Leonard Gines of Gines Orchids in Keaau will present a program on dendrobium culture at the monthly KDOC meeting on April 9 in Honalo.
Gines Orchids is a small nursery specializing in the production of different genera from novelty hybrids to miscellaneous botanicals.
In addition to getting a thorough cleaning this past month, the grotto also gained a new full-time resident.
Nearly a dozen KDOC members assembled between the buildings of the Daifukuji Soto Mission on March 29, as group two was scheduled for grotto maintenance. Rev. Jiko was there to greet the group, and a nomadic Buddha finally found a permanent home, resting peacefully amongst the orchids in the grotto.
“The orchid garden is beautiful and healthy because of the love and care it regularly receives from KDOC members,” said Rev. Jiko. “The new Buddha statue exudes an aura of tranquility. I also send a BIG mahalo to your group of volunteers.”
Jurahame Leyva was on hand to discuss his novel approach to growing Lady Slippers at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on March 12. Leyva brought a number of beautiful paphiopedilum orchids, commonly referred to as ‘paphs’, and pulled apart a few of them for demonstration.
“One of the first things you’ll notice is that paphiopedilums have no pseudobulbs, so why would it grow like an orchid with one?” Leyva said.
“Roots are most important. People spend too much time focusing on what’s above the top of the pot, but the key to paphs is healthy roots. Tip is most important part of root. Biggest problem is that the tip dries out.”
By Kavita Daswani
Courtesy the Los Angeles Times
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