Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Next Meeting:

Sunday 27 January 2019 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall

Annual Orchid Show February 9 and 10

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Plant of the Month - November 2018

John Vermeer brought in a beautiful small growing Cattleya What’ll It Be ‘Josee’ HCC/AOS with five perky bright flowers on one inflorescence. The plant is named in honour of John’s wife. John pointed out to us that usually if the lip is flat so will be the petals, because they echo the lip construction. When John had the plant awarded it only had two flowers on one inflorescence. The flowers were a combination of brick red, orange, white and magenta! He summers it out of doors under a shade cloth and winters it indoors under HIV lights. He fertilizes all his plants with MSU fertilizer plus adds slow-release fertilizer onto the well-draining medium in the spring. He re-pots all his cattleyas before bringing them indoors in the fall. The show table also had a lovely Encyclia diota variety atrorubra on it shown by Michael Wong. Its small light and dark purple flowers are very charming. It is a plant that is not easy to grow. Michael told us that he only flowers it during hot summers. It is a high light plant that takes Cattleya culture, that is, re-pot annually and dry out between waterings.!


2019 Membership on sale now at the membership desk or ONLINE.

Annual membership is $30 with the newsletter by email. Newsletter by Canada Post $15 extra unless you are a pre 2011 member in continuous good standing receiving the newsletter by Canada Post.

Now is the time to get your 2019 SOOS memberships. The earlier you purchase or renew a membership, the more opportunities you will have to win the draw for a blooming orchid at the November, December and January meetings. You must be in attendance to win the orchid draw, so if your name is chosen and you are not in attendance, we will draw again until a winner is chosen. All names go back into the draw for the following month, so purchase your membership early to increase your odds of winning.

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Importing Orchids into Canada

This is a very complex and sometimes frustrating topic.
Marilyn H. S. Light, Chair,
Conservation Committee of the Canadian Orchid Congress
sheds some light in this
excellent article. Some things have changed since this writing, but it is still helpful.