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Orchids were once the expensive interest of the wealthy, but today orchids are within reach of all. Their incredible beauty and diversity captivate people of every walk of life. If you have not grown orchids, you are missing one of natures’s finest offerings.
Kalamazoo Dunes Orchid Society — Please Join Us

The Kalamazoo Dunes Orchid Society is a group of orchid enthusiasts who offer comradery and encouragement to all orchid growers.

The society generally meets the first Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. from September through May. Meetings are held in Bronson Athletic Club, conference room #2. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Oct 8, 2016
2 p.m.

All State Orchid Societies Meeting

Carlos Fighetti, Past President AOS, Present President of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, will give a overview on “Phalaenopsis Species

Presbyterian Churchof Okemos
2258 Bennett Road, Okemos, MI

For more info contact Jack Shumaker at 810-265-8117  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Every one Welcome

Oct 9, 2016


Orchid auction to benefit Brad

As many of you may know, Brad has gone into hospice. He is unable to care for his collection at this point and his family's finances are depleted. We will be auctioning Brad's plants at this meeting and sending the proceeds back to him. He has Cattleyas, Coelogyne, Intergenerics, Paph, a little Phal w/o label, Epidendrum, one of the Gramatophylums, and Bulbophyllums. We also hope to have member presentations with culture requirements on some of these orchids. Also, feel free to add to the auction with plants donated from your collection.

Nov 5-6, 2016

Michiana Orchid Society Show
Holy Cross College, South Bend, IN

Nov 13, 2016


Dick Wells of Hilltop Orchids will present on Phalaenopsis

He will bring plants for sale

Dec 4, 2016

KDOS Annual Holiday Potluck

Bring a dish to pass
Bring plants for Show and Tell 
Bring plants for auction


Epsom Salts and Orchids

Orchids need a variety of trace minerals for healthy growth. One mineral that is easy to add to your culture is magnesium sulfate or Epsom salts. This mineral is needed by orchids to manufacture chlorophyll. Using Magnesium sulfate has been reported to produce greener leaves, thicker roots, improved flowering, and an overall more robust plant. Though there are as many different recommendations on concentrations and frequency of applications as there are growers, many in the Kalamazoo Dunes Orchid Society water once in October and once in May with a solution of one tablespoon Epsom salt per gallon of water.