CJOS Orchid Society News

February 2015 Meeting

Speaker: David Rosenfeld

Topic: WHERE IN THE WORLD

This talk is more than just a quiz to see if you know where in the world a particular orchid species is found. Yes you will be asked to write down what continent, and if possible, what country or countries that species is endemic. After the quiz I will discuss each of the 15 species and describe the habitat that they thrive in.

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NOVEMBER 2014 MEETING

Speaker: Ed Weber

Ed Weber is probationary judge at the Mid-Atlantic judging center in Philadelphia with a special interest in miniature orchids. He has been especially attracted to Pleurothallids. This mostly miniature group produces exotic flowers that can astound the grower with their variety and splendor, such as the pictured Pleurothallid alata.

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OCTOBER 2014 MEETING

ORCHIDS OF MADAGASCAR

Speaker: Tom Purviance

Everyone in our society knows Tom. He and John Salventi were the owners of Parkside Orchids. Tom is an expert grower and excellent speaker.
The orchids of Madagascar are unique. They have developed in an isolated environment creating species found no where else in the world. The famous orchid Angraecum sesquipedale (see adjacent photo) described by Charles Darwin is the most famous orchid of Madagascar.

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Random Thoughts About Repotting by David Rosenfeld

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1. Should you soak bark before repotting? Ideally you should soak the bark overnight.This starts the wetting process so the bark holds more water. Also tiny components will settle out to the bottom of the bucket. I have too many plants and do not worry about presoaking. I just water the recently repotted plants more often until I feel the bark is holding an adequate amount of water.

2. Best time to repot is when the orchid is in active growth. Ideally when you see new roots just emerging.

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JANUARY MEETING

Speaker: Maurice Marietti: orchid photographer for the Philadelphia judging region

Topic: "The Beauties and the Beasts" photos of beautiful and not so beautiful orchids

Maurice is an extraordinary talent. Do not miss this meeting.

Meeting Thursday Jan 9. Note date change for usual first Wednesday.

Photo: Stanhopea graveolens: species from Belize

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December Holiday Party

The Holiday Party will be held on December 6 at the Johnson Education Center. The party is for paid up members for 2013-14 and one guest. Members will provide the appetizers and dessert. The society will provide the main course. Members will be receiving an E-vite. Please bring plants for monthly judging. There will be orchid gifts for all.

Dendrobium obtusisepalum

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