Orchid of the Month | Oncidiums

Oncidiums or ‘Dancing Lady‘ orchids are orchids of the Americas; their habitats ranging from Florida south to Argentina.  The Oncidium is a very diverse genus with over 400 species that grow at altitudes between sea level and 4000 m. In his article: ‘Oncidiums and Their Cultivation‘, OSCOV article contributor Dieter Weise provides some tips on potting or repotting oncidiums.

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

See more images in our Oncidium photo gallery.

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SSOS Autumn Show Winners

On Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) celebrated a special calendar event – The Annual Autumn Show (2018). During the evening, members enjoyed a wide selection of finger food and light refreshments whilst the judges awarded prizes and category champions. The Winners are:

Champion of the Show | Cattleya Dal’s Choice
Reserve Champion of the Show | Cattleya Portiata ‘Mez’
Champion Orchid – Open Section | Cattleya Dal’s Choice
Champion Orchid – Intermediate Section | Oncidium Sweet Sugar
Champion Orchid – Novice Section | Vanda somsri Gold x Vanda Kulwadee Fragrance
Champion Orchid – Any Other Hybrid | Zygopetalum Titanic ‘Victoria’
Champion Orchid – Any Other Species | Stenoglottis longifolia
Champion Specimen Orchid | Stenoglottis longifolia
Champion Australian Native Hybrid | Sarchochilus Velvet x Snowhart
Champion Cymbidium | Cymbidium dayanum
Champion Laeliinae Alliance| Cattleya Dal’s Choice
Champion Masdevallia | Dracula Walissii
Champion Seedling Flowering for the First Time | SLC Precious Jewel ‘Red Chester’ x Ara

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Day Trippers | Sunday Trippers Yeah

On Sunday, 22nd April members of the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) visited the Central Park Conservatory in Malvern which is home to John Varigos‘ orchid collections.

The Conservatory, with its elegantly curved steel frame imported from Europe, was constructed in 1927; and is one of the oldest conservatories in Victoria. On our guided tour, Varigos explained how he began his collection back in 1977, when he received his first orchid.

  • His collection comprises over 600 species orchids from around the world, including Asia, Central America, South America, Madagascar and Australia.

SSOS Members were also privy to a fellow orchid fanatic’s collection that has taken over the southern side of the Conservatory. This collection includes: Vandas, Ludisia discolour, dendrochilum tenellum and agraecum sesquipedale to name but a few.

  • Thank you John Varigos for this great opportunity to visit your collection at the Conservatory and as for our verdict: “It took us not very long to find out, and we found out” (how great your collection is).

Day trippers yeah!

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Thinking of Orchids for Mother’s Day Presents? | We Can Help You Out

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society Club LogoThe Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) together with Bay Road Nursery (Sandringham) have joined forces yet again to not only show visitors our wonderful flowering orchids; but also provide you with expert advice and help with answers to some of your vexing questions relating to orchid care.

Bay Road Nursery logoIn our 6th year of collaboration, SSOS and Bay Road Nursery are joining forces to provide you with some simple and helpful tips which will help you to select, purchase, maintain and enjoy the love of growing orchids. For example:

  • You will discover the many varieties of orchids which you can easily grow in Melbourne’s cool-temperate climate.
  • Learn tips and techniques from experienced members to improve how you grow and care for your orchids; and
  • Help identify and rectify pressure points which may affect your existing collection.

Come along and listen to experienced SSOS members who will provide expert advice and encourage orchid growers to gain confidence and enthusiasm for the continued promotion and development of the orchidaceae species within Victoria.

Want to know more about this free and exciting event?

When: Saturday 5th May, 2018

Where:
Bay Road Nursery

112-114 Bay Road
Sandringham 3191
ph: (03) 9521 0197

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Autumn Leaves Come Tumbling Down as Our Orchids Bloom From the Ground

The Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) May meeting heralds a special event in our calendar – The Annual Autumn Show. Members are encouraged to bring along their flowering plants for this highly awarded event.

As a social event SSOS will be providing refreshments including hot finger food during the night. This meeting will be a great opportunity for members to get together and discuss their passion and fascination with orchids.

  • The images above include a variety of orchids which were benched at our April meeting and may be indicative of the calibre of orchids on show for our Annual Autumn Meeting.

When:  Wednesday 2nd May, 2018 – 8.00 p.m. start
Where: 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.

  • For regular members – Don’t forget to bring along your Cymbidium seedling for the monthly recall of 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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Popular Votes and Popular Spots

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

Judges Vote: Stanhopea panamensis and Popular Vote: Bakerara Flying High ‘Stars ‘n’ Bars’.

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

Upcoming Visit:

This Sunday, 22 April at 10.00 a.m. members of the SSOS will be visiting the Central Park Conservatory in Malvern (Mel59: G10) which is the home to John Varigos’ orchid collections. He began his collection with his first orchid in 1977. The conservatory contains over 600 of his orchids which hail from Asia, Central America, South America, Madagascar, and Australia. A fellow orchid fanatic has taken over the other side of the conservatory to include his collection. This collection includes Vandas, Ludisia discolour, dendrochilum tenellum, agraecum sesquipedale.

  • Varigos is the editor of the Orchid Species Society of Victoria  (OSSV) newsletter and Vice President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Native Orchid Society (ANOS).

The elegantly curved steel frame conservatory was imported from Europe in the 1920s. It is one of the oldest public conservatories in Victoria.

  • After the conservatory tour, members are invited to ‘bring a plate’ so that we can all enjoy a morning tea together and discuss the wonders of John’s collection.

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Orchid of the Month | Phalaenopsis

The Phalaenopsis is also known as the ‘Moth Orchid’. It is a genus of about 35 species of tropical orchids, originating mostly in the hot and humid low lands of the Philippines, India, Indochina, Indonesia and northern Australia. Many of their hybrids produce long, arching sprays carrying ten or more white, pink, candy-striped or even yellow blooms. Phalaenopsis orchids are ideally grown within the temperature range of 18-28°C. However, they can be grown and flowered successfully indoors on a window sill if the pots are stood on (not in) a tray of wet gravel in order to maintain a high level of humidity; a low overnight temperature of 12°C will not set them back, providing the room is warmer during daylight hours.

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

See more images in our Phalaenopsis photo gallery.

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Everything Orchid | From Etymology to Virus

Yes, it’s autumn and time to start preparing your orchids for the flowering period over Autumn, Winter and Spring.  It is also time for Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) members to get together for their monthly meeting. This month two of our Committee members will present on relevant topics.

  • Terry Hill – Orchid Etymology
  • Frank Formica – Orchid Viruses

When:  Wednesday 4th April, 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 Cymbidium seedling for the monthly recall of 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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Handy Tips: How to Grow Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, or the Moth Orchid is mainly native to tropical East-Asia. Abundantly available, they are one of the best orchids for growing in the home, as well as a favourite with glasshouse growers, due to their long lasting showy flowers.

For further tips and ideas, on how to care for Phalaenopsis and other varieties of orchids, why not come along to our next Monthly Meeting:

Next meeting | Wednesday 4th April, 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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Orchid of the Month | Cattleyas

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 amongst the most adaptable of orchid family. Cattleyas also grow well in Victoria and other South-East Australian areas.

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

See more images in our Cattleya and Laelia photo gallery.

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