What’s Flowering in July

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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Winner of the July Members Virtual Vote Competition

Please Note: Due to continuing restrictions on Club Meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, SSOS has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members. Each member is eligible to submit a currently-flowering plant for the specified time period and members can vote for the flowering orchid they like; similar to the in-house popular vote contest, but does not include the formal official Judges vote.

Here is the winner of our July 2020 Virtual Vote Competition:

The winner of our July 2020 Members Virtual Voting competition was Fredclarkeara ‘After Dark’ | [Growers: M&S Early]

Check out our Previous meeting winners

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What’s Flowering in June

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.

  • Examples from our June Virtual Voting competition can be viewed from this link.

To view all entries in this competition please visit this link.

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June Virtual Voting Competition | Winner

Due to continuing restrictions on club meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members.

Each member can submit currently-flowering plants for the specified time period which becomes eligible for entry into a monthly virtual voting competition; where members can vote for the flowering orchid they like. This is similar to the in-house Popular Vote contest, but does not include the formal official Judges Vote.

  • The image below, is the winner of our June Virtual Voting Competition. We had 67 entries submitted by 18 Club growers. Of these, 14 plants received votes but the winner with the most number of votes was:
  • Oncidium sotoanum | [Growers: E&T Stiles]

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Learn How to Grow This Pterostylis

Pterostylis is a ‘Terrestrial‘ orchid which literally means an orchid that grows in the ground. According to an article by Frankie Fraser, there are approximately 1200 native orchid species in Australia and more than half of these are terrestrials which are mostly unique to Australia. They have tubers, and few roots because they live in association with fungi, (mycorrhizal fungi), which gather nutrients for the orchid. Some of these orchids are easy to grow, while some are difficult and others are impossible because of a special symbiotic relationship that they have with the mycorrhizal fungi. More information on Pterostylis can be found in the article by Frankie Fraser”Native Terrestrial Orchids – Give Them a Go!” (from ‘Even More Orchids in Victoria‘, 2006).

For more information: Visit the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) Website under the section Articles & Resources.

  • For photos of Pterostylis see our Pterostylis photo 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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What’s Flowering in May

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.

Although we cannot show any plants at our regular monthly meetings due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions placed on societies and clubs, some members have submitted pictures of flowering orchids in their garden, for the month of May.

  • The images featured below also competed in the first Members Virtual Voting competition in May 2020. The winner for this inaugural competition was Miltonia Tropic Skies Mauve.

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What’s Flowering in April

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.

  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions, members could not attend normal monthly club meetings. Instead, some members have offered photos of their orchids which were in flower in their gardens in April, 2020.

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Want to Know More About the Cattleya Alliance?

Cattleyas are native to Central and South America from Mexico to Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina and concentrated in the Andean regions of northern and western South America and the Brazilian forest. Some 60 species grow in the wild in  a range of habitats from the steamy Amazon jungle to the peaks in the Andes mountain range where the night temperatures drop to freezing. Therefore, Cattlelyas are among the most adaptable of orchid family.

Cattleyas should be grown with as much light as possible but not so much that the leaves become yellow and burnt. during Summer 50% shade should be sufficient. They are grown in plastic pots and they grow well a hanging from shade houses where they receive ample light. Cook, Terry. “Growing Orchids in Australia” Golden Press, Silverwater, NSW, 1989.

Find out more on our Cattleya Alliance Orchid Care page.

  • For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership inquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
  • See also our Cattleya and Laelia photo gallery.

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Result of the First SSOS Members Virtual Voting Competition | May 2020

Here at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) we believe that we are the first orchid  club or society in Victoria, Australia and possibly the world, to introduce a member’s only virtual voting competition for members flowering plants.

  • We endevour to continue this initiative each month under current local Victorian State  ‘lockdown’ restrictions in order to keep member enjoyment, enthusiasm and engagement relevant during these difficult and challenging times.

Due to continuing restrictions on club meetings through Covid-19 distancing advice, SSOS has embarked on a special Virtual Voting competition for all financial members.

Each member can submit currently-flowering plants for the specified time period which becomes eligible for entry into a monthly virtual voting competition; where members can vote for the flowering orchid they like. This is similar to the in-house Popular Vote contest, but does not include the formal official Judges Vote.

  • Miltonia Tropic Skies Mauve [Grower: H Formica]

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Hard-Cane, Soft-Cane, Hybrid or Australian Native

Dendrobiums never fail.

This photo gallery has some examples of the many varieties of Dendrobiums our members grow and show at either our monthly meetings; inter-club contests; State Shows or at our Annual Spring Show.

See our other photo gallery pages for:

Cattleyas and Laelias | Coelogynes | Cymbidiums | Dendrobiums | Masdevallias | Oncidiums | Paphiopedilums | Phalaenopsis | Pleiones | Pterostylis | Sarcochilus | Stanhopeas | Zygopetalums | Other Genera

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