Highlights from 2018 Orchid Spectacular Show

As a member of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV), Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) participates in their annual show by having a dedicated stand of flowering orchids.

The following are highlights from the SSOS stand at the 25th Annual Melbourne Orchid Spectacular “Experience the Beauty of Orchids“, which was held on Friday 24th – Sunday 26th August, 2018 at the Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park, 655 Westernport Highway, Skye.

SSOS received 7 Awards at the Show. These are listed on our SSOS Stand at 2018 OSCOV Show page.

  • Congratulations to all SSOS Club winners and competitors who helped with our display and members who volunteered their time and helping hands to make the OSCOV Show to be nothing less than a ‘Spectacular’.

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What’s New in 2019 at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS)

The Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except January).

  • Our First Monthly Members Meeting for 2019 will be held on Wednesday 6th February at 8.00 pm (early session 7.30 pm).
  • Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)
  • Topic: Orchid 101 | Back to the Basics

If you are interested in attending this meeting or any of our future events, visit our 2019 Calendar page.

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Orchid of the Month | Sarcochilus

Most Sarcochilus (pronounced Sar-co-kyle-us) orchids are native to Australia; with only one species being found overseas. The most widely grown species (Sarcochilus hartmannii, S. fitzgeraldii and S. ceciliae) grow on rocks in the areas of New South Wales or Queensland. However all three of these species grow happily in pots in Melbourne shade houses.

Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Sarcochilus Orchid Care page.

  • See more images in our Sarcochilus photo gallery.

For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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Orchid of the Month | Sarcochilus

Most Sarcochilus (pronounced Sar-co-kyle-us) orchids are native to Australia; with only one species being found overseas. The most widely grown species (Sarcochilus hartmannii, S. fitzgeraldii and S. ceciliae) grow on rocks in the areas of New South Wales or Queensland. However all three of these species grow happily in pots in Melbourne shade houses.

Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Sarcochilus Orchid Care page.

For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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Christmas Cheers!

Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is approaching and SSOS will celebrate its December meeting with a wonderful festive feast. Members and their guests are invited to the End of Year Annual Dinner on Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m start.

The night begins with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, followed by dinner provided by SSOS and its members.

The Club will provide hot roast lamb, chicken, potatoes and vegetables. Members are encouraged to supplement the feast by providing salads and sweets for all to share.

  • Please remember to provide your own crockery, cutlery, drinks and drinking glasses.

Bring a friend, bring many

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Orchid Pests and Diseases

Four Easy Ways to Prevent Orchid Pests and Disease  

  • Always use sterilized tools whenever working with orchids – especially when you are cutting roots, leaves, and/or stems. Intense heat (like the flame from a lighter) or a diluted solution of bleach can be used to sterilize your tools.
  • Always water your plants early in the day to allow for all water to dry before cooler night-time temperatures. Use cotton swabs to remove excess water that gets stuck in all the little nooks of your plant.
  • Never over-crowd your orchids. Make sure that they have adequate air circulation around them. A fan can be used to replicate the gentle breeze that orchids enjoy in their natural outdoor environment.
  • Always repot your orchids in NEW potting matter, use NEW (or sterilized) pots.

For further tips and ideas, on pest control for your orchids, why not come along to our next Monthly Meeting (and Christmas dinner) or visit us at our first meeting for 2019:

Next meeting | Wednesday 6th February, 2019 for 8.00 pm (Early session 7.30 pm)

  • Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin

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October Highlights

Our October meeting produced a wide variety of flowering orchids for mid-Spring. The winners of the Popular Vote (People) vs the Judges Vote went to:

  • Judges Vote: Dendrobium speciosum Windermere x Daylight Moon, seedling flowering for the first time; and the Popular Vote went to Vanda coerulea.

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month.

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Orchid of the Month | Pleione

Pleiones (pronounced plea-own-ease) are native orchids found in the mountains of the Himalayas, southern China and Taiwan. Most species enjoy cool conditions and are suited to cultivation in a cool semi-shaded location in Melbourne gardens.

Pleiones are annual plants, dying down in late autumn to leave one or more bulbs. These remain dormant until early spring, when the new growth begins.

Learn more about these orchids and their culture on our Pleione Orchid Care page.

  • See more images in our Pleione photo gallery.

For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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ORCHIDS | Discovery. Cultivation. Utilisation – A Brief History

Our November meeting will be the last guest speaker presentation for 2018. (The December meeting is our annual Christmas dinner for members and guests).

  • Our presentation is Orchids | Discovery. Cultivation. Utilisation – A Brief History

Guest Speaker: John Thompson who is a long time member of the Australian Plant Society and is currently the President of the South East Melbourne group of the APS. He has been a regular presenter at the Plant Genus Workshops at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne since their inception in 2010.

  • A keen grower of Stylidiums (Triggerplants) and other unusual Australian plants, he has provided plants for the gardens at Cranbourne.
  • When not gardening, he works for a stained glass studio as an artisan/fabricator producing works for both domestic and public buildings.

When:  Wednesday 7th November, 2018 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. Feel free to ‘bring a plate’.

  • This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

Early session: This is run by our erstwhile Show Marshal Bob Harrison. Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m.

  • For regular members – Don’t forget to bring along your seedlings for the monthly recall Sarc. Elise ‘Babylon’ x Fitzhart ‘Sunset’ and Cymbid. erythraeum

Visitors and interested guests are always welcome, so remember to bring a friend – bring many!

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Highlights from our September 2018 Monthly Meeting

Orchids grow all year round so it is not difficult to find something flowering during every month of the year. At Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS), members grow a wide variety of orchids and seldom have difficulties finding something to bench each month. Here are some examples of what we exhibited at our monthly competition for judging in September, 2018.

For further examples, from this meeting see our Flowering Now – September 2018 page.

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