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"W.J.O.S. NEWS"

November 2021
Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society (Inc)

WJOS Rules Approved 14 September 2018

Website: http://members.iinet.net.au/~emntee/

Please Note:
Meetings of the Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society will be held in the 3rd WEDNESDAY of each month throughout 2021 - 2022


The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 17th @ 7.30pm, at the Warrandyte Park Clubroom, 89 Warrandyte Drive, Craigie

Topic of the evening

A look at the World Orchid Conference in Ecuador 2017, with a visit to Ecuagenera Orchid Nursery
Visitors and New Members always welcome

Membership Fees- Couple/family $40. Single $27. (Includes Badge)
Renewal - Couple/family $25. Single $20. Junior $7

From the 5th December the 2020 WA Gov and the Joondalup City, (from whom we hire the meeting hall) require all of us to maintain contact registers for WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing. We are all requires to either Download the SafeWA app for scanning the QR code or fill in the mandatory contact register when we enter the hall. Both of which have been supplied by the Joondalup City Council. The Contact register must be returned to the JCC withing 24 hours.

We will also.....

. Undertake a general clean of chairs/tables and door knobs/switches on
entry and during setup for the meeting.

. Provide hand sanitiser for all members/attendees to the meeting

. All attendees to sign/write their names into our attendance book

. The Chair will remind all attendees to social distance and use sanitisers provided or their own.

. Ask any attendee not feeling 100% to go home. This point will be made in the newsletter sent to all members, ie; do not attend if not feeling well.

. Kitchen helpers to wear gloves etc

. Polystyrene cups will be used for tea/coffee. Not very environmentally friendly but at least will keep us safe.

. Members may still bring a plate to share.

. Equipment, chairs etc to be cleaned on close of the meeting when being stored away.

Please assist in this as we all need to be safe.

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Meeting Results for October


Popular Vote Open


Guaricyclia Kyoguchi owned by Gill M
 
 
Popular Vote Novice.


Dendrobium Felicity Fortescue X Hinamatsuri Owned by Lynne Greenham
 
 
Geoge Webber Memorial Trophy;


Cym Black Fire Magic Owned by Phil Taylor
 
Floral Art Gill M

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And don't Forget……

The Society will be joining with the NDOS to attend the GARDEN CLUBS AND SOCIETIES PLANT FAIR on the 19th & 20th February 2022.

Always a good opportunity to get our show dates out to the public early in the year. Keep a lookout for the roster and join in wherever you can.

South Perth Community Centre
Cnr South Terrace and Sandgate Street, South Perth

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Floral Art

For November - Gun Powder, Treason & Plot
For December - Well, A Xmas Gift of course
For January - A New Year Party

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CLUB NEWS

Pots - If you require orchid pots from the society, please ring John on 0418 854 732 and he will bring them to the next meeting

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President - Tony; Phone; 0481 867 471 EMAIL

Secretary - Lynne; Phone; 9448 5840 EMAIL

Treasurer - Charly; Phone; 0409 005 606 EMAIL

Registrar - Val Gray EMAIL

Editor - Tony; Phone; 0481 867 471 EMAIL

P.O. Box 236, Kingsway, WA 6065.

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WJOS CALENDAR 2021 - 2022


All events are correct covid willing!!

30th January - Xmas in January @ Lynne's

19 & 20 February 2022
GARDEN CLUBS AND SOCIETIES PLANT FAIR
South Perth Community Centre, Cnr South Terrace and Sandgate Street, South Perth

May 1st, NDOS Show Bruce Douglas Hall, Swan View

Sunday July 3rd - Northern Orchid & Garden Fair

August - 6th & 7th Inter Society Orchid Display & Workshop, Churchill Park Hall, Busselton

August 20th & 21st Perth Orchid Fair, Aranmore
College Gym, Oxford St & Franklin St Leederville

September 1 to 4 - AOC Conference, Queensland Now postponed to 2022

September 16th & 17th North Beach Display (TBC)

Sunday October 2nd - Northern Orchid & Garden Fair

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Bruce's Potting Mix

These are the ingredients in Bruce's mix;
One bag of large Perlite
Three quarters of a cup of Blood & Bone
Three quarters of a cup of Dolomite Lime
Charcoal (some)
A small amount of seedling bark
Two buckets of Polystyrene beads
One and a half bags of gravel

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As many of us get older, we eventually get to the point of being unable to care for our orchid collections the way they deserve to be cared for. Should this happen to you or someone that you know, please let a committee member know about it and we will see what we, as a society can do to assist. In the past, society members have helped other members in this kind of situation to auction off or otherwise look after their orchids, thereby saving the orchids from a slow death. Often these orchids get to be divided amongs other orchid growers to the benefit of all.

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Your Committee has bought 10 bags of Orchiata bark for future use. They are the 12 to 18 size and are be housed in our storage facility at Padbury.
 
They are available to members at the cost price of around $26 per bag.

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And don’t Forget……
 
We are looking for donations from members for a free Xmas Hamper raffle. Do please check the use by dates on any donations
 
Please see Mavis about this.

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At the March meeting, we will revisit our mounted orchids from March last year and do some orchid mounting once more.
Do check on last years efforts and bring them in so we can all see how well they are growing.
 
You might give some thought to mounting material and an orchid you would like to mount

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PAPHIOPEDILUM CULTURE NOTES

October/November
by Trevor
 
This month is about getting our newly potted plants into full growth, the growths will need to mature in order to produce flowers next year. With the warmer weather, the fertiliser program can be increased to weekly or fortnightly at ¼ to ½ strength with a high nitrogen - based fertiliser to promote good development of the new growths.
 
In our repotting process we usually end up with plants being repotted into larger pots or divided into several pieces, so be very mindful not to cram your plants together like sardines. They still need space between plants with good air movement. If we cram plants together, this provides a wonderful place for all sorts of bugs to hide and restricts the air flow around plants. Good air movement around the plants is essential for good healthy plants and greatly reduces the problems of diseases.
 
In respect to watering, we must ensure that our plants do not become completely dry, as we have a nice new mix which for the first couple of months will tend to dry out more quickly than the old mix we have just replaced. At this time of year, I would water at-7-day intervals unless the temperature goes above 32 degrees for three consecutive days then I would increase my watering to each 4 days.
 
It also an ideal time to see if that plant you admired from one of your fellow growers has been divided and a piece may be available to purchase.
 
Remember, this is the ideal time of the year to reflect on your cultural success and sharing your growing success with friends and club members. Good luck and good growing for the summer months ahead.

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Our Sponsors

 

Ezi-Gro Orchids
76 Evandale Rd, Darch
Western Australia
6065

Ezi-Gro Orchids are now CLOSED on Sundays

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How to Get Rid of Scale
From Lyn B


Lyn offered this remedy for killing of all unwanted Scale and Mealy Bugs from your orchid. (And let's face it, all Scale and Mealy Bugs are unwanted)
Scale and Mealy Bugs are an absolute disaster for orchids. If left to their own devises, they will kill your orchid slowly but surely.
Mix some Domestos Disinfectant into a bucket of warm water and froth it up.

Remove the plant from it's pot and shake off any loose media into the bin. Immerse the top half of the orchid into the bucket and leave for 15 minutes.

Remove the orchid and turn it around so that you can immerse the other half of it. Leave for another 15 minutes. Remove and repot.

This should kill off all the nasties, but give the plant a good wash down within half an hour to get rid of any lingering Demestos from the leaves etc.

This tip came from Eds Orchids, a YouTube channel on the internet.

Domestos Disinfectant contains bleach and is an English product which is available from Big W and Bunnings

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Boisduval Scale - possibly the world's worst orchid pest

See all the pictures HERE

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Reed Stem Epidendrums

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A message from The Water Corporation

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What’s in a name - Species? by TW
 
Some orchid names can be quite complex and confusing. Understanding these names is well worth your while, as your enjoyment of orchids is always enhanced with more knowledge. So here goes.
 
Species orchids, (that is, those that are found growing in nature) are always written in italics or underlined.
 
Such as Dendrobium speciosum or
Dendrobium speciosum
 
The term Dendrobium is the family name for all of a related group of orchids and the first letter of it is always spelled with a capital D. (And it is spelled Dendrobium not
Dendrodium)
 
The second name, speciosum is always written in italics (or underlined) and with all letters in lower case. It is the name of that particular species of the Dendrobium family.
 
Some species orchids will have a third name which is called a varietal name, such as Dendrobium speciosum var hillii
 
As hillii is part of the species name, it is also written in italics but the abbreviation var is not. So the full name of this plant should be written like this;
 
Dendrobium speciosum var hillii or
Dendrobium speciosum var hillii
 
Please note that the term 'variety', is a botanical one that is given to a species by taxonomists. It is not a clonal name. (See ‘clonal’ below)
 
Dendrobium speciosum var hillii is a particular form of Dendrobium speciosum that is found growing in it’s natural state from the NSW central coast to eastern Queensland, and has tall canes that can be up to a meter in height with small pale cream flowers.
 
Because it is so different to other forms of Dendrobium speciosum it has been given the varietal name of hillii to delineate it from those other forms.
 
Now should you have a plant of Dendrobium speciosum var hillii but it differs in that it has small pale cream flowers with a red lip (let’s say). You could give it a clonal name of your choice. Let’s say you will call this particular clone, Red Lip. Thus ‘Red Lip” becomes the clonal name for the particular clone of Dendrobium speciosum var hillii that you have.
 
The correct name of the orchid, including the varietal and clonal names will now be;
 
Dendrobium speciosum var hillii ‘Red Lip’
 
Please note that Red Lip is enclosed by single quotes and is not written in italics (‘Red Lip’)
 
Also note that varietal names are only for species, not hybrids.
 
What’s in a name? – Hybrids
The International Orchid Commission on Classification, Nomenclature & Registration was established at the 2nd World Orchid Conference in Hawaii in 1957.
This is the world authority that decides on orchid nomenclature and any changes to them or the way their names are written.


Species orchids are those that occur naturally in the wild, whereas, hybrid orchids are mostly man made. (There are some ‘natural’ hybrids that occur in nature and we will come to them shortly)


When two orchids are crosses by people, the names are written thusly...
Laelia Happy X Laelia Red
This is quite acceptable, but when the resulting plant is then crossed with more orchids the names will start to mount up.
 
(Laelia Happy X Laelia Red) X Laelia Sad. Note the brackets around the first two names to indicate that they are a separate crossing.
Neither Laelia Happy or Laelia Red have been crossed with Laelia Sad. But it is the combined crossing of (Laelia Happy X Laelia Red) that has been crossed with Laelia Sad.


The more that crossings are made, the longer the name would have to be. A short circuit is needed to solve the problem of having to write out the whole pedigree of a hybrid orchid. The short circuit is to register the cross with it’s own personal name.


So let us assume that you have registered (Laelia Happy X Laelia Red) as Laelia Hap Red.


This would make the above cross of..
(Laelia Happy X Laelia Red) X Laelia Sad become .....


Laelia Hap Red X Laelia Sad


All hybrid orchid crossings are registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in London. It is essential that this is done to avoid huge confusion.


Just to recap, species orchid names are always written in italics or underlined, Such as Dendrobium speciosum or Dendrobium speciosum


In hybrid names, the first term is still written in italics or underlined just as in writing species orchid names, but the second term is quite different. The first letter of all hybrid second names will always start with a capital letter thusly…


Dendrobium Sonia or Dendrobium Sonia
 
This capitol letter at the start of the second name is most important in writing orchid hybrid names, as it is this, that is going to indicate to anyone who reads the tag that this orchid is not a species but a hybrid.


One rather strange hybrid that I touched on earlier, is the ‘natural hybrid’. This is when species are hybridised in the wild without any interference from humans, an event that surprisingly happens quite often. These ‘natural hybrids’ are written thusly….


Miltonia X Bluntii.


This is a cross between Miltonia clowesii and Miltonia spectabilis that has happened naturally, to two species that were growing reasonably close to each other and have been cross pollinated.


Natural hybrids occur quite often amongst many Western Australian orchid species, particularly Caladenia species, and also a number of other WA species. These often produce quite spectacular hybrid orchids, and one would think that human hybridizers would have exploited long before now to produce such natural hybrids for the market.


Please note that there should not be any varietal (var.) names in hybrids. These are only used for species.


Clonal names are quite commonly attached to hybrid names and should also have their first letter capitalized and single quote marks at both ends.
Thus …


Dendrobium x Delicatum ‘Lovely’
tells you that the genus is Dendrobium, x Delicatum says that is a natural hybrid and ‘Lovely’ is a clonal name given to the plant by its’ owner.

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