Graham Wood of Lehua Orchids will be giving a presentation on Paphiopedilums and Masdevallias at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club monthly meeting on November 13.
Lehua Orchids is located on the slopes of Mauna Loa, half way between Hilo and Volcano in a community called Mountain View. This location enjoys the benefits of almost daily trade winds, and nightly from the cooling effects of our “mauka” winds (winds coming down from the top of the mountain).
At the October meeting, it was decided that we should not replenish or add plants in the orchid grotto until we see how much the current ones grow.
Concerns were expressed as to whether the plants in the award-winning orchid grotto were getting enough water. The irrigation system can be adjusted, but too much water could lead to weeds. The plants were last fertilized in May with 9-ounce Osmocote, so they may need to be fertilized again in mid-January.
At the October meeting, there was further discussion as to whether there should be a constitutional amendment to raise the dollar amount donated to a family when a KDOC member dies. It was $25.
A motion was made and seconded to donate $50 to the American Orchid Society in the member’s name rather than giving the money directly to the family. The vote was 31 for and 2 opposed.