August 2015

For those of you who missed our July Potluck and Auction, you missed a great dinner and a chance to bid on a wonderful assortment of orchids. Thanks to all of you that brought plants for the auction and thanks to all of you that bid on and gave new homes to so many plants.

Note from our Treasurer
The Silent Auction brought in $487.  Decent in this day and age, but was $671 last June.

E and C

july auction

Christina and Eric Holenda will do a presentation on their April trip to THAILAND.   Thailand's population is 90% Buddhist, so there will be lots of images of temples and the like.  As far as orchids, the many species of Dendrobiums are the main attraction.  They grow in profusion in many areas, the trees dripping with blooming plants.  That said, the wide variety of different orchid types we encountered was astounding.  In one reserve near the border with Laos, in addition to several Dendrobium species, we saw Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Bulbophyllums, Paphiopedilums, and two Cymbidium species (sorry Chris, no Masdevallias!)   There is just a lot to see, so we hope you all can make it out to also enjoy this wonderful country.

Remember: Our meetings are now being held at the old spot---Arroyo Grande Women’s Center, 211 Vernon, AG. Looking at August 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

  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.

  2. Have you ever noticed little fruit flies around the house and gone looking for the overripe banana in the kitchen and there isn't one? Could they be coming from the orchid plants? The answer is "Yes" and these critters are called "Fungus Gnats". They like moisture and mix that is old and breaking down. These conditions help them to breed and multiply. The larvae also eat tender roots.

  3. This is our last month for fertilizing at the higher summertime levels. Heat, water, light and food are all abundant in August