Orchid of the Month | Coelogyne

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Coelogyne ‘Unchained Melody’

Coelogynes  or Angel Orchids range over more than 100 species and can be found in India, southern China, the Philippines, Vietnam and down the Malay peninsula through the Indonesian islands through Borneo and New Guinea. They are mostly found growing epiphytically on trees in their natural habitat, but some are lithophytes which grow on rocks.

  • They can also be successfully grown in the South Eastern areas within Victoria, Australia.

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

See more images in our Coelogyne 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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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Orchids Won’t Bloom

REASON #10 – Young or Recently Divided Orchid

REASON #9 – Soil Conditions Are Too “Wet” During Winter

REASON #8 – Pests & Diseases

REASON #7 – Not Enough Humidity

REASON #6 – Over-watering in Cold Temperature

To find out the next Top 5 Tips and further advice on orchid culture, why not consider joining us at our next Members Club Meeting.

Next meeting | Wednesday 5th September, 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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What I Saw in Singapore | August Meeting

Murray Harding from Dandenong and District Orchid Club will enlighten us on some of the orchids he saw on his recent trip to Singapore in April 2018

When:  Wednesday 1st August, 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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When You’re as Cold as Ice, Do Not Sacrifice Your Orchids Over the Winter Months

  • Orchids under cover need to be watered from time to time
  • If you don’t have any additional heat they can be allowed to dry out somewhat between watering
  • For those who have some warmth, they can be kept moist
  • Continue with regular applications of snail bait
  • Keep an eye out for aphids on developing spikes, particularly on the early flowering natives
  • For some of us, need to watch out for mice and rats
    • One or two solid block baits nailed or screwed to a piece of wood seems to be the way to go

For further tips and ideas, on how to care for Orchids during Cooler Months and other practical advice, why not come along to our next Monthly Meeting:

Next meeting | Wednesday 1st August, 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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A Big Day Out

We went by bus
Or drove our car,
For a trip to Geelong
is not very far.

We saw, we spent,
We lunched, we admired,
And a few more orchids
We all acquired.

This year it was Geelong Orchid & Indoor Plant Club’s turn to host the annual Victorian Country Club challenge. This splendid event is held around the country regions of Victoria each July and showcases a wide variety of orchid varieties which can be grown and flowered in a mid-winter.

Many thanks to the host club for their great efforts and to all those who helped feed the hungry hordes and the many vendors who brought along their sales plants. No one left empty-handed, for we all know that there is indeed always room for ‘one more orchid‘!

Here are some highlights

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Are You Suffering from Orchidelerium?

Orchidelerium – Is this the inbuilt swoon of a sensation one experiences when they review their recent acquisitions? A name for the precursor of what is to become a person’s hobby-cum-obsession, or something that spans back over the millennia which has helped provide fascination, myths and focus in the arts. Find out what our club member Maria has unearthed in her research on orchidaceae and the arts.

  • Speaker: Maria Fraraccio – Orchidelerium: Orchids in Myth, Literature and Film

When:  Wednesday 4th July, 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 Cymbidium erythraeum

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

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Aloha Winners

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

Judges Vote: Oncidium sotoanum and Popular Vote: Paphiopedilum Dramatic Chantal ”Aloha

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

  • Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th July, 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 | Paphiopedilum

Paphiopedilums also known as ‘Slipper Orchids‘ are members of the sub-family Cypripedioidae, which comprises four main genera:

  • Cypripedium (terrestrial orchids from Asia, Japan, Europe and North America),
  • Selenipedium (terrestrial orchids from Central and South America),
  • Phragmipedium (from South America) and;
  • Paphiopedilum (throughout Asia)

All of these genera have the characteristic ‘pouch’ or ‘ladies slipper’ and a column structure that differs from other orchids. Generally, only two of the above genera are commonly cultivated in Victoria. They are the Phragmipedium, which we see fairly frequently, and of course the Paphiopedilum. The first paphiopedilum (or cypripedium, as they were then known) introduced into English glasshouses (in 1819) was Paphiopedilum venustum. Many new species were introduced to cultivation in the famous plant-hunting times later in the 1800s.

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

See more images in our Paphiopedilum 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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All Sorts and All Ways

Our guest speaker for the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) June 2018 meeting is Michael Coker, who is the current President of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) and the North East Melbourne Orchid Society (NEMOS). In 2014 he was the recipient of the Gerald McCraith Award, Victorian Species of the Year, sponsored by Orchid Species Society of Victoria (OSSV) for his Habenaria medusa ‘Gem’ (HCC/CBM).

  • Michael Coker will talk about ‘Growing a mixed collection from cool to hot growing orchid varieties’ and provide some insight into different ways of growing them in our cooler south-eastern climate.
  • He has an impressive collection of orchids spanning over 160 genera from paphiopedilums, terrestrials and other genera grown in pots or on boards and mounts.

On Friday 16 February 2018 at 6:30 pm, ABC Gardening Australia broadcast an enchanting episode entitled My Garden Path: The Cokers which featured both Michael and his father Julian Coker, who explained why they are so passionate about orchids. (Run time: 07:31 mins).

  • Don’t miss this important presentation at SSOS. You will be surprised with how much you do not know about orchids and orchid culture.

When:  Wednesday 6th June, 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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Cool-Growing Orchids for the South East Area of Melbourne

Here is a list of orchids that SSOS club members have found to be cool growing in our local conditions surrounding the south-eastern suburban area close to Moorabbin where SSOS meet. Most of these are easily grown and most importantly – easily flowered.

For further tips and ideas, on how to care for Cool Growing Orchids for the South-East area of Melbourne, why not come along to our next Monthly Meeting:

Next meeting | Wednesday 6th June, 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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