2023 SAOS Newsletters
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March - Oncidiums
Steve Hawkins, The Orchid Specialist
Steve talked about oncidiums and oncidium intergenerics. There is quite a variation in types of oncidium orchids from the miniature Tolumnias to the large varieties with long, arching inflorescences. Steve shared his tricks with these easy to grow and flower orchids. After graduating college with a degree in horticulture, Steve started work at Rod McLellan's Acres of Orchids in San Francisco, and ultimately began his own nursery, The Orchid Specialist, in Apopka. He has retired and now grows orchids for his personal enjoyment, and consults with hobbyists that may be experiencing problems.
Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our March Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
February - Broughtonias and Their Hybrids
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids
Phillip Hamilton talked about the Broughtonia species and some of their hybrids, with lots of focus on how to grow them. Phillip showed many images of how they grow naturally in Jamaica to help guide you in your mounting and watering habits, and many beautiful flowers too!
Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our February Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
Kristen was our virtual speaker this month, joining us from her home in Michigan. Kristen says "Eventually everyone runs out of room for more orchids—unless they’re really small. While their size intimidates some people, miniatures are just as tough as their larger relatives. What makes them so appealing is their variety of form in addition to flower, and they are just plain cute! The fact that they take up so little space means that you can have a lot of different kinds of orchids in a limited area."
Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our January Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.