Each fall NOS holds an orchid plant sale. This is the society’s largest fund-raising event of the year. In the spring, members divide and repot their orchids at “potting parties” and donate plants to the society for the sale. Volunteers care for the orchids all summer.
Raffle tickets for orchid baskets and blooming plants are sold to customers in line to raise additional money. The sale hours are noon to 3pm, but many times the plants have sold before closing time. It’s a good idea to come before noon, the line starts early.
Many genera of orchids are available at the sale. Cattleyas, dendrobiums, phalaenopsis, vandas, oncidiums and others are available. Most are potted, a few are mounted and some are bare-root and need potting. All are healthy plants. It is best to get to the sale early for the best choices. Other plants may be offered as well.
Many plants for sale are not in bloom but members of the society are present to offer information about the care and growing habits of the plants. Culture sheets about each genus are available at the sale. These publications are from the American Orchid Society and explain what each genus needs as far as light, watering, fertilizing and general care.
The following orchids were available for the November 9, 2014 Orchid Sale -
Bl Yellow Bird Bc Maikai ‘Mayumi’ Brassovola Little Stars
Schombocatonia Garnet Glory
Bl. (Brassolaelia) Yellow Bird
Yellow Bird is a “brighten your day” orchid. The flower petals start out kind of darkish orange or maroon but after a few days they turn yellow. The flowers are about 3 inches across and usually clustered 3-4 on a spike. This plant is a cross between Bl. Richard Mueller and Brassavola nodosa (the Lady of the Night Orchid). The pseudobulbs and leaves are narrow and the plants are less than a foot tall. Bl. Yellow was created by H&R Nurseries of Hawaii and registered by them in 1990. It has garnered 11 American Orchid Society awards. Yellow Bird will flower at least two times a year.
Maikai is a great Christmas-time orchid. The compact plants produce many bright lavender flowers, usually in December, and will continue blooming for well over a month. This plant is a cross between Brassavola nodosa and Cattleya bowringiana, two famous, old time species. Maikai inherited a number of characteristics from its Brassavola nodosa parent. The leaves are narrow, almost round in cross section and the several flowers on each spike are about 3 or so inches across, star shaped with narrow sepals and petals and a big, flared lip so characteristic of B. nodosa. The spots in the throat, and sometimes on the petals also come from B. nodosa. From the Cattleya bowringiana parent comes the lavender-pink color. The flowers are also fragrant at night, with a jasmine aroma much like B. nodosa. Bc. Maikai is a real “oldie but goodie, being created by Hirose Nursery in Hawaii and registered in 1944! It has been used as a parent in 38 crosses, and Bc. Maikai is a “grandparent” in 43 crosses! The American Orchid Society has granted 17 awards to this grex,
Brassavola Little Stars
Little Stars is a favorite Fall and early winter-time orchids. The correct name is Brassavola Little Stars and it was created by crossing two Brassavola species, B. nodosa and B. cordata. Brassavola nodosa is the famous “Lady of the Night” orchid with its very delightful jasmine-like fragrance that starts about dusk and lasts well into the night. Little Stars’ other parent, Brassavola cordata, (the “Little Lady of the Night”) has smaller flowers but a powerful citrus fragrance in the evening. Brassavola Little Stars has taken the fragrances from both its parents and created its own unique “elegant” spicy, “clove-like” aroma that starts at dusk and lasts well into the night. Little Stars will “spice up” your night
Brassavola Little Stars is a great plant because it starts out small, “containable,” and is easy to grow, although after a few years they can become quite large plants. The pseudobulbs and leaves together are about a foot long, narrow, and “half-round” in cross section. Here, in SW Florida, Little Stars grows well in a sunny area of the lanai or pool cage or out-of-doors hanging in a tree. The flowers are small, about 2–3 inches across. The sepals and petals are pale green, but the heart-shaped lip is white. Once established the plant will produce many spikes with 4–6 flowers on each spike and will continue to bloom for two to three months. Little Stars was created by Stewart Orchids when they were in California, and registered by them in 1983. Little Stars has earned 15 American Orchid Society awards. One of the awarded plants, ‘Christine Parrish,’ in 1997 had 93 inflorescences with 600 flowers!!
Schombocatonia Garnet Glory ‘Juno Beach’
Schombocatonia Garnet Glory ‘Juno Beach’ is a great orchid for your collection. It is a cross between the very well-known Ctna. Why Not and Schomburkgia thomsoniana. The plants take after their Why Not parent and are less than a foot tall, but the flowering spikes, with their clusters of bright orange/red 2 inch flowers, tower over 2 feet in height. This plant usually flowers in May and the flowers will last for at least two months. Garnet Glory was created by H&R Nurseries of Hawaii and registered by Juno Beach Orchids of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The American Orchid Society has granted it one award, a Highly Commendable Certificate (HCC) to the cultivar ‘Juno Beach.”