Ballots were passed out and votes were cast at the KDOC meeting on April 9, and when the numbers were tallied the majority settled on “Celebration of Orchids” as the theme to this year’s upcoming orchid show.
There was also a vote for the 2015 show & sale date, and it was decided that the best time would be the third week in July (with the exact date being July 19, 2015).
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.”
The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club set a record for shortest business meeting of all time in February. True to the agenda, there was no new business, no old business, and by 7:05 the food was coming out.
There were a few things to keep in mind from February, however. Membership dues are past due, so everyone should be sure and pay their group leader at the next meeting if you have not done so already.
If the slipper fits, go with it. Right?
Not if you’re Graham Wood, who specializes in breeding Paphiopedilums for Lehua Orchids in Mountain View.
“At first glance, you look at a Paphiopedilum, shrug and think ‘well, that looks good I guess,” Wood said during his presentation at the KDOC meeting on November 13. “And it does look okay. But when I look at them, I start thinking, what could make it look better?”
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).
The show and tell orchids got to participate in the monthly activities at the KDOC meeting on September 11, as Cheeta gave a hands-on program on how to set up different arrangements. She began by explaining the different types of …
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Vanda orchids are highly prized in horticulture for their showy, fragrant, long-lasting and intensely colorful flowers.
So it’s no wonder that vandas caught the eye of Karen Kimmerle of Island Sun Orchids in Kapoho, who gave a vanda presentation at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club monthly meeting on August 14.
“Vandas are a love of mine,” Kimmerle said. “Colors are just fabulous, but I also love the patterns.”
We all know that orchids are beautiful, but what really sets one apart from the others?
Walter Scheeren, a judge for the American Orchid Society as well as an avid orchid grower, stopped by the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meeting on July 10 to offer a few helpful tips on preparing orchids for exhibition.
“In general, it doesn’t matter what kind of orchid it is … worry about the roots,” Scheeren said. “If you have good roots, you will have a good plant.”
Roy Tokunaga didn’t want to just grow orchids, he wanted to grow large orchids. Very large.
And after years of perfecting his craft, Tokunaga was on hand at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on June 12 to share some of his extensive knowledge with his specimen plant culture presentation.
Cymbidiums may not be native to Hawaii like the bamboo orchid, but it has become a true kama’aina on its own.
Sure, most orchids can survive in Hawaii with the proper amount of attention and care, but Cymbidiums are perfectly suited for life in paradise “as is” needing the absolute bare minimum in order to not just survive, but thrive.
This was the focal point of the Cymbidum talk-story given by Bob and Jennifer Harris of Orchidpeople at the monthly KDOC meeting on April 10.