The Arizona Orchidist
NEXT OSA SOCIETY MEETING
The next regular society
monthly meeting will be Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the Valley Garden Center,
1809 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Phone: (602) 252-2120.
The meeting, open to all plant enthusiasts, will start at 7:00 PM.
Grower on Call for March is
Dr. German Carneval will be speaking to us in March.
He was born in Venezuela and now lives in Merida, Mexico. He is the curator
of the herbarium, travels to do site explorations, and writes in his spare
time. He will speak on the orchids of the Yucatan which should be interesting.
In the current issue of The Orchid Digest (Jan., Feb.,Mar.)
Natalie Warford, one of our members and talented artist, is featured in
the Women in Orchids article. The Digest will be in our library,
so check it out!
>From the President’s Desk
Lou Ann Remeikis
Hopefully everyone in attendance had an opportunity
to learn something at the February meeting. Even though Valerie was
the only one who had an orchid for mounting, those who participated in
the demonstration saw how simple it is to do this. With a few
basic materials, orchids are easily mounted, and this style of cultivation
is much more “natural” for orchids. It DOES take more time on the
part of the grower, as the watering schedule is changed from once
a week to almost daily.
Willie ran the “sick clinic”, and we had some
wonderful “patients”. The orchids you brought in for a diagnosis,
treatment recommendations, and prognosis were priceless! In fact,
they were all such good “sick plants” I had no choice but to award extra
raffle tickets to those who brought their plants in.
Regular Info: We
had such a wonderful turnout at our last meeting, and I hope everyone enjoyed
our freestyle meeting. Some members wanted to watch the mounting
demonstration, some wanted advice on their plants, some listened and learned
what they can do for their “sick babies” they had left at home, and
everyone obviously enjoyed the Raffle Table and Silent Auction. Wasn’t
the Epidendrum (the HUGE plant) beautiful. Bob MacLeod was the generous
person who donated that wonderful orchid for the raffle table, and Peggy
Stejskal was the lucky member who took it home!
In addition to Bob MacLeod making his donation to
the Raffle Table, other members making generous donations to the
Raffle were Nelda Caldwell, Peggy Stejskal, Wilella Stimmell, the Society
and myself. A big thanks go to all who purchased raffle tickets,
too. You are just as important to the raffle as those of us who donate
Also speaking of the raffle, is anyone planning on
being in the Santa Barbara, CA, area during March 31st through April 2nd?
If so, you may want to buy some extra raffle tickets as there will be two
tickets for admission to the 2000 Santa Barbara Orchid Show to be
held that weekend at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. I cannot attend
this year, and the tickets will be available on the Raffle Table.
Welcome to our new members: David Wehrli who
joined in January; Joy MacLeod, Sandy French and Jennifer Busch who joined
at our February meeting, and Lilly Moore who mailed in her membership form
this month. I look forward to getting to know all of you, and I hope
you enjoy your new “orchid family”.
I have to tell you a story that was told to me about
Sandy French, one of our new members. As luck would be, her first
meeting ended with taking home a few orchids - one in particular being
a vanda. Sandy, who is a delightfully optimistic gal, took
her vanda home and sat up most of the night watching her vanda grow.
Sandy’s enthusiasm for orchids has obviously been born!
The Chinese Cultural Festival - Year of the Dragon
- was a HUGE success. I cannot thank everyone enough for coming out
and working our tent at the event. We all were able to visit with
each other, talk to other individuals interested in our “beautiful orchids”,
induldge in some wonderful oriental cuisine, and sells LOTS of orchids.
Our tent was located three spaces away from the stage and, although we
did not have direct visual of the stage, we were able to observe many of
the grand performances throughout the weekend. Thank you to the following
who generously shared their weekend helping us out: Wilella Stimmell,
Bob MacLeod, Julie Rathbun, Sarah Heberling, Norma Kafer, Ann Cherny, Joe
Freasier, Wayne Baker, Karen Berger (& hubby Andrew), Peggy Stejskal,
Jen Hall (& hubby Mike), Pete and Jane Heckel, Valerie Revke, and Kathleen
Luther. Whew! I hope I didn’t forget anyone. It
was so VERY nice to have a full roster of volunteers for this event.
Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!!!
A sincere thank you goes to the generosity of Mr. K.
C. Tang, President and the Coordinator of the Chinese Week. Mr. Tang
has been most gracious and helpful in allowing the Orchid Society of Arizona’s
participation in the Phoenix Chinese Week Festival, and we look forward
to working with him again next year.
Great news for Natalie! We moved the volcano
- OSA’s volcano. We have Norma Kafer’s daughter, Aimie, to thank.
She has agreed to house the volcano until our Orchid show in November,
should we decide to use it again. We truly appreciate Natalie “storing”
our volcanic creation for as long as she did, and appreciate Aimie stepping
in to assist us when it needed a new home.
I mentioned this tidbit of information at the February
meeting, but for those members who were unable to attend the meeting it
is worthy of print. THE QUARANTINE IS STILL IN EFFECT REGARDING PLANT
MATERIALS (ORCHIDS) BROUGHT INTO ARIZONA FROM HAWAII AND FIVE COUNTIES
IN FLORIDA. This information was verified through Kathy Cameron of
the Arizona Department of Agriculture. If you order plants from any
of these destinations, it is mandatory they have a phytosanitary certificate
and have been chemically treated for brown citrus aphid - a threat to the
Arizona citrus industry. This is a sad statement - but true!
Wilella Stimmell, Norma Kafer and myself will have
attended the Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco, CA, by the time this
publication reaches you. The Orchid Expo will be held February 25,
26, & 27th. We will be joining Del Pace, a long-distance member
of our society, who will be exhibiting at the show as a commercial grower.
The three of us, I should say the four of us as Norma’s husband, Jim, will
be joining us, will be humping plants back from the Pacific Orchid Expo.
These plants will be placed on the Silent Auction at our March meeting.
There should be a spectacular selection for our members to bid on!
At this time, I want to set forth the guidelines for
our Silent Auctions. With all the new members we have, it is a good
policy to publish the guidelines from time to time. These guidelines
will serve to maintain continuity and fairness to each member who wants
to participate in the Silent Auction process.
GUIDELINES FOR SILENT AUCTION:
All plants will have a minimum bid written on a two-part
You may bid on the plant(s) of your choice by writing
your name on the two-part ticket, followed by your bid of atleast $1.00
more than the previous bid. Your name and bid should be written on
the “WHITE” (top) portion of the ticket.
The President of the Society will announce when there
are five (5) minutes left to complete the bidding. This will generally
be prior to the conclusion of our break for the evening.
At the completion of the bidding process, the doors
to the Silent Auction are closed. The “WHITE” (top) tickets are collected
by a designated Board member and the “YELLOW” (bottom) portion of the ticket
will remain with the plant. All plants must remain in the Silent
Auction room, along with the corresponding “YELLOW” (bottom) ticket until
after the conclusion of the regular meeting.
Winning bids can be checked at the end of the regular
meeting, at which time you may retrieve your plant(s), and take the “YELLOW”
(bottom) portion of the ticket to the person acting as cashier, pay for
your plant(s) and depart.
Note: IF there is a discrepancy between the
“WHITE” and “YELLOW” portion of the two-part ticket, the winning bid will
be awarded to the person whose name is on the “WHITE” portion of the ticket.
This avoids write-ins after the bidding opportunity has been concluded.
I want to acknowledge Doug Baldwin for providing the
information on the hobby greenhouse that is available through Costco.
Our membership appreciates information such as this. If you happen
to run across information or products that you think our members may be
interested in, or would want to take advantage of, please do not hesitate
to let us know at a meeting, submit a written paragraph or two to our Editor,
Jen Hall, for inclusion in the newsletter, or tell me so I can make an
announcement at one of the meetings. I like to think of our “family”
as one that shares valuable information to help each other in our orchid
Gerda Gallob, our member from Sedona, also spoke of
her Keiki Club’s activities at the February meeting. She has found
a source for graded lava rock, and offered to take orders. Hopefully
anyone who needed the rock contacted Gerda at the meeting, but if not I
am sure she would not mind a phone call. Gerda also spoke of an individual
who is willing to take a group on an expedition in April or May (probably)
to see some of the native Arizona orchids in bloom. If anyone is
interested in such a trip, please let me know and I can submit a list of
interested members to Gerda. I, for one, am very interested in seeing
our native orchids!
I look forward to seeing all our members at the March
meeting - it should be a very interesting meeting with Dr. German Carnevali
as our speaker. Natalie Warford has again come through for OSA, by
providing lodging and entertainment for Dr. Carnevali while he is in Arizona.
I also anticipate a few extra guests at this meeting,
due to our exposure at the Chinese Week Festival. Please take a moment
to introduce yourself to them and make them feel welcome!
Happy growing - Lou Ann
OSA COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT
by Wilella Stimmell, CSP Coordinator
On January 24, Ann Cherny, Shirley Engberg, Norma Kafer,
Lou Ann Remeikis, and Mary, Ann, Andrew, and Jeff Shaffer, and I appeared
at the Most Holy Trinity Elementary School, 535 E. Alice, Phoenix. This
is the first time an ENTIRE OSA family of members has participated in one
of our community service programs! Ann is a student in one of the two 4th
grade classes for which we presented programs that day. She’s an excellent
helper on our program team, and we wish she was available to help us more
often. She knows how we assemble the milk jug greenhouses, and she circulated
amongst her classmates and distributed the supplies we use to complete
the assembly of the “greenhouses”. Mother Mary brought a blooming
plant for our display table, and she also served as our “still” photographer.
Papa Jeff used a movie camera to film the proceedings. Andrew attends a
different school, but on this afternoon he was a welcome member of our
We presented our programs outdoors, so it was much
easier to clean up our usual fir bark “mess”. After we had tidied the area,
we were treated to homemade valentine cookies!
During one of the programs, a student surprised us
when he inquired whether the orchid seedlings we were donating to his class,
were LEGAL. Apparently the students had recently been warned by a speaker
from the Arizona Fish and Wildlife Department that it is illegal to pick
up a feather of an endangered bird. The student compared what we had said
- that all native orchids are on the endangered list - with the warning
he and his classmates had received about feathers of endangered birds.
We assured the class that the seedlings were hybrids and that the “orchid
police” would neither confiscate the seedlings nor punish the students.
On February 1, Lou Ann and I presented an evening program
for the Outdoor Recreation Division, Gardening Section, at the Pyle Center,
655 E. Southern, in Tempe. This program was a departure from our school
presentations and from those structured for Senior Centers. We repotted
one of our orchids that was BADLY in need of attention, and one member
of the audience brought a plant that we showed her how to repot. Several
other members of the audience brought orchids, and we attempted to diagnose
problems with their plants and recommended treatments.
On February 10, we presented a program for Weeders
Garden Club which met that day at the home of one of the members who live
at Sun Lakes. Upon hearing about our school programs, the ladies asked
if we would accept a donation in support of our educational efforts! We
gratefully accepted the donation and thanked the garden club, a sister
member of the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs, for their contribution.
Children are more clever at a younger age than we
were, when we were their age?
I recently received a telephone call from the mother
of one of the Kindergarten students who attends Phoenix Christian Elementary
School. Following our program on January 13 for the PCE students, the children
took their seedlings home rather than leave them in their classroom. The
mother’s very clever 5 year-old son had told her that he would “share”
his orchid and let her take turns with him watering his orchid. He cautioned
her that it was “very important not to let water stand in the crown of
the plant”. In record time, the plant died! Her son’s response was, “You
let water stand in the crown, didn’t you?” He neglected to tell her that
he had spilled his plant onto the floor during our program and either he
or a fellow classmate had possibly STEPPED ON the little seedling! The
trauma to the seedling might have had more to do with its demise than his
mother’s faulty watering of the plant. I assured the mother that all would
be forgiven after we replace the seedling with a non-traumatized one. I
decided it was best not to inform the mother of the spill incident, but...a
5 year-old “laying a guilt trip” on his mother? This boy probably has a
future in politics!
Scheduled programs for March:
On March 7, we will present two programs for first
grade students at KHALSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 2636 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. The
students are anxiously anticipating our arrival at their school and have
begun saving milk jugs. A mother accompanying several of the Khalsa
students, stopped by our booth at the Chinese Cultural Festival and introduced
the students to us. The first program on March 7 will begin at 10 a.m.
and the second will begin at 11 a.m.
On March 21, we will present a program for the BEATITUDES
Campus of Care, 1616 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. This program will feature
repotting. Two groups will be participating: lodge residents and cottage
residents. Karen Belzer, Activities Director for the cottage residents,
is searching for an aquarium that will become the new home of the orchids
we leave with the residents. WE NEED MEMBERS TO DONATE KEIKIS, ESTABLISHED
DIVISIONS OF COMPACT AND/OR MINIATURE PLANTS OR...INEXPENSIVE PURCHASED
PLANTS for this program. Many of our members demonstrate on a regular basis
that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive, but for those who
have yet to experience the joy of giving, this is your opportunity to DO
something meaningful. We’re hoping to have 12 plants donated by OSA members
for this program. If you will not be assisting in the program presentation
at the Beatitudes, please BRING YOUR PLANT DONATIONS TO OUR MARCH 2 MEETING.
The donated plants need not be in bloom, but they should be blooming size
or near blooming size.
Coming Attractions: On April 28 and 29, our community
service team will present programs in YUMA - at ALICE BYRNE SCHOOL and
for a 4H group! More information regarding these programs will appear in
our April newsletter. This will be our first overnight trip involving school
John T. Atwood, Director Orchid Identification Center
Fifty years ago the word ‘orchid’ conjured visions
of exotic flowers the size of dessert plates. Since 1950 the multitude
illustrated publications have expanded the public’s view of orchids to
include those with minute pinhead sized flowers, some despite names as
large as Platystele jungermannioides. Many of these are grown in collections,
but what can one do with these diminutive-flowered gems?
Although not usually pinhead sized, the modest flowers
of Dendrochilum when produced in quantity are pleasingly arranged such
that interest focuses on the entire inflorescence, not the individual flowers.
Species that produce semi-erect stems with pendent inflorescences such
as Dendrochilum cobbianum, D. filiforme, and D. magnum are especially striking
when large (see the appended illustration of Dendrochilum (Platyclinis)
filiforme from Williams and Williams Orchid Grower’s Manual). At Selby,
Alex Vasiljev has placed four magnificent specimens in the crossing area
of the Tropical Display House to remain on view for the next
month. These plants display well enough individually,
but Alex has tiered the plants giving the effect of descending fountains.
To create a pleasing whole greater than the sum of its parts takes an artistic
eye, one acquired with experience. Alex often displays pots of daisy-chain
(Bulbophyllum) orchids in similar fashion.
Other small flowering orchids can be effective in mass
displays. Years ago Selby Gardens displayed a single clump of Spiranthes
odorata with four perfectly vertical and parallel inflorescences of christaline
set among masses of cattleyas and vandas. Viewers
noted with surprise the attractiveness of the species with its unique style
among otherwise flamboyant orchids. As with the humble mustard seed, ‘small’
need not signify inferior when considering the patterns
formed by the many flowers taken together, and by well designed plant placement.
This month’s website comes to us from
Though this site specializes in Brazilian species
it offers a lot of other information, including a history of orchids, orchids
by state, a photo gallery, and a ton of other interesting information.
Worth a look!
A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize
at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26, 1999.
He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become
to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in
our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding
strict control or total elimination of the chemical -dihydrogen monoxide.
He cited side effects of the chemical:
a) can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
b) is a major component in acid rain
c) can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
d) accidental inhalation of it can kill
e) it contributes to erosion
f) it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
g) it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer
Of the 50 people who were asked if they supported
a ban of the chemical, 43 said “yes”, 6 were undecided, and
PERSON KNEW THAT THE CHEMICAL WAS WATER!!
Growing Tip: Now that our Phalaenopsis are all spiking
care should be taken so they don’t lean way over the pot. When the
spike becomes about a foot tall a bamboo stake or wire should be inserted
into the pot next to the spike and the spike secured in an upright position.
Staking the plant in this manner not only makes for a better-looking plant,
it also helps keep the plant from becoming top-heavy. (Arizona Orchidist,
As the weather gets warmer (then colder again...isn’t
spring great!), I thought of this poem I ran across in one of the old copies
of the Arizona Orchidist. It was published in the January 1969 newsletter.
I hope you enjoy it.
My neighbor has some orchid plants
Some ten or twelve I guess
She tends them like she would a babe
With care and tenderness
She worries with each speck she sees
She thrills with each new lead
And any bug that dares approach
Is killed with utmost speed
But though she pampers them a lot
With loving care, and such
The plants are dying rapidly
She waters them too much!!
Clarence S. Lindsten
>From the Editor
I would like to thank Gerda Gallob for bringing in
her photo albums and letting me borrow them to scan. Jim will be
thrilled! Some of the photos will be going onto to the website soon
I’m sure. We still could use more.... I know everyone has at least
ONE picture of that “blasted plant that FINALLY bloomed!”.
Don’t forget.....any ideas for articles, articles,
great websites, or something you would like to see in the newsletter, do
not hesitate to let me know!!!! This is your newsletter, help me
bring you one you want to read.
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