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Sandpiper Orchid Society AUGUST 2009 Sandpiper Meetings Location

Galloway Branch of the Atlantic County Library system located at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road Galloway, NJ Phone 609-652-2352

Mounting Orchids Hands-On Workshop Learn to Mount your own Orchid

Map of Meeting Location

Bring your Orchid and Material to mount it on to the August 27th Meeting

Upcoming Meeting August 27th

Leave the meeting with your Orchid Mounted

7:30 PM

A FUN evening is planned for all

At our August meeting, Andy Fontaine will take us through different ways to creatively mount Orchids. This activity is going to be a ‘Hands-On Workshop’. Everyone who would like to participate please bring the orchid you would like to mount and whatever you want to mount it on. This could be just about anything, except driftwood. Wire and tying line will be provided. Let’s be creative and have FUN.

The Orchid Help Guys

Dr. Cary Stone

Bergie Ellingsen

Before the Meeting 7:15 PM

Various genera of Orchids displayed on different types of mounting materials

Ask the Orchid Help Guys before any Sandpiper Orchid Society meeting for advice on any culture problems you may be having with your orchids.

August ’09 Newsletter in a





SHOW TABLE & Orchid Shows Points thru July 2009 Benedict, B.


Bollenbach, G.


Bruno, P.


Cascioli, C.


Cascioli, P.


Class, B.


DelGuercio, M&S


Ellingsen, B.


Errickson, B.


Fontaine, A.


Kruckner, R.


Jankowski, L&R


McClellan, J&M


Michalenko, R.


Montgomery, A&B


Rosenberg, M&R


Schairer, C.


Trease, R.


Tusone, R.


How the Points are Earned Rosette Award ....…... 10 pts 1st Place ...................... 5 pts 2nd Place .................... 4 pts 3rd Place ..................... 3 pts Honorable Mention .. 1 pt Joe Myers Award - Awarded to the member that accumulates the highest point total for the year as determined from Society Displays and the monthly Show Table results. Lisa O’Neal Award - This award was established in 2006 upon the untimely death of then president Lisa O’Neal. Lisa was renowned for displaying her finest orchids on the monthly Show Table. The winner of this award is acknowledged as having grown the most outstanding orchid of the year which is chosen from those plants that received the 10 point Rosette Award.

Newsletter and Website Highlights At our last meeting Ron Ference gave a digital presentation on the many facets of Sandpiper’s monthly Newsletter and Website and he demonstrated the advantages the Newsletter’s “active links” provide between the two. The members were taken through the current, past and future articles found in each monthly Newsletter’s format. Ron, also demonstrated the new Magazine Format of Sandpiper’s Newsletter that is now available each month. Sandpiper’s website was digitally projected for all to see and examine and a discussion ensued about the Monthly Show Table page dating back over 5 years, the Monthly Newsletter Archive page, the Calender of Upcoming Events page, the Local Orchid Vendors and Neighboring Societies pages, and Sandpiper’s Activities & Photo Album page. Many people appeared amazed at what they had been missing.

New Jersey Pine Barren Orchids ….. by Chrissy Schairer, a charter member of the Sandpiper Orchid Society, who is well known as an expert on the native orchids of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

August is the perfect month to find Habenarias in the wild. Habenarias can range in color from white to yellow or green. The most common orchid, is the Habenaria blephariglottis, also known as the White Fringed Orchid and can be found along roadside ditches. Most of the Habenarias get their name from the fringe that forms on the


edge of the lip. This white form can be found along 5th Avenue and Moss Mill Road in Mullica, Great Creek Road Bog in Galloway and bogs in Wharton State Forest.

Blc. Williette Wong 'The Best'

rot and infectious bacteria/ fungus in the potting medium.

David’s Monthly Orchid Tips


Use Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to This is a descendant of work with rain, distilled, reverse the famous Blc.Toshie Aoki. osmosis water or water low in This plant has large wellalkalinity. Fertilize with Green shaped flowers colored in bright Jungle every time you water if yellow with a deep scarlet lip. plants are planted in bark. Be The flowers are fragrant sure to flush the mix with clear smelling of lemon or citrus. This water only once per month to plant flowers twice per year, prevent fertilizer salt build up. once near the summer solstice For plants in moss or mounted and then again in fall. on slabs feed every third or 4th watering as the moss holds a Light lot of nutrients. Medium light from 2500 to 5,000 foot candles being ideal. Flowering A south window is required in This plant produces large 6” the dead of winter for those in plus flowers in early summer the northern hemisphere. East and then again in the fall. The Windows are ideal during summer or out door culture with dappled sunlight being best.


David Off is a 3rd generation member of the highly respected WALDOR ORCHIDS family.

A Word on Fertilizer Always remember N-P-K. Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (or Potash). These three macro nutrients represent the three numbers, 20-20-20, 30-10-10, 7-9-5 etc, along with other micro nutrients, that are found in almost all of your fertilizers. Nitrogen encourages green growth, Phosphorous helps to boost flower size and number of blooms, and Potassium strengthens the plant's immune system and promotes strong roots. We are asked constantly about whether it is OK to use this or that brand, and the answer is, your orchids will be happy just to get some food. We recommend a balanced food for year round use. Balanced means that the three macro nutrients are fairly close to one another; for example 20-20-20. Certain orchids such as Vandas and evergreen Dendrobiums benefit from a Bloom fertilizer with a higher middle number like 3-12-6. Speaking of Bloom fertilizer, now is the time before cool nights come, to start boosting your phals with a higher Phosphorous fertilizer. Please follow the manufacturers instructions for recommended strength. Here is a great link to learn more about basic orchid fertilizing techniques:


This plant prefers intermediate to warm temps with winter lows being no colder than 60 degrees Fahrenheit and days being 70 to 75. Summer temps can be several flowers last about 4-6 weeks degrees warmer. and after being open a few Humidity days develop the scent of citrus This plant likes a relative or sweet lemon. humidity of 35 percent or Repotting higher. The use of humidity Repot after flowering in trays or room humidifiers is summer with a medium grade beneficial. bark mix utilizing either plastic Water or clay pots. Allow room to the Water as the mix just dries front of the plant for at least a out about once per week in year or twos worth of growth. winter and in the heat of This plant can be divided once summer you may find that there are at least 6 or more watering is needed twice per growths leaving at least 3 week especially if the plants are growths per division. Keep dry out of doors. Use rain, distilled after repotting for the first 10 or reverse osmosis for best days to allow any cracked roots results or well/municipal watert to heal and seal up before that has a PH of 8 or lower with applying water. This will prevent lower mineral content. root rot. Overwatering can cause ...thanks to the several problems such as root Orchid Web website.

SANDPIPER’S ANNUAL ORCHID AUCTION will be coming up at our October 22nd meeting. Now is a good time to begin setting aside those plants, divisions, or duplicate items that you would consider parting with and could donate to our Annual Orchid Auction.

Sandpiper Orchid Society Polo Shirt Request

To place an order for your Society Polo Shirt please contact: MaryAnn McClellan Contact Info: Phone: 609-365-2330 email: MEMBERS: Please wear your Society Polo Shirts to

the August 27th meeting for an updated group picture.


Calendar of Events September 2009


Mid-Atlantic Judging Center Philadelphia Horticultural Center Phila, Pa. website:


Sandpiper Orchid Society Meeting 7:30 PM Galloway Branch of the Atlantic County Library system Galloway, N.J.

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 6 7 13 14 20 21 27 28

1 2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 12 15 16 17 18 19 22 23 24 25 26 29 30

Sept 7

Labor Day


The Benefits Of Membership Whether a beginner or an expert orchid grower, you will find membership in the American Orchid Society a truly rewarding experience. You’ll join 18,000 others worldwide who share a passion for orchids, as well as furthering conservation and research efforts for these wondrous plants. And you’ll enjoy a wealth of membership benefits. ...membership to the American Orchid Society

American Orchid Society Sandpiper Orchid Society Officers President Vice Pres. Secretary Treasurer AOS Rep. Past Pres.

Committee Chairs

Ron Ference Andy Fontaine Alice Montgomery Henry Zona Walter Off John McClellan

Membership Program Dir. Publicity Newsletter Show Table Hospitality Website Show Exhibits Historian Photography Refreshments Raffle Auction DVOC Rep.

Trustees at Large Trustee 2009 Trustee 2010 Trustee 2011 Trustee 2012

George Bollenbach Bergie Ellingson Dr. Cary Stone Pam Cascioli

George Bollenbach Andy Fontaine Gail Zona Ron Ference Cary Stone Alice Montgomery Ron Ference Andy Fontaine Chrissy Schairer Ron Ference Pam Cascioli Bruce Montgomery Ron Ference Bruce Montgomery

The Sandpiper OS is an Affiliated Member of the American Orchid Society


Sandpiper Orchid Society MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Membership Benefits Monthly Meetings Member’s Orchid Greenhouse Tours A Monthly Newsletter is sent to all Members Orchid Raffles Experienced Orchid Growers to Answer your Questions Snacks, Beverages, Desserts Educational Orchid Workshops An Annual Membership Picnic Guest Speakers Participation in Annual Orchid Shows Slide or Digital Presentations An Annual Membership Awards Banquet Member’s Orchids displayed at Meetings An Annual Orchid Auction

Renewing Member(s) _______

Year Joined Sandpiper OS _______

New Member(s) _______

Name(s) _________________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________ State _________ Zip __________________ Phone (Home) ____________________________ Phone (Cell) _____________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________________________ Please Indicate: Individual ____ Family ____ (2 People residing at the same Mailing Address) $25 Yearly Dues running from January thru December Web Users Please Print Out this Form

Please bring this completed Membership Form and your check made out to: ʻSandpiper Orchid Societyʼ to your next Society meeting. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Galloway Branch of the Atlantic County Library system located at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ. Map of Meeting Location or Mail this form and check to:

MEMBERSHIP 239 E. Upland Avenue Galloway, NJ 08205




July 2009

Show Table 1st Place Winners SHOW TABLE DETAILS

Paph. philippinense Grown by A&B Montgomery

Pot. Haw Yuan Gold 'YK2' Grown by J&M McClellan

Phal. I-Hsin Amy Grown by L&R Jankowski

Bolopetalum Midnight Blue ‘Cardinals Roost’ Grown by B. Ellingsen Diacattleya Chantilly Lace ‘Hildos’ Grown by A. Fontaine

Paph. moquettianum Hsinying x vietnamense Grown by R. Michalenko


Blc. Rustic Spots Grown by P. Cascioli

Phrag. Nitidissimum Grown by B. Ellingsen Ascocentrum ampullaceum var. album Grown by L&R Jankowski

Phal. Long Pride Isabal ‘M-P0315’ Grown by A. Fontaine

Den. Jacquelan Grown by J&M McClellan

Enc. cochleata ‘Spy Hill’ Grown by J&M McClellan

Enc. alata Grown by A. Fontaine

Onc. Sharry Baby ‘Sweet Fragrance’ Grown by B. Ellingsen



Orchids September Preview

Waldor Orchids The largest supplier of orchid plants and supplies in the Delaware Valley. 10 E. Poplar Ave. Linwood, N.J. 08221-2526 Phone: 609-927-4126 Fax: 609-926-0615 Fridays and Saturdays 9AM - 5:30 PM

Cypripedium reginae is among the lady's-slipper orchids suitable for growing in the home garden. Photo: Joe Dietz Cypripediums for the Landscape How to Grow Schoenorchis juncifolium Phragmipedium caudatum and its Hybrids The Benefits of Dividing Orchids


...thanks to the American Orchid Society

Sandpiper Orchid Society Secretary 23 Alexander Dr. Hammonton, NJ 08037

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