Spring Orchid So­ci­ety Show

A bloom­ing suc­cess for or­gan­is­ers at this year’s show

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

WITH spring in the air, the Childers and Isis Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety have suc­cess­fully hosted their an­nual event last week­end.

Or­chids have long been a sym­bol of love and beauty and last Fri­day morn­ing the doors opened at 8am with a steady stream of vis­i­tors through­out the day.

The spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays had vis­i­tors mes­merised by the num­ber of en­trants in this year’s show.

Childers and Isis Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Glo­ria Haaskma said she was sur­prised with the qual­ity of this year’s flow­ers.

“Ev­ery year we see dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of or­chids and many sur­pris­ing plants,” Mrs Haaskma said.

Through­out the two-day event, there were a num­ber of de­tailed demon­stra­tions from grow­ers on how to re-pot an orchid.

For many of us that could kill a plas­tic plant, the Spring Orchid Show was a great place to learn about the mys­te­ri­ous plant.

Grown by en­thu­si­asts for their sheer el­e­gance and fas­ci­na­tion, there is more than 750 gen­era of or­chids and more than 30,000 hy­brids and more in­tro­duced ev­ery year.

While the true orchid en­thu­si­ast could spend con­sid­er­able time on the growth and care of or­chids, the first time grower needs to be­gin some­where.

Start by learn­ing the ba­sics of car­ing for or­chids that are gen­er­ally ro­bust and easy to grow.

Once you've grasped these ba­sics, if you still find your pas­sion for or­chids in­ten­si­fy­ing, you'll be able to ex­plore the more chal­leng­ing orchid va­ri­eties as you gain con­fi­dence.

Or­chids have de­vel­oped highly spe­cialised pol­li­na­tion sys­tems, the chances of be­ing pol­li­nated are of­ten scarce, so orchid flow­ers usu­ally re­main re­cep­tive for very long pe­ri­ods.

Most or­chids de­liver pollen in a sin­gle mass.

Each time pol­li­na­tion suc­ceeds, thou­sands of ovules can be fer­tilised.

Most cul­ti­vated or­chids are trop­i­cal or sub­trop­i­cal plants, there are a num­ber of or­chids which grow in colder cli­mates.

So­ci­ety pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Fay Par­tridge said the event con­tin­ued to grow each year and at­tracted more in­ter­est from vis­i­tors.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the orchid show con­tin­ues to shine, with grow­ers and vis­i­tors from all over the re­gion and as far as Glad­stone mak­ing the trip to Childers.

Win­ter can be un­kind to plants and the frosty nights will da­m­age the del­i­cate petals of an orchid, it’s ad­vised to shel­ter plants un­til the warmer months.

For all the Childers and Isis Dis­trict Orchid Show re­sults, turn to page 17 of Town and Coun­try.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT030916ORCHID02

OR­CHIDS: Childers and Isis Dis­trict Orchid So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Glo­ria Haaksma.

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