Orchids

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

June 26, 2016
arrive 2 p.m.
lunch at 3 p.m.

Summer Potluck Picnic and Auction
at Letty's Farm

Check your newsletter for details

Sept 11, 2016


Natt’s Orchids will present on Vandaceous orchids

They will bring plants for sale.

Sept 23-25, 2016

Chicagoland's OrchidFest

Oct 2, 2016


Dick Wells of Hilltop Orchids will present on Phalaenopsis

He will bring plants for sale

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 Church of 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


 

Your cool growing orchids should be outside now for the summer months. This includes, cool cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Coelogynes and Pleiones. This also can include cool Laelia species such as L. anceps, as well as Encyclias and Odontoglossums, which can be taken outdoors with good results.

Continue to keep orchids well-watered, humid, shady and well-ventilated in the warm weather. This will prevent dehydration and will suit the cooler growing orchids better. During very wet weather, make sure orchids don't get waterlogged. Move them inside again in order to allow them to dry out if this happens.

Keep an eye out for pests during the warmer weather. Aphids, red spider mite and mealybug thrive in the warmth. Be vigilant. Regularly wipe leaves and mist to keep a humid environment, which pests will not like. Wash off aphids with soapy water if found.

With many orchids moved outside, summer is a good time to carry out necessary cleaning, maintenance and repairs of the greenhouse or indoor growing space. All fluorescent bulbs should be discarded and replaced by new ones, as it is proven that they do lose strength with continuous hours of use. To keep plants growing at their best during winter months, the price for replacing fluorescent bulbs will be worthwhile.

Happy growing!