March 2016

If you were not in San Francisco the weekend of Feb 26-29 you missed the Pacific Orchid Exposition which is one of the largest if not the largest orchid shows in the US. Depending on when you receive and read this newsletter you might have already missed the Santa Barbara International Orchid Exposition (SBIOE) which is/was on March 4-6. Setup of the FCOS display at SBIOE is on WednesdayMarch 2, so if you read this before then and have orchids our society could use in the display please contact either Eric Holenda or me and we will figure out how to take them on a road trip. BUT, of most importance is the FCOS show which you all know will be held on April 1-3. For that weekend we need both your orchids and YOU. We have many tasks (most of which involve sitting on a chair) to accomplish and when many people help the work will get completed easily. If you do not volunteer you will miss out on a great experience.

At the February meeting I brought up the idea about FCOS having an Orchid Coach program and I am still waiting for someone to volunteer to be the program's coordinator. I believe this program will allow new members and visitors to feel more comfortable at the meetings which will hopefully make them want to become long term members. So hopefully someone will step forward and give me a call (489-9046) and volunteer. The coordinator's job will only take a small amount of time. We will also need Coaches to help with the program so don't be shy as I know all of you like to talk and will know more about orchids than a true beginner. The coaches will need to provide the following information: name, email, telephone and/or cell phone number, orchid specialty, and the most convenient time for receiving an initial contact call. Coaches might just talk to the folks at the meeting and not need to talk to them at a time outside of our meetings. This is a great way to make visitors and new members feel they are part of the group more quickly.

The last time Fred Clarke from Sunset Valley Orchids spoke to us, he mentioned that he has switched to using Kiwi Orchid Bark for his orchid media and has found his orchids are growing much better that in regular bark or Orchiata bark. He is the California distributor for Kiwi Bark and FCOS is going to have bags of it brought to our show for anyone that does a PRE-ORDER WITH ME. You must contact me by March 26 with the number of bags and size of Kiwi Bark you want delivered to the show. Each bag is $22 each and is 50 liters (1.76 cu. ft.) in size. The three sizes are listed below. It will come up in the SVO truck when Ruben drives up to our show so I do not believe there will be any shipping charges. I will NOT be ordering any additional bags in hopes that someone who did not order will want some. So place your order before the March 26 deadline.

Kiwi Orchid Bark sizes: #2, fine 1/8 to 1/4" #3,medium 1/4" to ½” #4, large 1/2" to ¾”

Our program this month will be conducted by two leading orchid growers on the Central Coast: Eric Holenda and Larry Vierheilig. They will be demonstrating how to prep your orchids for our show in April. They are asking us to bring plants to use for their demonstrations. Eric and Larry will have the supplies needed for making your orchids ‘show ready.’

Congratulations, Eric Holenda
The Orchid Digest Diamond Award 2016
Thank you for your service and dedication to the FCOS


AOS judge Arthur Pinkers spoke to FCOS about Warm Growing Oncidium Intergenerics at the February, 2016 meeting. Arthur has been growing orchids since he was 16 and became an AOS judge when he lived in the state of Washington. He moved to sunny California in 2004 and had to change the groups of orchids he was growing due to the warmer temperatures. Temperatures at his house have ranged from about 20-110°F. Oncidiums Intergenerics like to have humidity of 70-90, light of about 2,000-3,000 foot candles and they need more shade when the air temperatures increase. He has found they grow best for him when he uses 1/4 to 1/2 strength fertilizer. He uses a fast draining and airy media as the roots do not like to be in stagnant conditions. Some of the species and hybrids need a winter rest but not all of them have this requirement. He showed many slides of different species making up the genera in the 'Oncidium' type orchids. He then showed slides of Bi-generic, Tri-generic, Tetra-generic and Penta-generic hybrids which are individual with parentage consisting of more than one genus. Arthur is an AOS judge so the photos were very good.

He also takes care of the Pacific South AOS judging center website, so if you are interested in seeing the orchids that this group has awarded, go to '' and click on the AWARDS tab. If you want to see awarded orchids from many of the AOS judging centers go to ''. I suggest you do not go to either of these sites if you do not have a lot of time to sit back and be amazed at the great diversity of awarded orchids

March 5 & 6, 2016 – 10 AM to 4 PM Annual Napa Valley Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale. “Out of This World Orchid” Free Admission Napa Senior Center - 1500 Jefferson St. Napa.

March 4 - 6, 2016: 9 AM – 5 PM 71st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. “Wild World of Orchids”. Earl Warren Show Grounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

March 18 & 19, 2016 Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers Show & Sale. 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City, CA. Set-Up and Plant entry Friday 10:00AM – 6PM; CSA, AOS and ribbon judging starting at 7PM. Show and Sale open to the public Saturday 10AM to 4PM. Cultural seminars, outstanding plants and exhibits, sales by members and plant raffles throughout the day. For more information visit the web site at see poster

March 18-20, 2016 Golden Gate Cymbidium Society 27th Annual Show and Sale. Sat.& Sun. 10AM – 5PM. Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA. For information 510-276-2851 or visit the web site

April 1-3, 2016 Central Coast Orchid Show and Sale Saturday 9-5pm, Sunday 10-5pm 800 W. Branch Street, Arroyo Grande see for details and flyer THIS IS US FOLKS

April 13, 2016 The Cool Growing Orchid Society Annual Auction will be held April 13, 2016 at the Garden Grove Masonic Lodge, 11270 Acacia Pkwy, Garden Grove 92840.  Preview and registration starts at 6:30 PM, and the auction begins at 7 PM.