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Deep Cut Orchid Society

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Upcoming member meetings and events

Our January 12th meeting will be online via a Zoom meeting. Members can view and participate in the meeting from a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Participants can join the meeting beginning at 7:00pm to socialize. The meeting will start promptly at 7:30pm. The Zoom meeting invitation, including the link and instructions to join, will be emailed to all DCOS members several days ahead of time. Contact deepcutorchids@gmail.com if you do not receive it by January January 8th. (If you are new to Zoom, you can use the following link to find beginners’ videos and other basic instructions: Quick start guide for new users)

MEETING TOPIC: Latouria Dendrobiums will showcase the diversity and culture of these long-lasting orchids from the Papua New Guinea region. Latouria orchids didn’t seriously catch the eye of hybridizers until the 1980s and 1990s. What makes them attractive to the hobby grower?

  • They flower quickly from the flask

  • The flowers last for months (6 months is not uncommon)

  • They flower easily and often more than once a year

  • Mature plants produce multiple stems per pseudobulb

  • They flower from the same pseudobulb for years

  • The plants are largely disease free

  • There are miniature and intermediate types available

SPEAKER INFORMATION: Jim and Melana Davison are AOS Accredited Judges. They have an extensive and diverse orchid collection that seems to be continuously growing. Not only involved in caring for their orchids, they are actively involved in several South Florida orchid societies. Melana is the current President of the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and Past-President of the South Dade Amateur Orchid Club. Jim is the Past-President of the Orchid Society of Coral Gables and the East Everglades Orchid Society. Jim’s appreciation for orchids stems from his scientific background. Before his recent retirement, he worked as a Nuclear Chemistry Manager at the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. Melana is more interested in the aesthetic qualities of orchids, especially the ones that look strange and other worldly. She owns her own Orchid Maintenance business and is known as “The Orchidiva.” They are currently preparing a new greenhouse and shade area and have opened their own retail nursery, Jim-N-I Orchids. Together, Jim and Melana have 7 grown children and five grandchildren. They live in Homestead with their 2 dogs, four of the five grandchildren and 5,000 plus orchids in their own collection, many more in the nursery. They offer a wide variety of collectible species and hybrids, specializing in L. anceps and C. walkeriana. (Click here to download a copy of their list of plants for sale and order form that includes instructions for use.)

DIGITAL SHOW TABLE: Please email a few pictures of orchids in bloom that you would have otherwise brought to the monthly members meeting to deepcutorchids@gmail.com no later than 9pm January 11th.

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