August 2014

The Prez Sez

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Hope you are all enjoying this summer weather. Be sure to check on your watering frequency, I know I am finding my plants are drying out much faster. I saw some of you in Santa Barbara for the open house; hope you got some great plants. I am looking forward to visiting Ontario next month for the annual IPA meeting, there will be two new vendors, one from Canada, I always enjoy seeing plants from vendors we do not usually have. If you are interested in the symposium happening on Aug 8, 9, 10 give me a call.


Linda Hauss

Speaker for August 14th

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dannewmanAugust is going to be another one of our "not to be missed" meetings.  Coming all the way from the San Francisco area will be Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens Nursery in Pacifica, Ca. near Half Moon Bay.  I saw Dan's display in last years' San Francisco Orchid Show, and was impressed with the obviously great amount of time and care he put into his display.  His talk will be "The Mysterious Maxillarias", an incredibly varied and little understood group of orchids.  Some of the most impressive plants I have seen in my travels have been members of this genus.

Dan’s information on The Mysterious Maxillarias

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Maxillaria is one of the most widespread and diverse orchid genera of Tropical America.  It contains charming miniatures, spectacular, large-flowered species, and many of intermediate size.  Plant habit is varied, with some species having clustered, pseudo bulbous growths similar to Oncidiums, some with monopodial stems reminiscent of Vandas, and still others with growths held on a rambling rhizome, like many of the Bulbophyllums.  There are hot-growing species from the tropical lowlands, cold growers from the high slopes of the Andes, and many adaptable, intermediate growers from moderate elevations in the mountains of Central and South America.

Speaker Notes July 2014 FCOS Meeting

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mtg-summaryMichael Glickbarg of Orchids of Los Osos spoke to the FCOS members and guests about cooling growing fragrant orchids at their July meeting. Michael said that fragrant orchids are becoming more popular. Many are found from Mexico, through Central America and into South America from 3,000-6,000 feet in elevation. He stated the Miltoniopsis grow in high elevations in Colombia and in our area can grow outside if it is cool enough. Odontoglossums need cool nights and can survive down to 35 F. Zygopletelums grow well in our area and have a great fragrance. Many Maxillarias also have a fragrance.

Hints for August Orchid Care

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  1. It's hot in August and some orchid genera are not happy with the heat, especially those like Masdevallias, Odontoglossums and many Paphiopedilum. We choose to bring in these plants to summer inside during the hot spells. Touching the leaves of orchids during the heat of the day can give a good indication of whether the temps are too much. The best defense is abundant air movement. Orchids can take more heat when the air is moving well around them than they can if the air is still. Abundant air movement also helps dry out tender crowns where water tends to accumulate and where rot can settle in.