CAIOS Potting Workshop provides members the opportunity to learn how to care for your plants with proper repotting techniques. More experienced members will help other members learn the techniques necessary to repot your plants correctly and safely. Each member can pot and have potted a reasonable number of plants. You may also bring your stuff, even special pots to use. Take the opportunity now to check your plants and see what supplies you will need.
Expect to get your hands dirty and dress warmly as needed for this outdoor (under the tent) affair. Bring boxes to carry your plants home in; crumpled newspaper in box will reduce tip over and careful labeling will prevent LOstLAbelsS (LOLAS) and lost value.
Spring is one of the best and safest times of the year to repot your orchids. Orchid growth can be explosive at this time of year. Orchids that receive ample food and water, and the proper temperatures and light, can quickly fill a pot with roots. The more roots, the better a plant can utilize the nutrients it receives. This rapid growth also insures that newly potted orchids will quickly establish themselves in the fresh medium. All of this adds up to a strong, healthy plant capable of producing abundant blooms. While there are exceptions, for most orchids it is a safe bet to repot in the spring. It is a good idea to confirm that your orchids are indeed beginning their growth cycle.
Please note: The May meeting has been cancelled.
American Orchid Society Judging
American Orchid Society provides judging to New England, New York and Northern New Jersey.
The Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society sponsors 2 monthly judging events at the following venues:
1) First Saturday of the month - Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA
2) Third Saturday of the month - Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, Stamford, CT
On these days, each site holds educational forums and discussions in the morning beginning at 10:30 on a wide range of topics related to orchid judging. Plants being submitted for judging should arrive no later than noon that day; actual judging of plants begins after a lunch break, generally no later than 1 PM.
In addition to our monthly judging, we participate in a number of orchid shows throughout the center, providing AOS judging as well has taking part in ribbon and trophy judging at the show.
Finally, we have many knowledgeable and helpful individuals in the center who can speak on a wide variety of topics related to orchids and judging. We encourage all of the orchid societies in our region to utilize this resource.
American Orchid Society:They now have periodic webinars available that are very informative. You will find specific information on their website. www.aos.org
Example of webinar topice free to all:
Recorded Webinars Free to Everyone:
Introduction: Orchids and Their Culture - Greg Allikas
Greenhouse Chat - Ron McHatton
It's All About the Roots - John Salventi
Visting a Rainbow: A Slice of Life from the Reed-Stemmed Epidendrums Cheryl Erins
Pests and Diseases part 2 - Orchid Diseases - Ron McHatton
Registration required at www.aos.org. Some but not all webinars will require membership.
CAIOS Membership New Membership Year Begins January 2015
Individual Membership $20 per year. Each Additional Family Member $10 each per year.