Don’t forget to wear your name tags!

Here is our Logo.  When you become a member you get a name tag featuring this logo.  When you come to the meetings and wear your name tag you can get a raffle ticket which entitles you to participate in the Plant Opportunity Table.

If you are lucky, and your number is called you may come home with a beautiful plant,  just for wearing your name tag.

By pamaitchison Posted in Meetings

Installation of Officers will be at the July Meeting

Please join us for the Installation of our Officers and Directors for the upcoming year on Wednesday, July 3rd at our regular meeting immediately following our Guest Speaker, Winn Winmaw’s presentation.

We will be serving Cake and Ice Cream too.

This will take the place of the Installation Banquet normally held in August.  Remember, for just this year, there will be no meeting in August.

Our normal meeting schedule will resume the first Wednesday in September.

We hope to see you all at the July meeting.

Our Featured Speaker for July 2013 Winn Winmaw

We are thrilled to announce that Winn Winmaw has agreed to return for an encore performance at our July meeting. We all enjoyed his PowerPoint presentation last time, and we are very lucky to get him to return so soon. His specialty is Vandaceous Orchids, as you may recall, but this time he will be surprising us with a new program he has created.
Winn was born in the Shan State of eastern Burma, where Cymbidium lowianum, Vanda coerulea and Paphiliopedilum charlesworthii are found abundantly in the wild. The first orchid that Winn collected from the forest floor was a dendrobium species when he was 7 years old. With this introduction to orchids, he began taking care of his family’s
extensive orchid collection. As an undergraduate, Winn studied physics at the University of Rangoon, where he
was also an active member of the Department of Botany’s Orchid Society. In 1988, Winn moved to the United
States and settled in Orange County.

Today he has a large orchid collection with many vandaceous species and varieties that he grows in a shade house and a greenhouse. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Newport Harbor Orchid Society. In recent years, he has made several trips back to Burma to explore and study orchids growing in nature.

AOS Monthly Checklist for July and August

Here are some helpful hints to care for your orchids in the hot summer months, courtesy of the AOS.


Cattleyas this month require careful attention to their watering and fertilizing needs owing to characteristically high temperatures. Evaporative cooling is a must in areas of the country where it is effective. Where it is not (the more humid regions), care needs to be paid to proper venting to keep temperatures within reason. Bottom vents in conjunction with top vents provide enough rising air-flow to help keep plants cool. Increased air flow lessens humidity and dries plants out more quickly, necessitating more frequent damping down and watering, in areas where high humidity is not a problem. Higher light and heat indicate more fertilizer. The growths your plants are making now are the source of this autumn, winter and spring’s blooms, so applying adequate fertilizer this month is the best way to ensure future blooms. Higher temperatures and humidity may also lead to fungal or bacterial rot problems, so it is important to closely observe your plants for any early indication of problems. Pests are also at a high point this month for the same reason


Cooling and air circulation are especially critical in these two months to prevent stress and avoid dis-ease problems. Watering needs to be closely monitored to ensure that plants do not dry out. Warmer-growing hybrids will be at the peak of their blooming, with attention needing to be paid to staking of spikes. Look for water lodging in growths, which can rot emerging spikes and lead to the loss of the entire growth.


Most, if not all, potting should be complete by now. This month and next are when these plants achieve their maximum growth. This growth will be that from which they set their spikes for the coming season. The more leaves the plants grow, the better potential for spiking will be realized. Growers in cooler areas such as the Pacific coast have the advantage this month, should they choose, of cooling for early season spikes. Lots of heat and light call for liberal applications of water and fertilizer.


Summer can be the most rewarding season for cymbidiums. Growths should be coming strong now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Early flowering varieties should be showing flower spikes, so move the plants into a cooler area with lower light. For mid-season varieties, lower the dosage of nitrogen to assist in spike initiation.
High-elevation Plants
For cooler-growing plants, such as masdevallias, other pleurothallids and the like, the next few months will be a challenge. During the hottest times, keep your plants more shaded and be sure to keep the humidity level much higher. Do not let plants dry out. Delay any potting until the weather cools.

Oncidium intergenerics :

Many of the intergeneric crosses between odontoglossums and oncidiums, such as Odontocidium, Wilsonara and Colmanara, will be blooming now. Take special care to train the spikes for best floral display. Keep plants under fairly shady conditions. Watch for snails and slugs.


Plants will be growing quickly now and really enjoying the hot humid days so similar to their native habitat. Watch for pests though, as many of these also enjoy the same con-ditions as the plants. Check flower spikes so that they can extend unimpeded for the best flower presentation later

The AOS thanks Ned Nash and James Rose for this essay

Election of New Officers & Directors


There is a well known saying: “Many hands make light work”.

Please volunteer to help your society. Everyone can help in some small way. Some of the jobs can be done at home.  Some take you out on fun excursions collecting plants for the auction, writing articles for the Newsletter, contacting speakers, etc.  You will be shown how to do each activity and provided with the required materials.

The Board meetings are held from 7 to 9 pm on the last Wednesday of each month at Marcia Melcombe’s home in Northridge.  (This is exactly one week before our regular monthly meetings at the Sepulveda Garden Center)  At these meetings we plan all the upcoming activities for our society

Please step up and help your society. It is fun and rewarding. Volunteer to be an officer or on the Board of Directors.  You know you want to.

Learn about Orchids

EDUCATION PROGRAMS:  Each month we have an informative program presented by a guest speaker on some facet of the Orchid world.  Our speakers are Orchid Experts that give us valuable tips and tricks.  It’s always interesting and informative.

Some of our past guest speakers have included experts such as:

Doug Overstreet

Ned Daniger

George Vasquez

CULTURE SESSIONS: Culture sessions often precede the monthly meetings, offering an opportunity for hands on instruction on the practical aspects of orchid culture.

MEMBER’S PLANT FORUM: Our members are encouraged to exhibit their blooming plants.  Outstanding plants are selected for ribbon awards. Each member who brings plants will receive one ticket for the P.O.T. Raffle.   A complete set of rules for ribbon judging is available at the meetings.

P.O.T. (Plant Opportunity Table): Plants are generally provided by our guest speakers and by our membership.  This is truly a great opportunity to increase your orchid collection at little cost and an opportunity to support the Society.  One ticket is given to each member who wears their name badge for the first drawing and one ticket is given to each member who brings plants to display at the Member’s Plant Forum for the second drawing.  Proceeds from the P.O.T. help defray our costs for speakers and programs.


During the year the Society Members participate in a numbers of other activities such as Orchid Shows, Greenhouse tours, picnics, etc.


(818) 406-5734 (Ask for Pam)