the Next Foothills orchid society meeting will be held on Sept 25, 2017

Annual General Meeting of the FOS and speaker Bill Thoms

Monday September 25, our speaker is Bill Thoms a well-known author and grower of award-winning Bulbophyllums.  Bill grows his plants in shallow cedar baskets rather than on cork bark mounts.  Bill believes that because they are easier to keep moist in a basket than a mounted specimen, his plants grow bigger and have more flowers.  In his book called “Bulbophyllums”, Bill describes the technique and the results are amazing.  It is not unusual for Bill's plants to have more than 100 flowers with unblemished leaves and overflowing a wood and wire 16 cm x 30 cm basket.  In his presentation, Bill will tell us about best growing techniques as well as recommend species and hybrids that will thrive in different growing environments that we have in Calgary.  I tried his method of potting in a cedar basket in December 2016 and have already seen multiple new growths and very healthy foliage on several of my bulbophyllums including Bulbophyllum ‘Ambrosia’ (pictured below).  No flowers yet on this specimen, but the plant is really growing much faster than when it was mounted on cork.

Bulbophyllum “Ambroisa” transplanted into a cedar basket according to Bill Thoms recommended method.  Growth so far has been very vigorous.  Photo courtesy of Erika Hargesheimer.

Bulbophyllum “Ambroisa” transplanted into a cedar basket according to Bill Thoms recommended method.  Growth so far has been very vigorous.  Photo courtesy of Erika Hargesheimer.

 

 

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Our regular monthly meetings are held at the Marda Loop Community Hall (formerly known as South Calgary Community Hall), 3130 - 16th Street S.W.

Guests and New Members welcome!