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Phoenicia’s Garden Tour

A big Thank You goes out to Phoenicia and Bob for allowing the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club to tour their lovely garden on Januray 24. They were the perfect host & hostess, including a lovely lanai setting along with several desserts and even Whipped Cream!

The orchid green house was a dream to wander through and many of us chose some delightful plants to take home. The succulent green house had beautiful specimens, healthy and begging to be taken home. The guests numbered close to twenty and everyone brought goodies to share around the lanai decorated with gorgeous hanging hoya and other wonderful baskets.
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Quantum Orchids

Joyce Hancock will give a presentation about using probiotics on your orchid plants at the next Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meeting on February 11.

In the wild, orchids grow in an environment flush with beneficial microbes and nutrients, such as on the decaying bark of a tree in a rain forest. When grown indoors, orchids lose access to the interactions with these vital “helpers and nutrients”.
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Caring, feeding and dividing cymbidiums

Bob Harris of OrchidPeople in Waimea will be speaking about cymbidiums at this month’s KDOC meeting on October 8 in Honalo.

In particular, Bob will be talking about cymbidium care, feeding and division. The third item there is critical, because we all know if you care for a cymbidium and feed it, then sooner or later you are going to need to divide it.
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Centennial Lily

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club donated a water feature to the Daifukuji Soto Mission as a gift for its 100-year celebration.

On Tuesday, September 30, Joyce, her husband Ron, June, Betty and Hunter met at the temple. Hunter brought the beautiful golden yellow ceramic pot that Rev. Jiko had selected.After setting up the pot, the group planted Vanda Miss Joaquin around the mission grounds and in the orchid grotto with orchids donated by the Orchid Isle Project.
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The Orchid Isle Project

The Hilo Orchid Society has launched a project to help the island of Hawaii more fully live up to its nickname, the Orchid Isle. This nickname was given to the island after World War II, when whole fields were devoted to growing Vandas, and millions of blooms were exported.

Today, although orchid growing is still an important industry, and orchids grow easily outdoors in our perfect climate, the sense that orchids make this island a special place has faded.
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The Silence of the Coqui

Although coqui frogs have perfect attendance over the past several years at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meetings, they are still not welcome guests on the west side of the Big Island.

From orchid growers to coffee farmers, all residents would like their quiet nights back. Vickie Kibler discussed this rapidly spreading epidemic at the August 13 KDOC meeting.
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Orchid lei featured on July GQ cover

Oh my, look at those orchids! This summer I was walking by a magazine stand, and couldn’t help but notice that a orchid lei was featured on the July cover of GQ Magazine.

Impossible to miss those white dendrobiums. I eventually noticed model/actress Emily Ratajkowski in the background, who got all oiled up and posed with the orchid lei on a black sand beach somewhere around here on the Kona Coast of Hawaii. Probably good publicity for orchids and for Hawaii.
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Project: Orchid

As you probably know, the Big Island has had another long-time nickname, “The Orchid Isle”. We in the Hilo Orchid Society have begun working on a renewed effort to place orchids all around the island in as many public places and outdoors in nature as possible. We have named this effort “The Orchid Isle Project”. The Hawaii County Council along with Mayor Billy Kenoi has proclaimed 2014 as the Year of the Hawaii Island Orchid. This project is designed to improve quality of life among our island residents, support our 70+ commercial orchid growers, and attract visitors to come here and see orchids growing outdoors in nature.
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Arranging Orchids

Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing. And this month the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club will get hands-on demonstrations on different ways to display all those orchids. After all, you’ve got to do something with them. Some of us have orchid collections rapidly expanding on your lanai and in your backyard (perhaps spreading more rapily than coquis).

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Happy 32nd Anniversary KDOC

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club wasn’t born yesterday. This was the 32nd anniversary, after all.

Those who wondered over near the membership table during this year’s show may have spotted the old (well, I shouldn’t say old) photo album with pictures of the KDOC’s first show and sale in 1983.
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