2019 SAOS Newsletters
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Jim talked about how orchid hybrids are made and what the hybridizer must consider before making a cross. He showed us how orchids are pollinated, how the seed is flasked under sterile conditions and then the plantlets removed from the flask when they are large enough to survive on their own. His talk included a demonstration of deflasking orchids with compots and plug trays entrusted with a few members to grow up to be shared with other club members.
Guest speaker Andy Easton reflects on influential and colorful characters from the world of orchids.
He waxed poetic about some, like Rebecca Tyson Northen and Ernest Hetherington. Others, well, not so much! One thing for certain, Andy knows where all the bodies are buried!
June - Novelty Brassavola/Cattleya Breeding-Spiders & Stars
Allen Black, Allen Black Orchids
Our featured speaker, Allen Black, wowed the crowd with his 'Spiders and Stars' talk on novelty Brassavola/Cattleya alliance breeding. Allen is a hobbyist orchid grower and breeder who specializes in unusual Brassavola hybrids, often combining nodosa and cucullata with other Cattleya alliance species and hybrids. Beautiful flowers and engaging presentation!
May - Laelia purpurata and Its Hybrids
Vern Bloch, prior owner of Palm Bay Orchid Range
Vern talked about Laelia purpurata, one of the finest of all cultivated orchids. In addition to its large showy flowers, it has one of the widest ranges of color forms. There are probably more named cultivars of L. purpurata than any other Laelia or Cattleya species. This species is used extensively in hybridizing and Vern has amassed a nice collection of the species and hybrids.
Links to sites of interest, Orchid Society resources, SAOS speakers sites, Orchid Society sites, artwork and photography sites and videos.
March - Tolumnias, the Equitant Oncidiums
Daryl Venables, Tezula Plants
Daryl talked about the key to growing Tolumnias, understanding their natural habitat, growing on twigs where they are exposed to bright light and air movement. Moisture is provided by high humidity and by daily rain showers or heavy dews. Due to constant air movement by the trade winds, plants never remain wet for long.
Gene talked about the Cattleyas of the Andes, taking us on a tour from north to south showing the species and their color forms, giving us tips about their culture and value in hybridizing. A program by a master of hybridizing with cattleyas and other genera.
Dave talked about different methods and reasoning in building your cattleya collection, with interesting stories about the beautiful orchids in his family's heirloom collection.