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March 4, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Eric Lee will present a new way of growing the common Phalaenopsis, or “moth” orchid, at our next meeting on March 4. The medium he will discuss is sphagnum moss. He will discuss light levels for growing these orchids, their fertilization, and so on. Almost all Phalaenopsis orchids, when purchased today, use a bark-charcoal-perlite medium, or some similar mix. Taiwan is a hotbed for the breeding and propagation of Phalaenopsis, and increasingly the medium of choice for growers there is sphagnum. It behoves us to understand new trends in orchid care, so perhaps for those of us who have difficulty with the “simple to grow” Phalaenopsis, salvation is at hand.
- Eric and Ellen Lee own a large nursery in the GTA, Crystal Star Orchids (http://www.crystalstarorchids.com/). They grow approximately 60,000 individual orchids, of many kinds, in a facility of 10,000 square feet (900 square metres). At the society’s monthly meetings you will find Eric and Ellen with some of those orchids for sale.
- Do come and enjoy what Eric has learned and will pass on. Part of his presentation will be a demonstration of (re)potting Phalaenopsis orchids using sphagnum. There are good ways to do it, and not so good ways. To see is to understand; to understand is to be a better grower.