Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Which Orchid to Grow?

Gerrit Takasaki of Hawaii Hybrids in Hilo was on hand to discuss finding the right orchid at the monthly Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club meeting on May 14.

Outside the rain which poured throughout the night, with the omnipresent coquíes competing with the P.A. system inside for the ears attention.

“Ah, it really feels like home!” said Takasaki with a laugh. “The weather, the singing … and of course all these beautiful orchids.”
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Preparing Orchids for Show

Clean the pseudobulbs and leaves (water helps to soften the dry papery covering (cataphyll) around mature pseudobulbs so that you can gently rub it off). Make sure the media in the container is clean and free of weeds. Wipe the …
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How to Make Orchids Flow

Color flow in an orchid exhibit means that you shouldn’t put an orange in a group of lavenders. The colors should F~L~O~W~ from one to another gracefully like the rainbow.

By sticking to this rule you can avoid any bone-jarring clashes that might disturb judges and the public at large. Color flow will guarantee that a sense of serene well being will envelop all who view your exhibit. But most of all, color flow makes sense and provides a useful guideline for placing orchids in an orchid exhibit.
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All Things Dendrobium

Dendrobium specialist Leonard Gines was on hand at the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club monthly meeting on April 9 to discuss all things dendrobium. Dendrobium is a huge genus or orchids, containing about 1,200 species. Gines began his talk by explaining …
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Custom Slippahs

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?”
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Zen and the Art of Orchid Maintenace

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.”
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How to grow a monster

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.
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Repotting Dendrobiums

Hundreds of dendrobiums were donated to be used in the grotto, and some of that surplus overflowed into the Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club’s monthly meeting on May 8.

Each member was allowed to select two orchids, and then Betty Matsuo showed the club how to prepare their dendrobiums for repotting.
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Cymbidium Orchid Tips

Cymbidium (sym-BID-ee-um) Orchids are prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers. F E R T I L I Z E cymbidiums regularly. They like to be fed a lot! Orchidpeople offers 2 kinds of fertilizer • Use one or both. …
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Dissecting Cymbidiums

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.
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