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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Repotting Orchids – Tips and Advice

  • Repotting – Soak Orchid Bark in large bucket of water overnight prior to dividing the plant. Divide your plant into (2) or (3) sections, only keeping green bulbs and repot into a 20 cm (7”) black plastic pot. Placing the roots under the orchid mix and leaving the bulbs on top of the mix.

  • Sterilizing The Tools – You must sterilize all your cutting tools in methylated spirits. If pots are old you must wash in a good solution of white king and water to stop any infection.
  • After Repotting – Use aslow release fertilizer and store your plant in a cool shaded area for a couple of months to recover from being split up. Plenty of water during this time.
  • Plant Recovery – After your plant has recovered, move to a spot where it will receive plenty of morning sunlight (east) as they do not like the hot northerly or westerly conditions, as they will burn.
  • Watering regime – On a day with hot northerly conditions (sun and wind) – water in the morning and again at night. In summer conditions water once daily and winter twice weekly in the morning.
  • Fertilizing – A slow release fertilizer should used after flowering and then another dose six months later. In between times, fertilize fortnightly or monthly, with a liquid fertilizer at half recommended strength.

For further tips and ideas, on Repotting Orchids and other orchid topics, why not come along to our next Monthly Meeting:

Next meeting | Wednesday 7th November, 2018 at 8.00 pm (Early session 7.30 pm)

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

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SSOS September Success

The results from the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Popular Vote and Judges Vote from our September meeting are:

Judges Vote: Lycaste Hanase x Shoalhaven. This has since received an HCC OSCOV award and is now known as Hanamikuuji ‘Hanna Hudson’. Congratulations go to our President for this winning plant.

The Popular Vote went to Dendrobium nugentii

Other monthly winners can be viewed on our 2018 Judges vs People page.

  • Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th November, 2018 – 8.00 p.m. start at the  N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

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.

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Orchid of the Month | Dendrobium speciosum

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Dendrobium speciousum

There are more than 1600 species of Dendrobium which makes it the second largest genus in the orchid family. Dendrobiums are found throughout India, S.E Asia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Pacific Island, New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. They are mostly epiphytic and sometimes lithophytic.

D. Speciosum or “Rock Lily” is distributed from north-eastern Victoria to far north Cape York Peninsula and is probably Australia’s most widely distributed orchid. Speciosums are found growing on trees a an epiphyte or as a lithophyte on rocks. they have large tapered pseudo-bulbs up to 1 metre.

  • Their range covers a number of habitats from coastal lowlands to high in the mountains and in some areas they extend to inland.
  • They grow high in the canopy of the forest on trees or on rocks in gorges or cliff faces.
  • They often grow into large clumps. The racemes carry numerous fragrant flowers that range from cream to yellow and a large plant in flower makes an impressive display.

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

  • See more images in our Dendrobium 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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How to Make an Annual General Meeting Exciting

Our October meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3rd October

Although it is our Annual General Meeting (AGM), we know how to make it exciting and ensure our members and potential new members have a great night. After the AGM (we keep it quick and simple), we know how to enliven the meeting.

  • We hold an in-house auction for our members, to purchase some interesting, versatile and different orchids, which can both challenge and enhance existing collections.
  • Strictly cash only.

When:  Wednesday 3rd October, 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’.

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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Which Orchid Will Win?

…Paphiopedilum Champion

Find out at the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Annual Spring Show which will be held this weekend.

Date: Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September, 2018 (10am – 4pm daily)

Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway (cnr. Exley Drive) Moorabbin (Mel: 77/D6) – Ample free car parking close by.

  • Public transport: short walk from Moorabbin Railway Station (Frankston line)
  • Public Bus services to/from Moorabbin Train Station: 811/812 (Dandenong-Brighton), 823 (North Brighton-Southland via Moorabbin), 824 (Moorabbin-Keysborough via Clayton), and the 825 (Moorabbin-Southland via Black Rock & Mentone).

Entry admission $3.00

  • Australian and Exotic Orchids on display
  • Flowering orchids for sale
  • Orchid growing accessories for sale
  • Free guided tours and demonstrations
  • Learn growing tips and hints
  • Refreshments available all day Morning Tea | Lunch | Afternoon Tea
  • Wheelchair access available.

 

 

 

 

Download our  SSOS Annual Spring Show Flyer 2018 (PDF 383 KB)

 

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Which Orchid Will Win?

…Champion Masdevallia

Find out at the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) Annual Spring Show which will be held this weekend.

Date: Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September, 2018 (10am – 4pm daily)

Venue: N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Highway (cnr. Exley Drive) Moorabbin (Mel: 77/D6) – Ample free car parking close by.

  • Public transport: short walk from Moorabbin Railway Station (Frankston line)
  • Public Bus services to/from Moorabbin Train Station: 811/812 (Dandenong-Brighton), 823 (North Brighton-Southland via Moorabbin), 824 (Moorabbin-Keysborough via Clayton), and the 825 (Moorabbin-Southland via Black Rock & Mentone).

Entry admission $3.00

  • Australian and Exotic Orchids on display
  • Flowering orchids for sale
  • Orchid growing accessories for sale
  • Free guided tours and demonstrations
  • Learn growing tips and hints
  • Refreshments available all day Morning Tea | Lunch | Afternoon Tea
  • Wheelchair access available.

 

 

 

 

Download our  SSOS Annual Spring Show Flyer 2018 (PDF 383 KB)

 

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