Sue Bottom & Courtney Hackney
Sue and Courtney teamed up to talk about orchid problems, how to promote orchid health and what to do when things go wrong. Lots of audience participation with pictures of orchids sent in to the SAOS.
Mark Reinke, Marble Branch Farms
Mark talked about the dendrobiums, more than 2000 species of orchids grouped into 40+ sections, which ones will grow well for us here in Florida and how to grow them.
Glenn Gross, Gross Orchids
Glenn did a hands-on demonstration of how to create mounts, select the right mount for your orchid, attach the orchid to the mount and then get the roots growing. All live, without a laptop, great learning experience!
Courtney picked up mature plants at the Orchid Trail in North Carolina for our spring auction. He discussed each plant's background followed by some lively bidding. A good time was had by all.
Steve Arthur, Steve Arthur Orchids
Steve talked about his successes when growing orchids in a cypress mulch blend commonly available at the big box stores. He explained how different substances can be added to the mix depending on the genera and cautioned against letting the mix dry out completely which can cause the cypress to dry rot.
Courtney Hackney, Hackneau's Art & Orchids
Courtney filled in for our scheduled speaker and did a great jump explaining how to get your orchids to rebloom. Make sure your plant is growing well enough that it can store excess energy for blooming and then provide the environmental changes that trigger blooming.
Suzanne Susko, St. Augustine Orchid Society
Suzanne Susko grows her immaculate plants in her pool lanai and moves them into a pop up greenhouse during the winter months. She offered many growing tips in her excellent presentation,
available here if you want to refresh your memory!
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