids and purchase some (many!) to take home. Our success is entirely due to wonderful volunteers who contributed countless hours in organizing the show, and donated even more hours of sheer labor in making it happen. We want to sincerely thank all of you who have made this a successful team effort. We will acknowledge each of you by name in next month's issue. We look forward to working with you again as a team in preparing for our show in the year 2000!
YOUR SHOW IDEAS WELCOME
To all Society members:
With the show still a fresh memory, we'd like to hear your comments and suggestions. What was your favorite part of the show? What area can use some improvement?, what else would you like to see as part of the show? Any ideas for next year's theme? You can call, mail, fax, er e-mail us, and let us know what you think. Or, catch one of us at the April general meeting. Or, tell your ideas to your Show Committee chair so they can tell us at the final review meeting on Tuesday, April 20. By any means, we want to hear from YOU!
Bud Close and Cindy Hill
AOS Show Trophy for Best Exhibit: Andy's Orchids
Orchid Digest Show Trophy for Best Amateur Exhibit: San Diego County Orchid Society
Best Exhibit for Effect (Open): Andy`s Orchids
Best Exhibit for Effect (Amateur): Mahadika Group
Best Exhibit-Natural (Amateur):Marosz-Swanson
CSA Gold Medal for Best Cymbidium Exhibit: Casa de las Orquideas
Best Orchid in Show: Vanda Fuchs Fortune, Orchid House
Best Cymbidium (open): Cym. Wyaiong xMighty Mouse, exhibited by Tom Huse
Best Hybrid Cymbidium (Amateur): Cym. Ruby Eyes, exhibited by M. & L Resurreci on
Best American Hybrid (Open): Cym. WoodyWilson'Ann,' exhibited by Casa de las Orquideas
Best 3 Cymbidiums(open): C.Regal Ruby, C.Baltic Dew, C.Feathahill Fan Fair, exhibitors Jim and Lise Wright
Best 3 Cymbidiums (Amateur): Green Glass (Claude Pepper x Pebbles), exhibited by A. Ferrario
Best Reed Stem Epidendrum(Open): Epi Fireball, exhibited by Jim and Lise Wright
Best Colored Cattleya(open): Cattleya intermedia, exhibited by Bruce Hubbard
Best Colored Cattleya (Amateur): C. Irene Holquin, exhibited by Forrest Robinson
Best Mini Cattleya (Open): C. loddegesii, exhibited by Greg Luetticke
Best Mini Cattleya (Amateur): Lc Trick or Treat, exhibited by Pamela Peters
Best 3 Cattleyes (Open): Lc Mini Purple, Sl Isabella Stone, C. walkeriana var. coerulea, Islander Delights
Best Sophronitis hybrid (Open): Sl Isabella Stone exhibited by Islander Delights
Best Phalaenopsis (Open): Phal. Dynamite 'Red Ruby', exhibited by Fred Clarke
Best Paphiopedilum (Open and Amateur): Paph. delenatii, exhibited by Cindy Hill
Best Paphiopedilum (Open): Phragmipedium caudatum, exhibited by Orchids of Los Osos
Best Vanda Alliance (Open): V. Fuchs Fortune, exhibited by Orchid House
Best Dendrobium (Open): D. kingianum, exhibited by Andy's Orchids
Best Odontoglossum (Open): Odm. Durham Picot Sunset Giant AM/AOS, exhibited by Sunset Orchids
Most Unique Orchid (Open): Coryanthes speciosum, exhibited by Andy`s Orchids
...... More Next Month
ORCHID TALK...By Esther Sivila
When I was growing up in the Philippines we always had orchids around the house. They were either growing on the trunks and limbs of trees or they were attached to dried coconut husks and hanging up. I did not see anyone growing them in pots. We had "Sanggumay" (Dendrobium anosmum, or hono-hono) and some unnamed ones which I presumed were species. I would like to share with you some subject matters about orchids that i think you will find interesting.
Here in the U.S. my first orchid was a Cymbidium given to me as a present. Next I received some Epidendrums. I liked the Epis because they bloom all year round and dont require much care. I collected different colors of them until I had too many. After a while I decided to try some other genera so I bought my first Cattleya. The name tag said "BLC Bryce Canyon Splendiflorous". Being very naive about orchid names I asked the vendor what BLC meant. But she knew nothing of orchids besides selling them. So I went to the library, borrowed some books, also bought a few and read them. This is how I learned what I know about orchids supplemented by information received from growers everywhere, especially growers from the SDCOS.
In this column I would like to share a list of multi-generic hybrid crosses from books and publications that I have read. When I say crosses, I mean a cross between two or more genera (inter-generic), not between two varieties of the same genus. Before I start this list, I think it is a good idea to define and clarify orchid terms. Let's start with ....
Species - these are orchids (or plants, or animals) es found in their natural habitat, where no man-made cross-breeding has occurred. [Note: - Species (pronounced spee-shees) is both singular and plural. A "specie" (pronounced "spee-see") is a term for money]
Genus - a subdivision of a family, consisting of one or more species which show similar characterisfles and appear to have a common ancestry Catlleya is a genus, as is Encyclia.
Genera - plural of genus. Cattieya, Encyclia, Cymbidium, Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, Paphiopeditum and Dendrobium are examples of different genera.
Clone - one genetically individuaJ plant, and its subsequent divisions.
Division - the splitrig of one plant into two or more pieces. The flowers of these divisions will always look like these of the original big plant.
Mericlone - a plant that was produced by meristem tissue culture and not from a seed pod.
Meristem - the rapidly growing and dividing celb of a plant. These are found at thetips of the roots and vegetatively active parts of the plant.
Meristem Culture - a method of producing many genetical¥ identical plants from a superior clone. This is done in a aterile laboratory where the meristematic tissue is removed and its cells are induced to multiply to form protocorms (tike plant embryos). These can be cut into many more small pieces and again induced to muralply. When sufficient protocorms have developed they are allowed to mature into plants, each one identical to the original done. Meristem culture lets us buy high quality orchids at a reasonable price by producing many identical plants from a single superior clone.
Cross - fertilization of an orchid flower with the pollen from a different plant to produce seed. The seeds grow into plants which carry genetic material from both parents.
Intergeneric hybrid - a hybrid (cross) made between two different genera. For example, a cross between an Epidendrum and a Cattleya is known as an Epicattleya.
Do you know that when you read the labels, the name of the pod parent (mother) is mentioned first, and then crossed (X) by the pollen parent (father)? Also, that the genus part of the orchid's name always starts with a capital letter, and the species part with a small letter? (ie. Cymbidium tracyanum, Laelia albida, Phalenopsis amabills, etc.)
We'll stop here and start with multigeneric names in the next issue.
~ DATES TO REMEMBER ~
April 3, 9:00 am
April 6, 7:30pm- SDCOS General
April 9--11, Palomar Orchid
April 13, 7:00 pm- SDCOS Board
April 14- Cymbidium Society
April 17 & 18 - Flower Show, Coronado
April 26, 7:00 pm
May 4, 6:00 pm
Remember to visit our SDCOS Home Page on the Internet, our Webmaster continues to create a beautiful site each month. You will see lots of orchid photos from the prize winning entries exhibited at our Orchid Oasis Show. (As time permits, I've been busy lately! - Duncan).
"SERVICE TO OUR MEMBERS SECTION"
HELP HOTLINE: The SDCOS offers a service to members who seek cultural information about their orchids. Here are some friendly hobbyists who have a great deal of experience and knowledge about certain types of orchids, and who have kindly volunteered to answer your questions. There are no commercial growers on this list.
Oncidium/Odontoglossum, and Vandaceous, Greenhouse grown,
West SD county Forrest Robinson - (619) 270-6105
San Diego County
These are many of the
hard-working volunteers that keep our Society running.
There are many others with no titles that help these
folks make it happen. You are invited to help. Ask any of
these people how.