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.

  • 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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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.

  • 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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Freeze Frame and Give It Your Best Shot

Andre Cleghorn is a busy orchid-enthusiast. He is a committee member for the Orchid Species Society of Victoria (OSSV), Conservation Officer at the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) and owner of Flora Laboratories. Flora specialises in flasks of orchids, Keikigrow Products (plant hormones), Ocean Mist (ultrasonic humidifiers), and Vent Spots (breather membranes); for orchids, bromeliads and carnivorous plants.

  • Andre is also a keen photographer. At our March meeting he will discuss the fundamentals of photography and provide useful tips on photographing plants and flowers; whether you use your smartphone, tablet, point&shoot or SLR camera.

‘It’s not the camera but who’s behind the camera that matters!’

When:  Wednesday 7th March, 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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General Orchid Culture for the Summer Months | The Do, Do, Do, The Don’t, Don’t Don’t, Is All I’ve Got To Say To You

The important thing over the summer months is to make sure your orchids don’t get too much light and do get sufficient water. Direct sunlight must be avoided otherwise the leaves will get sunburned. The ideal is under 50-70% shade cloth but under the shade of trees or pergola is OK.

Water needs to be applied regularly. As a rough guide most people recommend every 2 weeks during the middle of winter through to every 2 days in the middle of summer. This needs to be adjusted when we have a number of hot days in a row. A good idea is to water in the evening after a particularly hot day so the plants can take up the moisture during the night and do this each day when we have hot days in a row. If watering is done in the morning of a hot day you can be left with water sitting down in the leaf axils during the heat of the day. This can heat up and ‘cook’ the new growth.

For further tips and ideas, come along to our next Monthly Meeting:

Next meeting | Wednesday 7th March 8.00 pm (Early session 7.30 pm)

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

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A Beauty | We All Agree

The Judges Vote | The Popular Vote

At most SSOS meetings, members have an opportunity to ‘bench’ their flowering orchids for judging. We also allow our members to vote for their favourite plant on show at each monthly meeting as well.

  • On most occasions, what the “people” like is vastly different to what the Judges like, but occasionally everyone agrees! and at the first meeting for 2018, the voting was unanimous in both categories and this beautiful flowering Stanhopea tigrina won the Best in Open Section, the Judges, Vote and the Popular Vote. Well done Herbert!
  • 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 | Stanhopeas

There are over 45 species of the genus Stanhopea found in widely diverse climates within their range from Mexico. South Central America and many South American countries However, you can also grow them in Australia.  Commonly grown species include Stanhopea oculata, S. inodora and S. tigrina, including its variety nigroviolacea (often known as S. nigroviolacea), and S. wardii.

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

See more images in our Stanhopea 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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Welcome to the SSOS First Meeting for 2018

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society, (SSOS) holds regular monthly meetings which includes guest speakers who discuss various topics relating to orchids and orchid culture.

  • To open the SSOS meeting schedule for 2018 we are proud to announce that our first speaker for the year is Geoff Bailey who will focus on “Growing for Show”, where he will explore how species plants are found in the wild and how they are then line-bred to develop show quality plants.
  • Geoff will also outline some of the plant names to look for when buying plants and how they will look.
  • He also hopes to bring along some plants for sale; so members will have a chance to add to their collection.

Geoff is also a well-known grower of cymbidiums and other mixed orchid genera. He is a member of the OSCOV Judging Panel and serves on the OSCOV Executive and Show committees, as well as The Cymbidium Society of Victoria (COSV) committee. He is the director of The Melbourne Cymbidium Orchid Festival held in September each year.

  • In March 2017, Geoff was Velardi Memorial speaker at the 42nd Annual International Orchid Society  Cymbidium Congress in the US, hosted by the Cymbidium Society of America.
  • Geoff has many years of experience in the orchid industry. He is the recently retired publisher and editor of The Australian Cymbidium Scene magazine in Melbourne, Australia. Geoff will provide us with an update within the cymbidium and orchid scene in Melbourne.

Event details: When:  Wednesday 7th February, 2019 – 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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