HONOLO – Orchid boutonniere corsage were affixed to more than 500 people who came to “Celebrate with Orchids” at the 32nd annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club show & sale on Sunday, July 27 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.
This year’s celebratory theme was in conjunction with the mission’s 100th anniversary year. The KDOC has been meeting and holding shows at the mission since the club’s inception in 1983.
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.
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.
Carmela Orchids and Newman’s Nursery will highlight this year’s Around the Island Tour on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
The Motorcoach tourbus will pick up the early birds at Greenwell Farms at 6:30 am, and everyone else can board in Kailua at Old Kona Airport at 7:00.
From there the tour will take the northern route to Hilo, stopping in Tex’s Drive-In
Members in attendance at the May 14 KDOC meeting each walked away with a promising 2-year-old hybrid called “Rlc. Volcano Glory.”
The orchids were given to the club by Akatsuka Orchid Garden during the Around the Island Orchid Tour in 2012. The bus made a rest stop there, and since many members purchased orchids, they were awarded with a flask. Nancy Shibata was willing to pot and care for the orchids until they were big enough to pass on to members who went on the trip.
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.
All members are asked to keep an eye out for any cool or unusual orchid vases from now until we “Celebrate with Orchids” on July 27, as vases and vessels will be the focal point of Carol Zakahi’s display at this year’s upcoming orchid show.
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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).
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.
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.”