The Arizona Orchidist Newsletter 

published by

The Orchid Society Of Arizona, Inc.

Founding Editor Clarence S. Lindsten, 1966 



   The next regular society monthly meeting will be Thursday June 1st , 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 June is  August Lorenzini, See your Member Roster for his number.

June  Program
                                                                                    By Aaron Hicks
          "What Good's a Wildlife Preserve when you can't Spread it like Jelly?"
Orchids constitute the largest family of flowering plants on Earth, with approximately 20,000 species. Tropical rainforest is the habitat for over  75% of these species, which are currently being wiped out as they're turned into lumber, rice paddies, and banana plantations among other things.
                                                                                                                                                                     There's over a million species of life on this chunk of rock; why worry about one or two more that are in the way?  Aaron has been invited back (against the advice of your personal physician), this time to speculate wildly on extinction, extirpation, and how you can raise some of the rarest plants in the world on your windowsill.
The URL for the Orchid Seedbank Project is 

From the President's Desk
The OSA Board being held one week early due to the Memorial Day Holiday.   There will also be a show planning meeting on this date, starting at 12 noon, prior to the regular Board meeting - all members invited to attend!

June's Board Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 25th, at 1:00 pm, place to be announced at June Society Meeting. (Note: This meeting is being held one week early due to the July 4th Holiday weekend)
Happy June to everyone - summer is here! With the onset of summer, kids are out of school, vacations are being planned and taken, and our orchids are going through their annual time of heat stress. Please make some time to
check out your cooling systems for your plants, and make sure you have plenty of air circulation for your plants. People, as well as plants really benefit by having air movement around them - it makes it cooler than it really is.

With the heat of the summer, our meeting attendance drops. Many of our lucky members move to cooler climates during these summer months and miss out on our meeting programs. It is nice to know that those lucky members
can still keep up with what the group is doing by way of the newsletter or by checking out our website for the on-line version of the newsletter. Know that we will miss the faces of those who will be absent for a few months,
but we certainly will be thinking about you.

Please take some time and read up on the annual field trip we are planning for the membership on July 15th. The information is included in this newsletter, and there will be follow-up information at the next two regular meetings. With the time restrictions we have to pull this off, it is
important that everyone know the limitations the Board is faced with planning this. We want everyone who can to join us on this trip as I know it will be a very enjoyable field trip. What I do want to avoid is any hard feelings by not being able to refund your payments if you decide you cannot participate after June 1st. So please mark your calendars, and plan appropriately.

For those who have not been to Santa Barbara's International Orchid Fair, I
can say from first-hand 

experience it is an enjoyable fun-filled day. We
are all usually trying to wake up when we meet at the airport so early in the morning, and we are all exhausted by the time we get home, but it is an
exhilarating trip you will want to do again. I hope you can all make the trip.

The in-house program that was held at the May meeting seemed to be well received. Willie provided an insight into the Community Service Programs which are financially sponsored by OSA and voluntarily manned by our members. It is a simple program, and Willie does most of the talking (surprising, huh?), and the additional volunteers help the kids pot up the
orchids and make the plastic greenhouses. If you happen to have a couple of hours free during one of the scheduled Community Service Programs, and would
like to participate, give Willie a call and volunteer to help. I know Willie could use the assistance, and the entire OSA membership will be grateful to have you represent our group!

The Phalaenopsis seedlings that were available at the last meeting were quite large and very healthy seedlings. I wanted to make sure that everyone knows the seedlings were taken from a 2-1/2" pot and should have been moved
into the next size up - a 3" pot. A few seedlings that had such large healthy roots could have possibly been moved into a 3-1/2" pot. However, we had an inventory of some 4" pots at the meeting and some members placed their seedlings in this larger size pot. By doing this, the seedlings have been overpotted and it may take a long time for these plants to bloom. If it is possible, those who repotted the seedlings into the 4" pot should repot them into a 3" or 3-1/2" pot for the sake of the plant. You really can do what you want, but that is our recommendation for the benefit of the seedling. The rule of thumb for transplanting any plant is to move it into the "next size up" container.

I had mentioned at the last meeting that OSA had been honored with a First Place Certificate of Achievement reference Publications B (1) (c) - Plant Society Newsletter. This award is presented by the Pacific Region of the National Council of State Garden Clubs. I have recently  received the news that OSA also received an Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs Certificate of Award - 1st Place - for a Plant Society Newsletter - #17 1 (c) . The first
honor came with a cash award of $15.00. The Board voted on and approved the donation of this $15.00 cash award to the Youth Gardening Program Fund for the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs. Willie Stimmell accepted the
certificates on OSA's behalf when they were presented at the AFGC Convention on May 10th & 11th. I wish to thank the two Editors who have been responsible for the quality found in OSA's newsletters, Nancy Burnett and
Jennifer Hall. Due to their dedication and talents, OSA has been recognized with these two awards. Thank you gals!

I hope to see everyone at the June meeting, and look forward to an enjoyable trip to Santa Barbara with as many members who can participate in this once a year  opportunity!

Happy Growing -

Lou Ann 
Raffle Items donated by:
Willie Stimmell, Pete & Jane Heckel, Bob MacLeod, Joe Frazier, Rhonda
Woodward, Phillip Liu, Keith Mead, Lou Ann Remeikis, and OSA. 

OSA's Annual Field Trip         July 15th, 2000                    Payment of $120.00 ($50.00 refunded) is due No Later Than June 1st! Don't miss out! 

    OSA FIELD TRIP - JULY 15, 2000
                    by Lou Ann Remeikis For the past four years, our field trip destination has been the San Diego Orchid Fair, held in September. This year, however, the event  has been scheduled for the second weekend in October. The previous weekend, several OSA members will be traveling to Landers, CA, where we will present our youth programs for California school children. Last year, when we participated in the Morongo Basin Orchid Festival, we made a commitment to Chris Gubler, the Festival organizer, that we would return in October, 2000.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Since that time, the date change for the San Diego Fair was discovered. The moment we perceived a conflict, OSA Board Members began searching for an alternative field trip destination. At the April 28th OSA Board of Director ‘s meeting, several options were discussed. The most  feasible alternative was the 20th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Fair, to be held July 15-16. If we chose Santa Barbara (our first field trip destination in 1995), we had very little time to complete travel arrangements.

There was an informational hand-out at May's meeting which included a preliminary trip itinerary for both San Diego's fair in October and Santa Barbara's fair in July. A poll was taken at the May meeting, at which time a majority of the members present favored the Santa Barbara trip. A sincere attempt was made to contact via e-mail and telephone those members who were not present at the May meeting to notify them of the field trip plans.                                                                                                                                              
As this newsletter goes to press, OSA's itinerary for July 15th is a 6:00 AM departure from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Our flight will arrive in Burbank, CA, at 7:15 am. A charter bus will be waiting at the airport to take us to Santa Barbara, and stay with us throughout the day. We will arrive at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Fair at approximately 9:15 am (the fair opens at 9:00 am). Sufficient time will be available to visit the fair's vendor booths, tour the greenhouses of the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, and to tour the greenhouses of Cal-Orchids. On our way back to the airport, we plan to stop at Stewart Orchids in Carpenteria, but at this point we are unsure how much time we can allow for us to tour Stewart's nursery. Our return flight from Burbank to Phoenix departs at 5:55 pm, earlier than we had originally planned. This is the latest flight out of Burbank to Phoenix on Saturday.

We chose a different airline than we have used for previous field trips because we needed the earliest possible departure time possible from Phoenix. We have discovered that this airline is NOT as flexible regarding payment as we are accustomed to (a deposit to secure the reservation with the balance due later). Payment in full is due 45 days prior to departure (which would be May 30th). We have been given a three day extension which means the name roster of participants and full payment is due June 2nd, the  day after our June meeting. This means if you have not yet sent in your $120.00, and you intend to participate in our field trip, YOU MUST BRING PAYMENT TO THE JUNE 1ST MEETING. No exceptions will be made. In addition, once payment has been made all tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-CHANGEABLE according to the policy of the airline. Therefore, this policy flows downward to members who have paid as of June 1st meeting. NO REFUNDS should you change your mind about going on the trip. You can consider the money a donation to your OSA Treasury.

The purpose of our 6th Annual OSA Field Trip remains the same as the purpose of our first trip - an educational experience for members in a cohesive group where our experienced and newer growers intermingle THROUGHOUT THE DAY. OSA can justify, and will subsidize $50.00 of the total trip cost ($120.00) per member ONLY for those members who remain with the group throughout the day. The $50.00 rebate will be presented in cash by the Treasurer to each member after we have departed the bus in Santa Barbara and after we have assembled as a group to enter the Fair.

Please note that meals are NOT included in the trip cost. There will be food available at the Fair, but you might also want to bring a snack and something to drink from home. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your
own shopping bag and packing materials. Remember that the July temperatures in Santa Barbara can be HOT! 
Additional trip details will be available at our June 1st meeting, in our July newsletter, and at our July 6th meeting. 

by Wilella Stimmell, CSP Coordinator
On Friday, April 28 at 6:00 a.m., in a van rented by OSA so that all program team members could travel together to Yuma, Sarah Heberling, Julie Rathbun, Valerie Rekve, Lou Remeikis, and I embarked on our journey to Alice Byrne Elementary School. The van was fully loaded with: several crates of blooming display plants, four trays of large orchid seedlings (100 plants in 2 1/2" pots) for use in the school programs, culture information, two 5-gallon buckets of fir bark, assorted sacks filled with other supplies we use during our school programs, five overnight bags, several sacks of snacks to be consumed during the journey, three coolers filled with beverages, a fire extinguisher (you never know when you might have need for one!)and other road emergency items, and of course, our program team members. We decided that it was a blessing that one person who had signed up to be a member of our team, decided not to make the trip.  We would have had to strap her to the luggage rack on the roof of the van!
Upon our arrival in Yuma, we decided to check into the motel so we could remove our overnight bags from the van and place them in our room, eat lunch, and then drive to Alice Byrne School. It was a pleasant surprise that our plans were executed with clockwork precision! Tim Gilliland, the 6th grade teacher who arranged for our programs, and his students had eagerly been awaiting our arrival. That afternoon we presented two programs, both for 6th grade classes. On Saturday morning, we presented one program for 5th grade students and one for 4-H children who range in age from 6 to 16. Tim was anxious to see the response of the 5th grade students to our program because those children will be his students when school resumes in September. (He was VERY pleased that they seemed to enjoy working with the orchid seedlings and seemed to eagerly absorb the information we shared.) The students so enjoyed working with their seedlings and admiring our blooming display plants that they would like to start a Junior Orchid Group! If they follow through, they  would be trailblazers - perhaps the first such group anywhere.
We could shorten our programs by a few minutes if we cut the milk jugs for the children before the programs begin, but the hands-on portion of our program is part of the learning process. One of the 4-H children made the bottom cut on his milk jug, too far down so that any water added to the lava rocks in the bottom, would have leaked out. As soon as he made the cut, he knew that his greenhouse would not hold water. He also knew that he had only one jug. Observing that we had a sample milk-jug greenhouse available, he asked us if we would trade our sample for his jug. We thought that showed initiative on his part, so a trade was made.
Several members of the Yuma Garden Club were spectators during our program presentations. The ladies enjoyed our sessions and stated that they had learned about orchids from our programs. On Friday evening, they treated OSA program team members to dinner at a restaurant.  We enjoyed the food and "bonding" with members of the Western District of the Arizona Federation of Garden Clubs. After we left the restaurant, Val Colvin, Western District Director, served as unofficial tour guide of Yuma. The only semi-disappointed OSA member was Sarah because she did not see the Territorial Prison.On May 12, Shirley Engberg, Norma Kafer, Julie Rathbun, and I presented two programs for 3rd grade classes at Bellair Elementary School, 4701 W. Grovers, Glendale. The students assembled in the school laboratory, admired our blooming display plants, and most enjoyed working with the seedlings. A few of the boys were very reluctant to remove the sphagnum moss from around the roots of the seedlings, but to repot the seedlings into fir bark, the moss had to be touched. One of the boys, taking offense at the "smell" of fir bark, covered his nose with his hands. Program team members see an unusual trend toward squeamishness developing among male elementary students! However, this was the first time a student was so  fascinated by the pickled Ancistrochilus rothschildianus we take to each program, that after the program ended, HE carefully picked up the jar and studied its contents. Perhaps seeing the pickled plant will inspire the student to want to become a botanist? 
(A report on the programs presented for students at Joseph City Elementary School on May 19 will appear in our July newsletter.) 

CULTURE TIPS for Phal. Hilo Lip:  
If you took home from the May meeting, a P. Hilo Lip seedling, you might be interested to know that some growers have an excellent "kill" record with P. Hilo Lip plants. Bob Gordon's culture tips for this hybrid were printed in the August, 1996 issue, on page 3, of "The Arizona Orchidist". If you became a member of OSA after August, 1996, you would not have read Bob's tips.  
"...I've never had trouble with compots of Hilo Lip; it's only when they get bigger, say over 5 inches in leaf span.  Some Hilo Lips are aneuploids; I talked to Sheldon Takasaki this morning and he says a  lot of them are aneuploids, therefore, no flowers, no matter what you do.   Sheldon also said he treats them exactly like all the other phals with no special treatment and they all seem to bloom OK. What else would you expect him to say?
Now, let's take the growing scene he has at Carmela Orchids and see if there are any clues there. Their greenhouse is 300' above the ocean in North Hilo. In South Hilo, where the cross was made, their elevation is about 150'.  Tropical conditions with high humidity, warm nights and moderate cloud cover during most days...year round. These conditions closely approximate those found in the natural home of P. schilleriana, one of the parents and probably the controlling parent.  Helen Valmayor says in ORCHIDIANA    PHILLIPINIANA that schillerianas are a low elevation plant, tops of 250 meters where they are found naturally. 
Let's draw some conclusions: Hilo Lips like moderate light, 900-1000 footcandles for a long day, say 9 hours in the winter and 12-13 in the summer; they like a high, tight temperature range of 75 degrees minimum and 80 degrees max, and they like high humidity, say 65-75%. 
They're going to need a fairly heavy diet of fertilizer to cope with the high temps and light...say feed  one-quarter to one-half teaspoon per gallon. Because of the high temps and humidity, they will need regular applications of a copper fungicide; the Hawaiians use Kocide once a month, year round. Then repeat after me, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace...'

 If you received your new roster at the April meeting and picked up the first corrections/additions page, at the May meeting, be aware that there will another page with corrections/additions available at the June 1 meeting. Copies of the latest changes will be placed on the raffle ticket sales table. 

 Jay was also flexible regarding the hour we needed to return the van to his office on Saturday before another day's rental rate would apply.  He appreciated the fact that OSA is a non-profit group and that we had a community service mission to accomplish. Thanks, Jay, for helping us control costs!

Virtual Goodies
This month's website comes to us from              
Jane & Peter Heckel
The site:
Jim's Orchid Supplies 
The Orchid Photo Page
The Address:
Jim's:  A site with a sense of humor! Are Your Orchids Happy?       Find all your supplies here.  They even have a drawing for free, yes FREE, supplies!  Always a bonus.
Orchid Photo Page:  An easy to navigate site with lots of photos and other info.  The site was on the PBS orchid special.

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