Owen is a John Oxley member and is an Australian native orchid enthusiast who benches plants at each meeting.
He is well versed in the needs of these plants as he is knowledgeable of the habitat and culturable requirements needed to be able to successfully flower these well away from their natural environment.
In his address he spoke about speciosum orchids as to the various varieties available and the areas where they grow along the eastern seaboard of Australia.
He mentioned how he grows them in his shade house with regard to light, watering, potting media,fertilizer application and pest control.
We were fortunate in that he demonstrated how to repot by breaking up a large orchid and how to pot on smaller plants to the next size container.
There were many thoughts and tips passed on to the audience who appreciated the information.
The following upcoming events were announced. Save the dates in your diary today!
Bus trip – 28/10/2017
Next local orchid show – July 2018
John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc (JODOS) holds its Annual Winter Show in July each year in the Auditorium at the Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha.
Setting up is on the Friday afternoon with judging on Friday night. The show is open on Saturday from 8.30am to 4.00pm and on Sunday from 9.00am to 3.0pm. The show concludes with presentation of prizes at about 2.30 on Sunday. Admission cost is $4.00 with children free. Dates for the show in 2018 are to be advised.
On both days there are potting demonstrations twice daily, morning and afternoon. Cultural advice from some of Brisbane’s best growers is available all week-end. There will be lots of orchid plants for sale at very reasonable prices. This is a great opportunity to purchase plants to increase an existing collection or maybe purchase your first plants to start on this rewarding and interesting hobby.
A well grown and flowered plant with many inflorescences which were beautifully displayed was awarded the judges choice for the evening .
One large inflorescence with individual flowers beautifully displayed around the stem.
Richard is a JODOS member and has an extensive knowledge of the culture and requirements of growing orchids and this was evident during his address on the subject. His power point presentation was very professional and interesting.
The speaker of the month was Chelsea Allan of Trevallan of Trevallan Lifestyle Centre.
Chelsea gave a very interesting address highlighting a lot of new products which could be used in both orchid and general garden culture.
Her close knowledge of horticultural products to combat pests and diseases was appreciated by the audience as many lines she presented were scarcely known by most of us. It was a new insight to products which would be very beneficial to have on hand keep our orchids pest and disease free.
The benches were very well filled with a beautiful array of well grown and colourful plants. As is the case at this time of the year Catleyas and Dendrobiums featured as he dominate genera and there were some high quality flowers on display. The judges pondered their decisions for quite some time on these two sections and it was highlighted upon during the the judges commentary segment. It was worth noting that a New Grower received third in the Judges Choice which selections are made from the entire benched plants displayed.