2019 SACRAMENTO ORCHID SHOW

APRIL 13-14, 2019
RAIN OR SHINE
SCOTTISH RITE CENTER, 6151 H ST., SACRAMENTO, C
A. 95819

Admission: $10 (kids under 16 years free with paying adult)

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About the Sacramento Orchid Society

The Sacramento Orchid Society was founded in 1947 as an educational organization dedicated to providing information on the cultivation of orchids to the greater Sacramento community.

Members and non-members are welcome at our FREE Monthly Meetings that feature expert speakers from around the world, opportunities for members to sell plants to one another, a raffle of plants, and a delightful measure of fellowship and good times.

The Society's very active membership grows an almost unimaginable number of orchid species and hybrids on windowsills, patios, in yards, under lights, and in greenhouses.

 
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Orchid of the Month for February, 2019

Phalaenopsis bellina

By Daniel Pfarr


The amount of cultural information you will get on growing Phalaenopsis could be enough to put anyone off of growing them because the contradictions to good orchid culture logic. You shouldn’t cut the spikes. Use 3 teaspoons when watering. Just apply an ice cube when you remember to. All of that is counterintuitive and frustrates me enough that I wouldn’t want to talk to people about how I grow a Phalaenopsis, lest they start asking about whether or not they should use crushed or cubed.

This species is worth me putting in effort though. Phal bellina is one of the best species in the genus to grow if you’re wondering which was. Despite an anosmic person telling you this, the fragrance is amazing. It is like a cotton candy perfume. The colors of it are electric. The high contrast neon pink over the yellow green is gorgeous to me. If you’re not into that normal phenotype, there are other color forms too. There are albas and coruleas available. These color forms are not as well bred as the line bred tetraploids that have been awarded in the last decade.

My clone of ‘Crystelle’ FCC/AOS compared to a corulea I got from Taiwan

My clone of ‘Crystelle’ FCC/AOS compared to a corulea I got from Taiwan

You can see in the picture of size and color comparison that one is grown mounted. I prefer this method for this species. A mounted Phal can more effectively drain the crown. For expensive awarded clones, the last thing I want is crown rot. I imagine most every orchid grower has had a plant with crown rot. It’s not a phenomenon limited to novice growers. This species likes it warm and doesn’t really want to be dry. If you can’t provide the warmth, don’t let it get wet and cool. They are a bit more susceptible to cold than Phalaenopsis japonica (which has grown outside all of 2018/2019 winter).

This species also needs a decent amount of light. I grow mine in Cattleya light levels. Phals usually get marketed as a beginner plant because they do well in poorly lit homes. Not the case with this one. This is one that you should not cut the spike off of if it is still green. Unlike a standard Phal found in garden centers, the species and it allies from the section Zebrinae (as well as section Ambioensis and Polychilos) bloom at the terminal end of their spike. They will rebloom year after year at the end of the same spike without a gangly mess of a standard Phal let rebloom from old spikes. Neat and tidy. Speaking of neat and tidy, look at these leaves. That is almost reason enough, perfectly round and shiny.

My clone of bellina ‘Montclair’ AM/AOS

My clone of bellina ‘Montclair’ AM/AOS



zygopetalumm Blue Banks

zygopetalumm Blue Banks

Slc Katherine Clarkson

Slc Katherine Clarkson

Paphiopedilum Robinianum

Paphiopedilum Robinianum

Cymbidium Christmas Beauty

Cymbidium Christmas Beauty

Laelia anceps

Laelia anceps

Stelis species

Stelis species

Cattleya Irene Finney

Cattleya Irene Finney

Prosthechea cochleata

Prosthechea cochleata

Gastrochilus japonicus

Gastrochilus japonicus

Pleurothallis cardiothallis Charlotte

Pleurothallis cardiothallis Charlotte

Oncidium forbesii

Oncidium forbesii

Coelogne Unchained Melody

Coelogne Unchained Melody

Oncidium longipes

Oncidium longipes

Epipactus gigantea

June 2016

Autumn Sun x Golden Rule

Autumn Sun x Golden Rule

Ornithocephalus inflexus

Ornithocephalus inflexus

Cypripedium formosanum

Cypripedium formosanum

cornu-cervi

cornu-cervi

Dendrochilum wendzelli

Dendrochilum wendzelli

November 2017

Kauai's Choice

Kauai's Choice