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Fred Clarke
"Australian Dendrobiums"
TUESDAY, June 16, 2020
7:00PM - NOTE DIFFERENT TIME!
NOTICE: THIS MEETING IN THE CHURCH HALL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS. INSTEAD, THE PRESENTATION WILL BE ON THE INTERNET. OSSC MEMBERS WILL BE SENT A LINK WHERE THEY CAN HEAR AND VIEW THE PRESENTATION AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE DATE OF THE PRESENTATION.


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Photo of Fred ClarkeFred Clarke started Sunset Valley Orchids in 1995 as a natural outgrowth of a hobby that began 27 years earlier. Sunset Valley Orchids is a boutique-style nursery dedicated to providing excellent customer service and breeding superior orchid hybrids for the orchid enthusiast. Fred is an accredited American Orchid Society Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region.

SVO’s efforts are focused on the development of new and interesting lines with three primary goals: 1) vigorous, robust, and compact growing plants; 2) new flower colors and shapes; and 3) AOS award-quality flowers. SVO develops hybrids and species in several genera including Cattleya, Catasetinae, Paphiopedilum, Australian Dendrobium, as well as Sarcochilus, Zygopetalum and Stanhopea. It carries out the complete growing process from flasking to community trays and growing in pots. Its Cattleya breeding program has developed over 35 years, with many new and unique hybrids, especially compact cattleyas less than 12” tall at maturity that bloom in 4” pots. Sunset Valley Orchids is also a top breeder of the Catasetinae, the group of orchids consisting of Catasetum, Mormodes, Clowesia, Cycnoches and their hybrids. The development of the “blackest orchid seen,” Fredclarkeara After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert X Ctsm. Donna Wise), captured attention around the world in 2002, and Fred's work on "black" orchids continues to this day. Orchids from Sunset Valley Orchid have received hundreds of AOS awards, including 8 that have received the highest honor, the First Class Certificate -- FCC

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  • RE-BLOOMING PHALS  [Submitted by OSSC Member David Lafond on April 17, 2018]

    I have most of my orchids on my outdoor patio, which receives about two hours of direct sun mid-day. Not ideal at all! Not all orchids can handle two hours of direct sun around noon, so my Phalaenopsis are grown indoors by the window in less than ideal lighting. Sometimes we make due with our situations and hope the plants adapt.

    I assumed my Phals would bloom indoors, but last year they did not. Phals need cooler temperatures below 77 F to stimulate bloom. The temperature inside my apartment is less than 77 F so I assumed they would bloom indoors if I kept the heat turned off at night during October. They still didn’t send up any flower spikes. Carol Beule told me she keeps her Phals outdoors until Thanksgiving, and the cooler temperatures stimulate blooms. The only way I could keep my Phals outdoors is to carry them outside and night, then take then inside, protected from harsh sun during the day. The “hobby” was turning into a lot of work, so I didn’t do it, assuming the Phals would bloom during winter indoors where my apartment was below 77 F. Around March, my Phals still did not initiate bloom spikes indoors. I was seriously thinking of discarding them if they weren’t going to bloom indoors, so in a last ditch attempt, I decided to take them outside every night, then take them back indoors every day. So far 3 of the 7 plants have bloom spikes started…..a little late is better than never! I suggest you consult the article “Growing the Best Phals – Part 3” which gives details about temperature requirements to re-bloom Phalaenopsis.

    I need to go put my Phals back outside!

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