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June 2019
Volume 72, Issue 11


About the June Meeting

June 10, 2019         7:00 p.m.

University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105


Annual Meeting, Potluck Dinner and Gary Baker Service Award 

June is our Annual Business Meeting
and where we traditionally have a Potluck Dinner before our society goes on its two month summer hiatus. 


June Short Program: Come to the potluck to hear Nathan Hurst talk about his latest device, The Electronic Leaf.


A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winner of the Gary Baker Service Award. This award is given annually to the person who has contributed the most to the overall goals of the society in the prior year. This special honor goes to a recipient who is selected by the board from nominations made by the general membership. Honorees are presented with a crystal perpetual trophy engraved with their name.


Dinner = What should you bring?


To kick off the festivities the society will provide a nice cut of meat or poultry. It will also provide plates, utensils and napkins, but if you're feeling green, bring your own.  There's a kitchen for quick cleanup afterwards. Members can bring additional food: a main dish, side dishes, salad, drinks or dessert to share for our Potluck Party. For reference and to help decide what delicious food to bring, you could use the handy list.  If your name starts with:


A - I = bring a salad or vegetable dish

J - R = bring a main dish
S - Z = bring dessert or beverage


Consider this a guideline only.  If you have a dish you are known for, or just want to share something special with others, please bring that instead.


Display Table:

Bring your blooming Orchids so everyone can enjoy them.  For your convenience, you can print out a Plant Table Information Form ahead of time.  Click for your version of choice:  PDF  WORD  Excel


Sales Table:
Members may bring up to 10 plants to sell.  Include an extra tag with your name and the price in the plant.


The raffle will be held as usual.  Win a new orchid for your collection while supporting the Scholarship Fund.


NWOS Library: 

If you'd like to check out a book or tape from our Library, please contact our Librarian Joe Grienauer a minimum of 2 weeks before the next meeting.  Besides email, you can give Joe your request at any meeting.  For a list of library items Click on the Library link at the top left of this page or click HERE.

September Speaker Pre-Order


Our September Speaker, Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids, is offering us a pre-order special:  He will give you a 10% discount on orders under $150 and a 20% discount on orders over $150.

Both offers include free shipping with pick up at the meeting.  The pre-order deadline is September 6th.

Send your pre-order list to gcorchids@aol.com and Alan will get it ready.  The discount applies to all items on the website http://www.goldcountryorchids.com as well as items on the limited availability list (click here).

Membership Renewal Reminder


It's time to renew your NWOS membership for 2019.  Our membership period now goes by calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31).  You can pay at most meetings by cash, check, or debit/credit card.  Click HERE to pay online using Paypal on our Membership page.  You can mail a check (payable to NWOS) to PO Box 51021, Seattle, WA 98115-1021.  New members should complete the Membership Form.


Dues are $30 for one person or $40 for two people at the same address.  We also have a Youth membership of $15 for one person aged 22 or under.  Dues are kept low to encourage membership but they cover only a small portion of the society's expenses.

Each single, dual and youth membership person will be considered an individual full-fledged member entitled to all privileges and benefits of the society (voting, Christmas plants, sell plants at meetings/shows/auction, etc.).


Please contact Mike Cory for questions about your dues.

Repot Your Plants     By Ray Barkalow

originally published in ORCHIDS June 2014

Like my earlier Water Your Orchids article (January 2014), this topic may seem to be awfully basic and pretty obvious, but I believe that if we understand some of the “why” behind the “what” or “how to” information we learn, it puts us way ahead in our efforts to become reliable caregivers to our orchids. The question of “when” to repot is another that arises frequently, and we’ll address that, too. First, a little bit about our favorite plants.

Many of you may have heard that “healthy roots means a healthy orchid” — again pretty obvious, but do you know why that is? Terrestrial plants, with their roots buried in the soil, do the vast majority of their gas exchange processes through openings (stomata) in their leaves. Orchids, on the other hand, have adapted to having far fewer leaf stomata as an apparent evolutionary strategy to minimize water loss. Those that remain are concentrated on the bottom of the leaves, and in some cases, the plants have developed a thick, waxy “cuticle” layer, all of which shifts much of the gas exchange burden to the root system. If we stifle that, we cause stress and even death to the root cells.

Let me add a bit more about those root cells. As roots grow, they “tailor” themselves to the environment into which they are growing so that they can function optimally to support the plant, and once those cells have grown, they cannot change. We can see the implications of that with the following scenario:

A plant is potted up in nice, fresh medium, and gets great care, so it grows big and strong, sending its roots deep into the moist, airy medium. Those roots have “tailored” themselves on a cellular level to function optimally in that particular environment. Time marches on, and that potting medium starts to decompose, breaking down into smaller particles and becoming more and more compact, holding lots of water and starting to restrict air flow to the roots. Plus, minerals from your water and fertilizers, as well as plant waste products have been accumulating in the medium as well. The environment has definitely changed, but the roots have not and cannot.

The black, vertical arrow in the image mark the nice depth to which the roots grew originally, but judging by their color and condition, they are failing in that changed environment. You will note, though, that there are new roots that look entirely different (see the yellow circle) that have grown from the ends of those old roots. Those nice, plump roots have grown with their cells optimized for that environment, even if it is an environment that is bad for the original root system.

One might speculate that the plant will therefore be okay, as it now has well-functioning roots, but unfortunately, while those newly grown root segments may be fine for that environment, the older root system is not, so will continue to deteriorate, ultimately completely separating those new roots from the plant, leading to its demise.

That is why, when considering repotting a plant, it is best to do so just as new roots are emerging from the base of the plant, and not when the plant is dormant. Otherwise, root growth will resume only on existing roots. Those new, emergent roots will grow optimized for the environment and support the plant, while the old ones are expected to eventually fade away.

Keep in mind that the greater the difference between the “old” and “new” root zone conditions, the less optimal the old roots will be, so the more critical is the timing. One can avoid such setbacks by using good quality potting media components and repotting frequently, before the medium can significantly decompose and become compressed.

Ray Barkalow is an engineer and scientist, and has been a hobby orchid grower for over 40 years. He has owned and operated First Rays Orchids since 1994, He can be reached at raybark@firstrays.com.

News from the American Orchid Society


It’s easy to find the scheduled webinars and to register on the AOS website. You’ll find the link under the All About Orchids tab. If you check there, you will find any webinars that have been scheduled after the production of this monthly Corner.


WANT TO LEARN BUT CAN’T MAKE THE DATE? The live webinars will be recorded and posted on the AOS website, where you will find a link allowing you to view the webinars at your convenience.

Stanhopea Aiden 'Arya' HCC/AOS;
Photographer: Tim Morton

The Care and Feeding of Stanhopea with Inge Poot
Wed., June 5th, 2019 @ 8:30-9:30 EDT  Members only
Join Inge Poot, AOS Judge Emeritus, from the Toronto Judging Center as she discusses how to grow Stanhopea.  Register now using this link:

American Orchid Society: Greenhouse Chat with Dr. Ron McHatton
Thursday, June 13th, 2019l @ 8:30-9:30 EDT Open to the Public

Please join Dr. Ron McHatton, AOS Chief Science Officer, as he answers your questions about all things orchid. He will discuss a variety of topics on orchid culture based on questions submitted by attendees. Please send your questions and pictures to Sandra Svoboba at greenhouse@aos.org  by Tuesday, June 11th.  Register now using this link: 

Note: After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail information about joining the seminar.

Rhyncattlianthe Sunset Sunrise 'Max' HCC/AOS;
Photographer: Bryon Rinke


THE JUNE ISSUE OF ORCHIDS MAGAZINE will feature great articles and beautiful pictures on:

• The New Refugium Botanicum – Miltoniopsis warszewiczii by Franco Pupulin
• For the Novice - Orchid Buying Tips by Larry Sexton
Native Orchids of Montana by Ansel Fiddaman
• The Cat's Meow: Catasetum Breeding and Culture by Fred Clarke
Maxillarias - A Complex and Morphing Genus, Part 1 by Estaban (Steve) Gonzalez-Costa
Lindleyana - Studies in Oberonia by Daniel Geiger


Cymbidium Sarah Jean 'Ice Cascade' CCM/AOS;
 Photographer: Duane Erdmann

ALSO FEATURED IN ORCHIDS MAGAZINE!  16-page award gallery of breath taking pictures of recently awarded orchids.


See fabulous pictures of the most breathtakingly beautiful orchids receiving awards from the AOS! Visit the new “Latest Orchid Awards” page on the AOS website to enjoy these stunning photographs! Click on the thumbnails to see them in larger format. Free to members and non-members.


Denise Lucero, Vice-Chair, AOS Membership and Affiliated Societies

Report from the May Meeting


Caption for the photo


Abigail Chang, President, opened the evening by introducing our Orchid Basic Speakers, Robert Culver and Joff Morgan.  They gave an in-depth discussion about OrchidWiz, a comprehensive orchid software program.  They showed many, many features of the program and how it could be used in a variety of ways to enhance your Orchid experience, knowledge and collection.  Additional comments from OrchidWiz users amongst the members in attendance helped in our overall understanding.


Abigail then welcomed new members and visitors, reviewed some newsletter articles of note, asked for volunteers to help with the Nominating Committee and suggestions for a venue for our August picnic.  She and Mike Pearson reviewed information for our participation in the WA State Fair in Puyallup in late summer.  Joe brought Library books for all to enjoy and borrow.  Gordon announced that the paperwork for our garden display in next year's NWF&G Festival was complete.  The theme is Springtime Fever and the new dates are Feb. 26 - March 1, 2020.


1st Vice Pres. Mike Foster introduced our speaker Norman Fang of Norman's Orchids.  He reviewed the many exciting new color forms in Phalaenopsis species and their potential influence in hybridization.  These new colors come from the discovery of new species forms found in previously inaccessible areas, new interest in breeding line and mutations.  We look forward to seeing some of these new colors and patterns in the future.


Culturally, growing in moss will keep the roots 10-15 degrees cooler.  Species are sometimes better mounted instead of potted and there are no more Doritis, they are all classified as Phalaenopsis now.


George Krasle reviewed the plant table.                  Photos: Diane Drisch and Harvey Brenneise

    Masdevallia veitchiana 'Cow Hollow', Ben Johnson


George Krasle group



Den trantuanii, Abigail Chang


Den. unicum, Abigail Chang

  Den. Little Green Apples, Alba Dennis  
    Dendrobium thyrsiflorum, George Krasle
Dactylorhiza x grandis, Abigail Chang  
Pleurothallis grobyi, George Krasle Mps Rene Komoda, Harvey Brenneise
Bryobium hyacinthoides, George Krasle  
  Coelogyne massangeana, George Krasle
check out the cool new spike cascading out of the pot
Maxillaria tenuifolia, Abigail Chang  
Paph Bellatulum, Ben Johnson Paph Hawaiian Kapuna, Harvey Brenneise
Phrag Cahaba Glow, Harvey Brenneise    
Paph Reverend Canon Mari, Harvey Brenneise   Paph. Shin-Yi Williams, Abigail Chang
Orquidacea's Small Fortune, Diane Drisch    

Editor's Note:  More photos will be placed here over the next day or so. 
Please check back and refresh your browser to see the images. 
When this note is gone, the newsletter is complete.

Phal. YoungHome Beauty Golden, Barb Roberts Phal. mannii, George Krasle
    Disa uniflora, GKrasle
Odcdm. Catatante 'Kilauea Karma', Diane Drisch  
    Odm (Jim Mintsiveris x Grouville Bay), Harvey Brenneise
Epi Pacific Conejo x Special Valley, Harvey Brenneise   Epidendrum, George Krasle

Schedule of Upcoming Events


June 10, 2019 - NWOS Annual Meeting, Gary Baker Service Award, Potluck Dinner and Scholarship presentation.

August 3, 2019 - NWOS Annual Potluck Picnic: 1-5 pm, Hosted by Alba and Michael Dennis.  More info will posted in the August newsletter and details will be emailed to all NWOS Members in good standing closer to the date.

September 9, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Alan Koch: "What's New in Miniature Cattleyas".  There will be plant pre-sales as well as meeting sales. (http://www.goldcountryorchids.com)


October 5 & 6, 2019 - NWOS Show and Sale at Volunteer Park Conservatory:  10am-4pm on Saturday with free admission and 10am-3pm on Sunday with $4.00 admission.


October 14, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: TBA

November 11, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Speaker: Ron Parsons, "Botanizing in Southern Ecuador"

December 9, 2019 - NWOS meeting - Potluck dinner, Christmas Plant giveaway, Schoenfeld and Northen Trophy contests and installation of new Officers and Board of Directors.

Reminder for Officers & Board Members


The schedule of Board Meetings for this membership year is: 5/7/19, 7/9/19, 9/3/19 and 11/5/19.  The July 9th meeting will be at George and Cylvia Grantham's house at 6:30 p.m.  Details will follow in an email.

Shopping on Amazon?  Use this link to Earn $$ for NWOS


If you go to http://smile.amazon.com and sign in to your account, you'll be given information about supporting various non-profits.  You can type in "Northwest Orchid Society" and it will then send .5% of your purchase price to the organization.


It's really easy, but you have to remember to go in through the 'smile' subdomain when you place the order, otherwise it will go through as a regular order.

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Special Announcements


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