2011 Archived Messages

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8—14 November

From: Mark Macklam
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: A query about repotting and plant roots
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 23:45


I have just repotted a very, very, root bound Oncidium using stone, into
a larger pot.
This is the first time I have repotted such a root bound plant and there
was no way I was going to untangle the roots at all, so I have left them
as they are.
I know that the roots operate a bit differently then the perennials we
have in our gardens and so I am wondering if I was to, in moderation,
cut some of these roots,
would they respond with new growth or, would I just be damaging the
plants root system.
I have become a total convert to using stone and everything I have
repotted into stone has responded very well − Laelias, Phrags, and a few

Mark Macklam


From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re-potting
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 14:55

Hi Mark,

I would like to see a photo of your root bound Oncidium so that I could see actually what is going on. From what you tell us, you are doing very well indeed using a 'stone' compost. Therefore, if the Oncidium's root ball looks in good health, I would just drop in into a larger pot and fill in with stones.

Can you please tell me what exactly your type of stone compost comprises?

There is a fascinating piece about growing in gravel by the late President of the Kenyan Orchid Society, Colonel Wilcock in an old 'Orchid Review'. There is also another piece in the Orchid Review written by Fred Stagsden, who grew all his smaller type orchids in pea gravel.

Hope this helps. I think you are in Canada...right or wrong?

Cheers, Rodge.


From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Swop tables!
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:55

Hi everyone,

Can anyone shed light on how 'Swop tables' are organised at local Societies

Tony G.


From: Alex
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Swop tables!
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:50

I think swaps can be problematic sometimes. My society sometimes has a
members sales with a percentage going to the club.
Regards, Alex

> Hi everyone,
> Can anyone shed light on how 'Swop tables' are organised at local
> Societies
> Please?
> Tony G.


From: Geoff
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Swop tables!
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:15

Bournemouth OS allows plant sales by members at meetings where there is no trade presence ( we won t compete with a trade speaker ) . Then, the vendor puts a price on a label, also with his/her name and anyone who wants to buy takes the plant, then takes the label to a designated member of committee and pays him. The club keeps 10% I think, and passes the rest over to the vendor.
It works quite well , and takes the stress out of the annual auction sale of members surplus plants where we have to limit members to bringing a maximum of three plants in order to get through the list in the available time ; we are of course a fairly large Society ( over a hundred members I m told) with well-attended meetings. Incidentally the same price structure applies at the Auction.
However at Cotswold OS we used a silent auction system at every meeting . You put your one plant per member on a table standing on a sheet of paper . Anyone who wants to buy it, writes the price they will offer, and their name. Anyone who wants to offer more, writes their offer below, and so on. I don t remember it working very well, but then Cotswold was a small Society, shrinking to the point of invisibility when I left the area, and if there are no members to buy then no system is any good !


From: nancy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Swop tables!
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 19:20

Hi Tony − Our swaps have gradually evolved into this method; our society is not large, but we get very good attendance at the swaps:
Everyone signs in on a numbered sheet (we use these at all the meetings anyway).
We have numbered poker chips in a bucket; usually the president chooses the first chip, and that person gets first 'pick' and also picks the next chip. And so on.
For swapping, members bring plants and divisions, but also related materials: pots and medium, hangers, books, etc. Good for newer addicts who don't have a lot of plants to divide. Yet.
Everyone gets at least one 'pick' whether he/she has brought things to swap or not. After the first round is complete, those who have brought more than one item keep going until all the available stuff is gone.
It is chaotic and fun.
Cheers − Nancy (our society swap is next Monday!)

"I won't take my religion from any man who never works

except with his mouth." -------- Carl Sandburg


From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: plants for sale
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 22:15

I have quite a few orchids for sale and I am in the process of getting a list together. They include Masdevallias aand other pleuros, Dendrobiums, Dendrochilums and Maxillarias. If anyone wants a list please email me directly and I will include you in my mail-out. − Applies to Uk and Eu only


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