Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AOS Corner November 2014

The November 2014 AOS Corner- From the desk of Laura Newton, Membership and Affiliated Society Chair The AOS Fall Members’ Meeting was a great success, kudos to Julio and Eileen Hector for their dedication to details in ensuring that all bases were covered, and to Ed Gilliland and the Central Florida Orchid Society for stepping in to host at the drop of a hat! Thank you to all who attended, it was great to meet lots of new Orchid friends and get a little time to catch-up with some old friends too! The Stanhopea supplement to Orchids arrived with the November issue, along with the 2015 Orchid Source. If you are not already a member of AOS, join today so that you do not miss out on this great annual addition to our magazine. I can’t wait to read it! The November edition of Orchids Magazine is jam-packed with interesting and informative articles. For the beginning growers Sue Bottom’s article explains why plants need a temperature drop, so if you’ve ever wondered why that Orchid on your dining table hasn’t re-bloomed for you, this article will outline what it takes to get it back on track. In conjunction with last month’s webinar on Catasetums, Fred Clarke has followed up with a great article on “Magnificent Mini-Catasetums” this article explores Catasetum denticulatum and its hybrids. I was fascinated with Sergey Skoropad’s article on “Growing Fine Orchids without a Greenhouse” Sergey has had great success growing, blooming and showing his plants. He shares his secrets to growing his highly awarded plants indoors and out, as a hobbyist grower. For those of you that like things a little off the beaten path, see Leon Glicenstein’s continuing collection of articles on “Jewel and Painted-Leaf Orchids XXII”. These jewel orchids are grown specifically for their foliage and are the only Orchids that can be judged without flowers. This month’s webinar is on November 30th at 8:30p.m. EST with Nile Dusdieker. M.D. presenting “Spiders, Gnats and Greenhoods”. Nile is an accredited judge with the Chicago Judging center and lives in Iowa. This webinar is open to everyone, so you do not have to be a member to attend. Please sign up on our website (Webinars tab: http://www/ Also check out the recorded versions of past webinars. It’s great being able to listen to the talks in the comfort of your own home! The Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco, California is the premier Orchid show on the west coast. There are many fabulous vendors attending from all over the world. The San Francisco Orchid Club is offering a discount to all AOS members. Check out their website for complete details The AOS is now accepting requests for project funding for research and/or conservation projects. Applications for consideration in the spring must be received before January 1, check out the website for complete details. While addressing the Affiliated Society Reps at the Members’ Meeting, I was asked about my homeopathic approach to controlling pests and diseases. I have three young grandchildren and have made the decision not to spray chemicals on my plants, due to their propensity to put everything in their mouths! Here are the 5 key things that I use, that work for me. For scale and mealy-bug- I use a mix of 409/alcohol/water in equal parts. I spray them daily until they are gone (be careful using this mix around Paphiopedilums, as it will cause the buds to blast and the flowers to collapse) For crawling insects (like roaches and palmetto bugs here in Florida)- I use a squirt of Dr. Bonner’s Organic Peppermint soap in a squirt bottle full of water (I also use this inside my house for any offenders that happen to sneak in) For any wet or soft spots on leaves- I use brown Listerine (you can use any of the store brands, just make sure that it is brown/amber colored) For black rot or crown rot- I use hydrogen peroxide (let is fizz and then pour it off) Lastly, for all cuts or exposed tissue- I use ground cinnamon to keep them from getting infected. Let’s grow together, Laura Newton

AOS Corner October 2014

The October 2014 AOS Corner- From the desk of Laura Newton, Membership and Affiliated Society Chair Our Fall Members’ Meeting is just around the corner. We hope that you will make the trip to Florida and join us for a jam-packed schedule of speakers and our fantastic “Orchid Spooktacular” show and sale. Check it all out and register on the home page at ! This month’s webinar is on October 22nd at 8:30p.m. EDT with Fred Clarke presenting “Growing Catasetums”. Fred is the owner of Sunset Valley Orchids a "boutique" style nursery dedicated to providing excellent customer service and breeding superior orchid hybrids for the orchid enthusiast. This is a member’s only webinar. Join now so that you can participate in this webinar, and also view all of the previous ones that are available online. Are you on Facebook? If so, please check out the “American Orchid Society” page. We are always happy to see new faces. We have some of the most knowledgeable members available anywhere answering all of your Orchids related questions. Post your photos- we love seeing everyone’s beautiful blooming flowers! AOS Orchids Magazine has announced that the annual supplement for this year will be on Stanhopea by Rudolph Jenny. This is one of my favorite genera. The flowers are quite unique and have a very elaborate lip that is designed to accommodate a very specific bee for pollination. If you are not already a member, now is the time to join, so that you will receive your free supplement with the December issue. It is just one of the many perks of membership in the American Orchid Society. There are so many great articles in this month’s Orchids Magazine, that it is hard to pick just one to recommend… Sue Bottom’s article on “Repotting Bifoliate Cattleyas” is a must read if you grow them. I have never tried this particular method before, but it looks like it is just what these sometimes hard-to-grow plants require. I also enjoyed learning about “Building an Orchid Tower” from Daniel Heyer, his step-by-step guide looks like something that is easy enough for everyone to do, and who doesn’t need another place to store orchids? Lastly, Peter B. Adams’ article on the “Australian Miniature Species of Dendrobium Section Lichenastrum” gives you a thorough look into these tiny succulent terrete-leaved species. There is always enough room for one more orchid in your collection…Especially if they are miniatures! Let’s grow together, Laura Newton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AOS Corner, August 2014

Things are sizzling this month!
 I encourage all of you to plan to attend the AOS Fall Members’ Meeting October 29th through November 2nd in conjunction with the 16th International Slipper Symposium, along with special Meetings and Events for the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, the Pleurothallid Alliance, and the Slipper Orchid Alliance. Check out the extraordinary list of speakers and topics!
  •  Manolo Arias- “Solving the Mysteries of Phragmipedium kovachii Culture”
  • Chen-Chung Chen- “Multifloral Paphiopedilums in Taiwan”
  • John Doherty- “A Beautiful Mess: Growing and Flowering 2,263 inches of Petals”
  • Robert Fuchs- “Vandaceous Intergeneric Hybrids: Where We Stand Today”
  • Peter Lin- “Novelty Phalanopsis Hybridizing”
  • Rick Lockwood- “What Do Orchids Eat?”
  • Gary Meyer, PhD- “Dracula Culture and Taxonomy”
  • David Off- “Cattleya Collecting in the 21st Century”

Not only is it a great function for learning, it is also an excellent time to visit with old friends and to meet new Orchid Friends! So, come join us in Florida. Check out both our website (under the Fall Meeting tab on the home page) and for full details.

The webinars are a great way to learn about Orchids from the comfort of your home. On August 21st at 8:30pm EDT, Lois Cinert will host “Phragmipedium Species and Hybrids.
**This one is for Members only, so if you aren’t a member yet, now’s the time to join and with the new digital membership of only $40, it’s a steal!
If you cannot join us on this date, keep in mind that all of the webinars are recorded and can be found on the website for listening whenever it’s convenient for you.

I always learn something new in every issue of Orchids Magazine. This month’s issue has an interesting letter written to our resident expert Thomas Mirenda, on how to keep up humidity in your growing area. Meena Divakaran has a couple of great ideas, she places carpet padding on her benches and also hangs burlap with a soaker hose, which sound like great ideas to me.

I personally don’t own any Miltoniopsis, but David Rosenfeld’s article and the beautiful photos, also found in this month’s magazine, have convinced me that I should give them a try. He covers everything from the history to the culture, so check it out!

In keeping with the “Hot” theme this month…Did you know that we have a monthly checklist on the website (Just look under the All About Orchids heading tab)? It provides great information for the major genera, with info on how to deal with the dog days of summer.

And finally…Have you ever thought about hosting an AOS Members’ Meeting? There are two a year (Spring and Fall) and we are always looking for new and exciting cities to visit!
We already have sponsors for both of the 2015 meetings, but it takes some planning, so if you are interested, now is the time to get the ball rolling.

Growing our membership, one Orchid lover at a time,
Laura Newton

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Virginia Beach Auction

Dear fellow Orchid collectable enthusiasts,

Sometimes an item we have collected yesterday is less precious today, or perhaps we just need to weed our collections.

Please put those items to good use! The AOS Members Meeting, held October 17-22, 2010 at Virginia Beach, VA. includes an Auction to benefit the American Orchid Society operating fund. Clean out the excess, less to dust and help the AOS.

Any items…art, jewelry, dishes ,etc. are needed.

Please just contact Mary Beth Clarke and I’ll arrange to get them from you. Thank you for caring!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


The Pension Relief Act of 2006 made two important changes affecting tax-exempt organizations, effective the beginning of 2007. First, it mandates that virtually all tax-exempt organizations, other than churches and church-related organizations must file an annual return or submit an electronic notice with the IRS. This is a significant change to prior law where many small not-for-profits, including most local orchid societies, were exempt from filing requirements. Second, the law also requires that any tax-exempt organization that fails to file for three consecutive years automatically loses its federal tax-exempt status.

Even after an extensive outreach effort on the part of the IRS many small not-for-profits are on the verge of losing their tax exemption for failure to comply with reporting requirements. Don’t let your organization be one of them. The deadline to comply is October 15, 2010. You can find important information on one-time filing relief for small tax exempt organizations that failed to file for three consecutive years at,,id=225702,00.html
If you are unsure whether an organization to which you belong is at risk, the IRS maintains a list of those non-compliant organizations, arranged by State, at,,id=225889,00.html

There isn’t much time left.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Innovative Societies Report

In Fall 2009, the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania and the American Orchid Society, through its Affiliated Societies, decided to
ask you to share some of the most innovative, fun-filled and challenging things that local affiliates were doing across the nation. Read this report to learn how you can supercharge your local orchid society to add value and fun activities for your members.

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