Category Archives: Agenda

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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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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Battling the Coqui Epidemic

Coqui frogs are rapidly spreading on the Orchid Isle. And in addition to creating extra background noise at monthly Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meetings, these pests present a problem to orchid growers as well.

To help shed some light on the subject, Vickie Kibler will be giving a presentation on coqui control at the next KDOC meeting on August 13.
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A Humble Orchid Musical Project

The Humble Project will present a special musical program at the monthly Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meeting on June 11 at 7 p.m. in Honalo.

All KDOC members are asked to bring refreshments to the meeting, and of course as many blooming orchids as possible so we can really show off at show and tell.
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Going Green with Hybrids

Gerrit Takasaki, the owner of Hawaii Hybrids in Hilo, will be the guest speaker at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club monthly meeting on May 14 in Honalo.

With tens of thousands of species, orchids are the most prolific family of plants on Earth, and yet we humans have still found plenty of room for improvement. Maybe it’s because orchids are so easy to cross, or maybe it’s because breeding is at once both highly creative and demanding (like any fine art), but orchid breeders have introduced literally hundreds of thousands of named hybrids.
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Dendrobium Culture Tips

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.
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Orchid Prodigy to Speak at Next Meeting

Jurahame Leyva, who specialized in Lady Slippers, will discuss his novel approach to growing at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on March 12 in Honalo.

Leyva grew up in Volcano and Kurtistown and graduated from Keaau High School in 2011. He is studying both tropical horticulture and astronomy at the University of Hilo and plans to graduate in 2015. The recipient of a scholarship from the Hilo Orchid society, Leyva has grown orchids for many years and has been involved in the society for 10 years.
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Romancing the Orchid

Orchids are stunning, delicate, and highly sensual.

Even more than the mighty rose, sending orchids for Valentine’s Day sends an unmistakable message of romantic desire. No other flower can match the irresistible power of the orchid.

Do you know what giving a red rose means? What is the message you are sending when you buy carnations? Which bloom best says, “I love you, darling. I simply can’t have enough of you?”

Here are the meanings of 12 traditional Valentine’s Day flowers. We hope it provides you with a little extra inspiration.
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An Orchid Christmas

Deck the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall with orchids at the KDOC holiday party on December 11. Everyone should bring an orchid or pot to give away to another member. Orchid Bingo will be played to determine the order of gift …
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Maintaining the Grotto

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.
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