Hello and greetings to all new and current members. This month's meeting will feature Dr. Holger Perner. Looking forward to seeing all of you on Friday, October 9 at 6:45 PM.
THANK YOU DEPARTMENT
Carol Klonowski for sharing her knowledge and presentation featuring Dendrobiums. With over 1,200 species, this is by no easy task to present in less than one hour, but Carol's presentation was organized and well designed so that everybody learned something new. Remember, if your Dendrobium leaves fall off just after Thanksgiving, it's normal, let it sleep, minimal water, until new growth is spotted in the Spring. Again, thank you Carol!
Richard and Dianne Lindberg for their kind donation of plants and supplies, of which many took advantage of. All proceeds from members purchasing items from Mr. Lundberg's donation will go into the general operating fund for the society allowing his gift to last all year long, if not more. Mr. Lindberg established the backbulb.com web site, a blog about growing many orchids from backbulbs, and that blog can be found here. Orchids including a GREENTAG from September's Opportunity Table or purchased at the last meeting is from Mr. Richard Lindberg's Collection. These Green Tags include a number that can identify a specific orchid that he wrote about on his web site, backbulbs.com. If you need help matching the number to an orchid, just send me an e-mail and I will be happy to get you direct links.
Congratulations to Noble for winning the September's Member's Orchid donated by our plant doctor, Vincent B. Neal from Orchids by Neal, located in Richmond, also donated orchids in bloom to spice up the Plant Table.
Here is a .pdf file on Orchid Pests and Diseases worth taking a look at, and perhaps saving so you can identify common issues with orchids. Click here (or to download, right-click and choose "save as" option)
|Catasetum fimbriatum||fact sheet|
|Cattleya aurantiaca||fact sheet|
|Laelia anceps 'White Wings'||fact sheet|
|Maxillaria tenuifolia||fact sheet|
|Myrmecophila tibicinis||fact sheet|
|Pholidota chinensis||fact sheet|
THE GENERAL MEETING - Friday, October 9th at 6:45PM
Starting at approximately 6:30PM, The NVOS Plant Doctor will be available to consult owners of unhappy plants and offer suggestions to make it a happy plant.
A selection of orchid potting supplies will be available at this meeting. A portion of the sales is donated to the general fund of the Napa Valley Orchid Society. Bark, bark mixes, fertilizers and pots of all sizes will be available. If you are looking for something in particular, or need to buy bulk, please let the web site know by sending information or questions to:
For our October dinner all those interested are welcome to join us at Kitchen Door. It is located on the west side of the Oxbow Market. Address is 610 First St. Suite 24. Dinner is at 5. Tease your tastebuds by exploring their website at http://www.kitchendoornapa.com/menus.php
SKILL SESSION "Fertilizer, Part 2 of 2" 6:40 PM
Andy will host a brief general discussion on fertilizing of orchids. A topic of debate is "to feed, or not to feed" orchids with any fertilizer at all. Ask ten expert growers this topic and you will get 9 different answers. Andy will focus on methods, and explaining those confusing numbers on labels. He will also discuss other natural fertilizers already in the typical home including eggshells, epsom salt and milk or buttermilk. Should you have questions about watering or feeding your orchids, send them to
Dr. Holger Perner, accomplished Slipper orchid expert and owner of Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology (an orchid nursery in Chengdu, China) will be in the Bay area. He will be speaking at a number of Orchid Societies on a number of subjects including the Cypripediums of China, the Paphiopedilum orchids of China, orchid hunting in Sichuan and Yunan, Pleione and numerous other topics.
Holger Perner was born in Hamburg, Germany, and studied plant ecology at the University of Giessen, near Frankfurt, finishing with a master thesis on the soil ecology of Orchis mascula. In 1991 he made his Ph.D. on the ecology of methane producing archaebacteria, at the university of Hamburg, but never let the orchids out of his sight. While working as a scientist at a national laboratory near Hamburg in the mid 1990ies, beside his regular ecological research, he run a research project in cooperation with Leonid Averianov on the ecology of Cypripedium species in the Russian Far East. After meeting his future wife Wenqing (pronounced ‘When Ching’) on an orchid trip in Sichuan, China, in 1997 (she was not involved in orchids at all but was just translating for three orchid nuts, one of them Holger). Wenqing and Holger married in Germany in 1998, and after 4 years went back to China in 2001 to work for a Chinese national park with one of the largest cypripedium colonies in the world. In 2003 they founded Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology, a German company registered in Sichuan, China, and began to commercially mass-propagate orchids, namely Chinese slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum and Cypripedium) in their lab and subsequently raised them in their nursery. Since 2010 their company is licensed by the Chinese government to export artificially propagated orchids worldwide. Annually Wenqing and Holger conduct botanical study tours in the mountains of Southwest and South China, on which participants from all over the world are introduced to the orchids and general plant life, but also the local culture and cuisine. Beside these activities, the Perners are still working for the Huanglong national park and are engaged in several other projects, including tissue culturing and farming blueberries and other fruits
The talk Holger will present is about ‘Orchids in China and their Cultivation in the West’, also titled ‘CCP’. No, that is not the acronym for ‘Chinese Communist Party’ (well, actually it is...), but for ‘Cymbidium, Cypripedium, Paphiopedilum’, the three genera Holger is introducing in the talk. Beginning with Cymbidium, the grouping within the genus is explained, a couple of large-flowered species found in China discussed and then the entire group of Oriental or Chinese cymbidiums briefly presented. This is followed by the genus Cypripedium, of which China has the worldwide largest number of species within its boundaries. Finally Chinese species of the genus Paphiopedilum are featured and a representative group of species discussed. Again, China harbors the largest number of species of the genus Paphiopedilum in its territory, and, as a matter of fact, is the richest country in the world for slipper orchids. For all three genera the particular growing conditions in the wild as well as the resulting requirements in cultivation will be discussed.
The Society encourages members to participate once a year in joining a few others in providing those delicious snacks and treats. It is also expected that you help and assist our snack coordinator Carolyn N. in setting up, maintaining during, and cleaning after the meeting.
|January||N - O - P||July||picnic|
|February||Q - R - S
||August||Di - E|
|March||T - U - V - W||September||F - G|
|April||X - Y - Z - A||October||H - I - J|
|May||B||November||K - L - M
|June||C - De||December||buffet|
Anyone is more than welcome to provide extra snacks during any meeting. The reward will be an extra opportunity at the plant table.
MEMBERS SALE TABLE
Members of the society are more than welcome to bring orchids to the meeting for sale to those in attendance. For more information on this, just send word to the web site at for all the details. Keep in mind, there is paperwork that must be completed prior to selling your orchids and orchid related items.
SHOW AND TELL TABLE
During a majority of the monthly meetings of the NVOS, members are encouraged to bring blooming orchids to show off their hard work. Points are given to the top three orchids and these awarded points determine the annual winner of the Mel Dittmer Trophy awarded to the highest point winner at the December holiday social.
Results from September:
Phragmipedilum Fireworks (3N)
(Grande 'Piping Rock' (4N) x pearcei 'Jenna')
Paphiopedilum Petula's Presence
(Majic Pulsar'Pristine Red' x Pegula's Mystery 'Dark Red')
|3rd Place||Alcra. Hilo Ablaze 'Hilo Gold' HCC/AOS||Karen O.|
Dr. Holger Perner will provide the Opportunity Table.
Keep in mind, if you received an orchid from any previous opportunity table, or any other source, and have questions on how to keep it happy and rebloom, you are more than welcome to bring it to the next meeting and ask other experienced growers for help. This is a benefit of being a member of the NVOS.
2016 PACIFIC ORCHID EXPO:
"A Legacy of Orchids"
This year, the theme of the show is "A Legacy of Orchids" focusing on the long history of orchid collecting. We are working with the Arader Gallery of San Francisco, who will be exhibiting 1800's orchid prints and watercolors along side flowering plants of the orchids depicted in the paintings.
This year’s Exposition will take place from Friday, February 26th through Sunday, February 28th, 2016 in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.
2016 ANNUAL NVOS SPRING SHOW AND SALE:
The Napa Valley Orchid Society is pleased to announce the dates for our annual Spring Show and Sale. Please set aside on your calendar March 19 and 20, 2016.
Friday, March 18, 7:00 PM
- Ribbon Judging, open to the public.
- Vendors have the option to set up.
Saturday and Sunday, Match 19 and 20, 2016
Show is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days, free admission, free parking.
Once again we will host this event at the Napa Senior Center located at 1500 Jefferson Street in Napa.
More details will be distributed as they become available.
SEPTEMBER: (Other local Society's agendas)
Tuesday, October 6
Dr. Holger Perner - Orchids in China and their Cultivation in the West
Wednesday, October 7
Annual Potluck and Auction
Tuesday, October 13
Guest Speaker : Gary Meyer, Ph.D. whose subject will be Dracuphilia: A Gothic Romance.
Thursday, October 15
Guest Speaker: Mary Nesbit
Friday, October 16
Guest Speaker : Information unavailable at Deadline
Tuesday, October 27
Society Fall Auction
Wednesday, October 28
Dennis Olivas on Cymbidium Companion Plants
The NVOS Executive Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month, and are open to current members of the society. For more information on attending these meetings, please drop a line to the web site at . or contact any member of the Board.
|President||Karen O.||Vice President||Kathleen O.|
|Treasurer||Paul J.||Secretary||Patty T.|
|Board Members:||Larraine E.||Karen W.||Lynn A.|
|Carolyn N.||Vinton B.|
|Plant Doctor:||Vinton B.||Show Chairperson:||Peri P.|
|Greeter:||Alysha D.||Librarian:||Cynthia B.|
|Newsletter / Web site:||Andy W.||Refreshments:.||Carolyn N.|
2015 NVOS SHOW - AWARDS
A Gallery of images from the past 2015 SHOW, along with images of awarded Orchids, can be discovered here. This is a work in progress, but you are welcome to view as it is designed.
SELECT, GENERAL FLOWERING CALENDAR
|BASIC FLOWERING PERIOD|
It is important to note that the data in the above table has not been absolutely proven. Keep in mind that orchids themself, determine when they bloom, and this is dependent upon environmental factors. The biggest factor is indoor versus greenhouse growing. To best determine the flowering season, one must research the orchid of interest.