Southern Ontario Orchid Society

Next Meeting:

Sunday, 1 April 2018 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens in Floral Hall

Speaker: Patricia Harding, on Taxonomy.

Patricia Harding is an internationally known author and taxonomist. She is well known for her work with the AOS Species Identification Task Force. Her talk will draw the viel on the mysterious world of naming plants.

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Plant of the Month - January 2018

Paphiopedilum venustum album

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!


2018 Membership on sale now at the membership desk.

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.

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Future Meetings:

  • April 1st  Patricia Harding from out West will be our guest.
Please check the Calendar for more events and details.

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.