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  • 08 Aug 2014 1:47 AM | Anonymous

    At our July 2014 meeting, Brian Leib, past MOS President and current Plant Growth Facility Manager at the Weld Hill Research Building, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, gave a fantastic talk on on orchid diseases and pest control. He's graciously allowed us to post it here for our members reference.

    Brian Leib pesticide lecture notes.docx

  • 16 Jun 2014 1:28 PM | Anonymous
    Orchids growing in glass bottles at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be transplanted into hardwood trees lining suburban Miami’s streets, parks and school campuses.



    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2014/06/16/lab-project-aims-revive-rare-florida-orchids/KIa5pWYzEJtbSuWQFPuzbI/story.html
  • 02 Apr 2013 10:04 AM | Anonymous
    The MOS has a new location. Monthly meetings will now be held at:

    Sons of Italy Winchester
    117 Swanton Street
    Winchester MA

    Click on the Directions link below for driving directions from your location.

  • 26 Mar 2013 10:58 AM | Anonymous
    Stymied by how to pot up seedlings you've just deflasked or repot a compot? Let Troy Meyers' step-by-step guide with photos make this task a bit less stressful.

  • 08 Feb 2013 1:55 PM | Anonymous
    Despite the snow, the show must go on! People are here, buying orchids and supplies and enjoying the beautiful exhibits right now. Twelve-year-old MOS member Elizabeth Janko won two blue ribbons for her Phal. Sogo Vivien 'Variegata'! Congrats, Elizabeth.

    We'll be here, so come on by after you shovel out.
  • 10 Jan 2013 4:56 PM | Anonymous
    The Flying Duck Orchid... when I thought orchids couldn't get any better!

    Wikipedia article

  • 06 Dec 2012 12:14 AM | Anonymous
  • 27 Oct 2012 11:14 AM | Anonymous
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12774613

    Excerpt of article (with video)

    "Ruthless hunters track their prey around the globe, snatching stunning individuals from their homes before they can even be named. The beauties only surface in the shadiest of nurseries and high prices for their lives are agreed under the counter by hungry-eyed collectors.

    This is not the plot from a harrowing tale of people smuggling but the fate of rare and highly prized orchids. The plants have inspired frenzied collection since the 18th century with their lustrous blooms and incredible variety. Now, scientists say the illegal collection of orchids is pushing species to the edge of extinction, with dire consequences for biodiversity."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12774613
  • 07 Jun 2012 10:39 PM | Anonymous
    Professor Chiachung Chen, Ph.D from the Biosystems Engineering Laboratory at National ChungHsing University in Taiwan has an informative site about Phalaenopsis culture here.

    Topics include:
    • Watering and fertilizing of Phalaenopsis in sphagnum moss
    • Design of a Phalaenopsis greenhouse in the United States
    • Environmental control for Phalaenopsis culture
    • Recovery of Phalaenopsis plants of the ocean containers after long-term transportation
    • Spiking inhibition technique of Phalaenopsis
    • Advanced Technology of Subtropic Greenhouse for Phalaenopsis
    • Spiking and Flowering of the Phalaenopsis, Part I. Spiking technique
    • Spiking and Flowering of the Phalaenopsis, Part II. Flowering technique
    • Bark or Sphagnum moss, which one is better?  Part I. Introduction of the Orchids substrate
    • Bark or Sphagnum moss, which one is better?  Part II. Physical properties of the Substrates
    • Bark or Sphagnum moss, which one is better?  Part Ⅲ. Mixing of the substrates
    • Related Publications of Phalaenopsis Culture
    • The Cooperation of the Taiwan orchids nursery and Overseas Company
    • Culture Characteristics for Phalaenopsis

  • 13 Feb 2012 1:56 PM | Anonymous
    Here's a website that I stumbled across.

    It covers:
    • Types of lights
    • Light and color
    • Natural sunlight
    • Incandescent lights
    • Fluorescent lights
    • HID/VHID lamps
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