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"W.J.O.S. NEWS"

February 2019
Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society (Inc)

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

President - Tony; Phone; 9342 3799 EMAIL

Secretary - Lynne; Phone; 9448 5840 EMAIL

Treasurer - Charly; Phone; 9206 4589 EMAIL

Registrar - Chris; Phone; 9246 3189 EMAIL

Editor - Tony; Phone; 9342 3799 EMAIL

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

 

Please Note!!

Change of meeting venue & start time

Next Meeting

Will be held, Thursday February 21st 7.30pm, at the St. Lukes School at Woodvale. This is on the corner of Whitfords Ave and Duffy Terrace, Woodvale. See map here
Visitors and New Members always welcome

Topic of the evening
Tony W On Catasetums

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

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Results of the WJOS Meeting December 2018


George Webber Trophy :

Den. stroitiotes x bicaudatum Lynne B

Popular Vote in the Open:

V. Somsri 'Thai Shots' Ray

Popular Vote in the Novice:

Onc. Catatane 'Kilauea Karma' Alex

Floral Art:

Gillian M

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Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society Calendar for
2018 - 2019
Please note that the time for set-up of displays between 8 & 9 am on the morning of the display. Plants can still be brought in after that time if it is more convenient.

February 23 - 24, Garden Clubs & Society Fair, South Perth.

April 12 - 13, Nth Beach Display, Nth Beach Shopping Centre, Nth Beach Rd

May 4th & 5th Kalamunda Show, Jack Healey Centre, Crn. Canning Rd & Mead St Kalamunda

July 6th - 7th, 2019 (Winter) Northern Orchid & Garden Fair, John Septimus Roe School, Mirrabooka

August 3rd - 4th 2019, Inter Society Orchid Display & Workshop, Albany

September 14th- 15th 2019 Spring Orchid Fair - Aranmore School Gymnasium, Leederville

October 5th & 6th (Spring) Northern Orchid & Garden Fair, John Septimus Roe School, Mirrabooka

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Floral Arrangement

For February - My Funny Valentine
For March - Novelty orchid design
For April - Easter Time

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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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Last years Northern Orchid and Garden Fair at the John

Septimus Roe High School gymnasium was such a great success that both the Northern Districts Orchid Society and the Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society are planning to double up in 2019 with a repeat of the July event and another in October. (Replacing our usual October Workshop)

The venue on Mirrabooka Avenue has many great advantages as the gymnasium is quite large with two full size basketball courts, a stage, kitchen and toilets.
The stage can be used for storing sale orchids with the space just in front for our sales area. Teas and coffees can be served with light refreshments from the small kitchen. It is planned to have one large raffle with donated goods. There is more than plenty of parking space for both members and the general
public with easy access to the main entrance.

The venue has been booked for Friday evening from 4pm, 5th July, (setup) Saturday & Sunday July 6th - 7th, 9am to 4pm, and also October Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th

Other orchid and non orchid societies have been invited to join us as it will be a general gardening event, not just orchids.

It is up to us to do the best we can to make this a great event, which is now an annual event on our calendar.

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Xmas in February @ Bruce & Kaye's, was a resounding success all round with some 48 members turning up to celebrate with each other. NDOS & WJOS as two like minded societies are combining more and more with events that help promote orchids and orchid growing amongst members and the public, and I foresee more of these get togethers happening in the future.
Many thanks once again to Bruce and Kaye for opening their home to both societies for this terrific celebration.

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Meeting Start time

Please take note!!
The meetings of the Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society now take place at St Luke's School at Woodvale, Whitfords Ave and Duffy Terrace, with the entrance to the parking area being on Duffy Tce
Also.... The meeting will start at 7.30

Please make sure that your orchids arrive by 7.15 so that they can be entered, placed on the trestles so the meeting can start without all the talking at the back of the hall and the judges can get on with their work.
Please be considerate of others.

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Don't forget

The Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society will be taking part in the Garden Clubs and Societies Fair in South Perth in conjunction with the Northern Districts Orchid Society.

The event will take place on the 23rd and 24th February.

A roster is on the raffle table so please join in and assist your society.

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Results of the January meeting 2018

Novice

Laelinae Alliance

15b


1st Rlc. Crispin Rosales 'No 2' Gillian C

Oncidinae

20d


1st Onc. Catatane 'Kilauea Karma' Alex

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Competition Plants
The Society runs a plant competition from time to time and the Committee endeavours to purchase different genera on each occasion to give variety and make growers aware of the needs of different types of orchids.

The Registrar numbers each plant and records the size of the leaves and the number of growths for each plant.

At a monthly meeting the membership will be advised that a competition is to take place and what the cost of the plant will be. When asked to line up to buy a plant, members are required to draw a number out of a receptacle. That number determines which plant they get (this ensures that there isn't any unfair allocation of the larger plants).
You take the plant home and you can leave it in the same pot or repot it as it suits your fancy, it is yours to grow, but keep the number on the pot or name tag.

At six monthly intervals the Registrar will ask for the plants to be taken to a meeting for assessment, bring it in and the Registrar awards points based on the progress of the plant. If the leaves have grown longer and there are new growths it will be given a score up to 10 but most likely in the area of 6 - 8. If it is struggling is will attract a lesser number of points.

This continues until a member has successfully flowered the plant. A Committee member must sight the flowering plant. (10 points are awarded for this) When this occurs the Registrar requests all plants to be presented for final assessment and the aggregate points are tallied to determine who the winner is. Quite regularly those who flower the plant have not had it previously assessed so they are not the final winners.

The winner will receive a $20 voucher from Ezi-Gro Orchids

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Meeting Results for January 2019
Open
Laelinae Alliance
1a


1st Psh. cordigera John P


2nd E. hamburii Gillian M


3rd E. alata Neil & Barbara
1b


1st Lc. Sierra Skies Neil & Barbara
1c


1st Hknsa. Koolan Sunset'Hawaii' John H


2nd C. Hawaiin Wedding Song 'Virgin' John H
1e


1st E. Unkown Gillian M
1f


1st Psh. Bees Knees John P


2nd C. Heloise John H


Paphiopedilum
3e


1st Paph. Gaucmole Ray
Dendrobeae
4d


1st Den. stratiotes x bicaudatum Lynne B


2nd Den. Tshioi x canaliculatum Neil & Barbara

3rd Den. Roy Tokunaga x Jewelite Neil & Barbara
Oncidinae
6d


1st Onc. Sarcatum Gillian M


2nd Gdlra. Pacific Truffle 'Surogate Star' John P


3rd Wils. Tropic Breeze Everglades HCC/AOS John P
Vandeae
7b


1st Aer. lawrenceae x Asr. Krailer White Charly


2nd V. Somsri 'Thai Shots' Ray
Species
10b


1st Bulb. arfakianum Charly


2nd Bulb. laslochiium Charly

3rd Bulb. arfakianum Charly
Hybrids
11b


1st Bulb. Wilbur Chang Charly

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What is Orchid Bud Blast?
When orchids drop their buds, it is commonly called bud blast. Likewise, when orchid's drop their blooms it is called bloom blast. Both conditions are the orchid's natural defense to something going wrong in their present growing environment. Orchids are very sensitive to environmental changes. In stressful situations, they drop buds to divert energy to the stems, foliage and roots.

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A Note To Novice Growers
Please don't be afraid to bring along to the meetings, any orchids that you have in flower. Members will be more than willing to assist you in understanding how to improve your orchids. That is what the Society is all about. Our purpose is to help orchid growers, to help orchid growers
We are not there to ridicule or embarrass our newer members. Quite the opposite. We want to help you improve your orchids so that you can become better growers yourselves.

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Our Sponsors

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info@growthtechnology.com.au
Phone
(08) 9331 3091

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Ezi-Gro Orchids
76 Evandale Rd, Darch
Western Australia
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Ezi-Gro Orchids are now CLOSED on Sundays

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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
by John P

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A message from The Water Corporation

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Paphiopedilun Culture Notes (February/March) by Trevor Burnett

These are months that the weather can usually be expected to have some excessively hot days. At this time of year, I water 3 times a week early in the morning with overhead sprinklers, so the plants are well saturated. This will allow time for the plants to be dry before the sun gets too high and will prevent any possibility of water burn.

This will also ensure plants are dry before nightfall.

Some growers may be tempted to water on hot evenings but I personally avoid this at all cost. Water left in the axils of the leaves at night only encourages rot and water borne disease. I find if the plants are watered heavily the next morning they seem to thrive on the fact they have been forced to dry out somewhat overnight.
If excessive heat is forecast over consecutive days, you will need to watch plants in small pots and increase the watering as necessary. Watering is highly dependent on the composition of your potting media and its ability to retain moisture (For beginners, a test pot of plain potting mix in the growing area is recommended until you understand the water holding capacity of your mix - you can empty the pot at any stage to see how much water is retained. The pot should be just moist throughout the bottom half of the pot.)

As the plants are still in active growth, keep a weak fertiliser program going on a weekly or fortnightly basis depending on your time constraints at ¼ to ½ strength with a high nitrogen-based fertiliser to maximise the new growths before the flowering season. Ensure that you flush the pot with water between fertilising which will flush out any excess salts.

In the glasshouse, the use of misting sprays under the benches will be beneficial by increasing the humidity levels on very hot days. It is equally important that plenty of fresh air, which is essential for the plants health, is available in the glasshouse.
Do not remove any extra shade that you may have installed over the summer months

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Sticky Stuff on Orchids

Many people who are new to growing orchids panic at the first sight of any sticky stuff on orchids. Avid gardeners know that sticky substances on plants are oftentimes the secretions, or 'honeydew' of insect pests, such as aphids, mealybugs or scale insects. Although these pests certainly can cause a sticky substance on orchid plants, there is a natural sap that is produced by some orchid flowers and buds.
Orchid growers call this clear, sticky stuff "happy sap." While this happy sap is produced by the flowers, probably to attract pollinators, it can drip a lot, causing sticky orchid leaves or stems. So, if orchid leaves are sticky, it could simply be attributed to this clear sap, which washes off the plant surfaces easily and is no cause for concern.
When you see any sticky substance on orchids, it is best to thoroughly investigate all the plant surfaces for insects.

If you see ants running around on your orchids, it is a sign that there are aphids or mealybugs present, as they have a strange symbiotic relationship with these pests. Aphids, mealybugs and scale can go unnoticed under plant leaves, at leaf joints and even on the flowers and buds, so closely inspect every bit of the orchid plants. Honeydew is prone to sooty mold, which will form gray to brown sticky, slimy patches on orchid foliage. Sooty mold is a fungal infection that can cause significant damage if left untreated. Aphids, mealybugs and scale can also cause great damage and even death to infected orchid plants

If you suspect your orchids have any of these pests, thoroughly wash all the plant tissues with horticultural oil or rubbing alcohol. You can periodically use horticultural oil or neem oil to prevent future infestations. These oils can also prevent an array of fungal diseases.

Read more at Gardening Know How:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/treating-sticky-orchid-leaves.htm

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