Sunday, 4 March 2018 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall
- Sales start at 12:00 (not before)
- Meeting starts at 1:00
- Culture Snapshots start at 12:15
Speaker: Spencer Hauck, on Pests and Disease.
Spencer studied horticulture and some botany at Humber College. He is a Certified Horticultural Technician (CHT) with Landscape Ontario , and the North American Landscape Association. He has been cultivating orchids since 2002 (successfully since 2004) and is a member of the Central Ontario Orchid Society
Plant of the Month - January 2018
Paphiopedilum venustum album shown as a healthy specimen plant with charming white, yellow and green flowers. Erika purchased the plant many years ago from Oak Hill Gardens. She grows it in a north-facing bedroom window where it gets quite cool temperatures of 68F (probably cooler near the window) during the winter, but late day sun in the summer. Since it likes it warmer she avoids rot during the cold, by keeping it almost dry. The plant sits atop a piece of egg-crate in a container with some water in it. The deep windowsill has the forced air heaters under it and the circulation of the forced air system in the two-storey house provides the required air movement. She repots it every year into a mix based on Eric Lee’s mix, but loosened with the addition of bark, Perlite, Charcoal, washed coconut chips, eggshells and limestone chips. Erika waters the plant once a week with weak fertilizer at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon of water. She alternates between MSU fertilizer and fish fertilizer. A lovely result!
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- February 10 & 11 - SOOS Annual Valentine's Orchid Show
- March 4th Pests and Diseases with Mr. Spense
- April 8th Patricia Harding from out West will be our guest.