What You Need to Know About Australian Dendrobium Orchids

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Our guest speaker for our September meeting to be held on Wednesday, 6th September is: Matt Dawkins from the Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society (MPOS). He will be speaking about what you need to know about Australian dendrobium orchids. With many years of … Continue reading

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Magic Melbourne: Experience the Beauty of Orchids

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry

You have only TODAY and TOMORROW to visit and enjoy the 24th Annual Melbourne Orchid Spectacular (the largest orchid sales and show spectacular in the southern hemisphere).

Dates: Saturday 26th- Sunday 27th August, 2017 (9.00 am – 4.00 pm daily)

Venue: Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park “Dog Park”, 655 Westernport Highway, Skye (Mel Ref: 128 J12) Entry: Adults $10 children U/15 FREE – Free parking (Food and drinks available)

  • You can visit the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society stand and see our prize winning orchids.
  • Further information about this event is posted on the OSCOV website.

The following is a slideshow link to our stand at last year’s (2016) 23rd Annual Melbourne Orchid Spectacular SSOS Stand at OSCOV Orchid Extravaganza 2016

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Meet us at the ‘Dog Park’

As a member of the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV), SSOS participates in their annual show, by having a dedicated stand of flowering orchids, representing our club.

This year OSCOV presents the:
24th Annual Melbourne Orchid Spectacular
Experience the Beauty of Orchids“.

Date: Friday 25th- Sunday 27th August, 2017 (9 am – 4 pm each day)
Venue: Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park “Dog Park”, 655 Westernport Highway, Skye (Mel Ref: 128 J12)
Entry: Adults $10 children U/15 FREE – Free parking (Food and drinks available)

Apart from seeing other OSCOV clubs and their stands there will be over 20 local and international vendors selling orchids, potting bark and accessories. Also included are potting demonstrations experts to answer your questions and an art show and photographic competition. Further information about this event is posted on the OSCOV website.

The following is a slideshow link to our stand at last year’s (2016) 23rd Annual Melbourne Orchid Spectacular SSOS Stand at OSCOV Orchid Extravaganza 2016

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Cymbidium Propagation Myths? – Busted!

Cymbidium First Dance Tethys 'Black Magic' x Last Tango 'Geyserland'

Cymbidium First Dance Tethys ‘Black Magic’ x Last Tango ‘Geyserland’

When a Cymbidium has truly become over-crowded in its pot, you know that it needs to be divided, but how do you do this?  Do you just hack into it with an axe or is there a definitive way to divide; and subsequently conquer. Either way, you end up having a series of off-spring or back-bulbs from your original plant. Your next step is to know how to keep them alive. This is known as back-bulb propagation.

  • Our guest speaker in August will be Chris Scerri, who will be presenting on his recent experience at propagating cymbidiums from back-bulbs.

This session is suitable for all orchid lovers and growers, from beginners through to experienced growers.

When:  August monthly meeting – Wednesday 2nd August 2017 8.00 p.m. start
Where: N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. (Melways Ref. Map 77: D6)

Early Session: Our early session will be run by Bob Harrison. Bring along your questions and/or problem plants. This session will start at 7:30 p.m. We will also discuss presentation of plants for upcoming shows.

  • Visitors and interested guests are always welcome

#Increaseyourknowledge  #Increaseyourcollection

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Here is Your Invitation to the World of the Sleeping Giants

  • Is winter in Melbourne getting you down?

  • Are you longing to see and feel the warmth of tropical plants and forests?

Then come along to our July Meeting at the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) in Melbourne, where local renowned orchid grower Murray Harding will provide a photo-narrative show of some the most magnificent orchids growing in the Pacific Island of Fiji.

His talk will focus on the ‘Garden of Sleeping Giants’, situated in Nadi, on the Fijian island of Viti Levu.

The Garden has over 2000 varieties of Asian Orchids and Cattleya hybrids on display.

The Garden was once the private collection of the late US actor, Raymond Burr, star of many popular US TV series such as ‘Perry Mason‘ and ‘Ironside‘. Burr also featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie ‘Rear Window‘.

Want to know more?

Then come to the Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) meeting this Wednesday, 5th  July, at the N.G. Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, (Melways Ref.77 D6) in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

  • The Meeting commences at 8.00 pm. If you are interested in attending, but not a member, you are most welcome, with no obligation.
  • We trust you enjoy our dedication, professionalism, integrity and open hospitality when you join us in our activities.

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Attention All Cattleya Growers Seeking Advice

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cattleya rosies surprise

The Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) is meeting this Wednesday, 7th  June, at the N.G.Wishart Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, (Melways Ref.77 D6) in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

For our June meeting we are proud to announce that our guest speaker is Brendan Larkin, from Botanic Ridge Orchids, who will provide a presentation to members and guests on the cultivation of Cattleyas.

  • The Meeting commences at 8.00 pm. If you are interested in attending, but not a member, you are most welcome, with no obligation.
  • We trust you enjoy our dedication, professionalism, integrity and open hospitality when you join us in our activities.

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… And the Winner Is….

Earlier this month, (May, 2017) Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) hosted the 2017 Victorian south-eastern orchid clubs  ‘Invitational Challenge‘ aka ‘The Three Way Challenge‘ between Dandenong & District Orchid Club (DDOC); Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society (MPOS); and its self (SSOS).

DDOC was the 2016 reigning champion; MPOS had the furthest distance to travel to the event; and SSOS was the host club for the night. The Guest speaker for the night was Peter Miller from Hanging Garden Nursery who enlightened members and guests about ‘Dendrobium falcorostrum.’  He also provided some plants for sale to tempt members and visitors to add to their wonderful and expanding collections.

And Now for the results:

Overall winners tally board:

  • Novice Category: 1st SSOS (36 points)
  • Intermediate Category: 1st  SSOS (60 points); 2nd MPOS (49 points)
  • Open Category: 1st SSOS (85 points); 2nd DDOC (75 points) and 3rd MPOS (66 points)

Judging Points:

  • Novice Category: 1st SSOS (26 points)
  • Intermediate Category: 1st SSOS (41 points); 2nd MPOS (31 points)
  • Open Category: DDOC (47 points); SSOS (38 points) and MPOS (32 points)

Well done to all competitors from all three clubs.  The six invited OSCOV judges gave enormous praise and were in awe with the incredible quality, quantity and variety of flowering orchids presented on the night.

  • We look forward the the next inter-club challenge between these three clubs in May, 2018.

Job well done!

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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 5th 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 6th May, 2017

Where:
Bay Road Nursery
(What’s On)
112-114 Bay Road
Sandringham 3191
ph: (03) 9521 0197

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Who Will Be the Winner?

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Only time will tell …

The Victorian south-eastern orchid clubs  ‘Invitational Challenge‘ aka ‘The Three Way Challenge‘ will be decided tomorrow.  So, who will be the 2017 Winner – Will it be:

  • The reigning champion?
  • The Club who has travelled the furthest to compete?
  • Or, will it be the host club?

It’s all happening tomorrow.

  • The SSOS Guest speaker for the night is Peter Miller from Hanging Garden Nursery who will enlighten everyone about ‘Dendrobium falcorostrum.’
  • Peter will also provide some plants for sale, so be prepared to purchase extra items to add to your wonderful and expanding collection.

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Two Days To Go Before the Inter Club Challenge Begins

miltonia horeliana

miltonia horeliana

Today is the 1st of May, so we now have only two days to go before the Three Club Invitational Orchid Show Challenge competition occurs on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017.  The challengers include:

Members of each club are not only encouraged to compete but to also enjoy SSOS hospitality on the night. Our highlights for the night include:

  • Guest speaker: Peter Miller (Hanging Garden Nursery at Balnarring) who will enlighten everyone about ‘Dendrobium falcorostrum.’
  • Peter will also provide some plants for sale, so be prepared to purchase further items to add to your wonderful and expanding collection.
  • A selection of tempting complimentary savoury and dessert items will be provided for for all members and guests, along with tea and coffee for supper at the conclusion of the meeting.
  • And of course, the winners of the sections and overall club challenge winner will be announced at the end of the night – don’t miss out!

We look forward to seeing you all – and best wishes to all participants on the night.

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