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The Honolulu Orchid Society which normally meets on the second Wednesday of each month has moved the September meeting to Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  The change is being made since Lanakila Elementary School will be holding a school function on Wednesday evening (September 14) which will make the cafeteria unavailable to the Society.  We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this will incur.  Please spread the word to other members of the meeting date change.

The speaker for the Tuesday meeting will be Roy Andrade who will speak on Growing Dendrobiums.  Roy is the President of the Ewa Orchid Society and a Judge for the American Orchid Society and Honolulu Orchid Society.  He has won numerous awards and trophies for his orchids.

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM in the Lanakila Elementary School Cafeteria.  Guests are more than welcome.  There is ample free parking in front of the cafeteria.  Refreshments will be served.


This year’s Honolulu Orchid Society Show is fast approaching.  See the poster below for Show dates and times.


The Society can really use your help.  If you are free during the week, volunteer your time and help out at the Show.  You can also help by donating baked goods, plants and other items for HOS’ Sales Table.  All sales from the Sales Table are used to fund the Society’s programs for the year.

HOS Flyer for Donations


During the August Honolulu Orchid Society meeting. Lorenzo Ordinado explained that driftwood and other woody materials such as tree branches should be treated with lime before they are used to mount orchids.  Here is Lorenzo’s recipe for the lime treatment:

a.  Pour one cup of lime (powder form) in a 5-gallon bucket.  Fill the bucket with water and mix the solution.  Soak the driftwood or tree branch in the solution for 3 days.

b.  After 3 days, empty the bucket.  Pour one cup of lime in the bucket.  Fill with water and mix the solution.  Soak the wood (driftwood and tree branch) again for 3 days.

c.  Empty the bucket and let the wood dry for 3 days.

d.  After the wood is allowed to dry for 3 days, pour one cup of lime in the bucket, fill with water and mix the solution.  Soak the wood again for another 3 days.

e.  Empty the bucket.  Spread the wood out and allow to dry for 5 days before using.

The entire process requires 9 days of soaking in the lime solution and 8 days of drying the wood.  It requires a 5-gallon bucket and 3 cups of powdered lime.

You can purchase a 5 pound bag of hydrated lime from City Mill at a cost of $8.99 plus tax.  The 5 pound bag has about 20 cups of lime.

Hydrated Lime
One word of caution.  The lime is a very fine powder.  Use the lime outdoors or you will end up with a room filled with white dust.  Avoid breathing the dust as much as possible.

Powdered Lime

Lorenzo Ordinado will demonstrate various methods of mounting and hanging orchids at Wednesday’s (August 10 2016) General Membership Meeting of the Honolulu Orchid Society (HOS).  Lorenzo is a hobbyist who has been growing growing orchids for many years at his Kaneohe residence.  He is a member of the Windward Orchid Society and the Orchid Species Club.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM at the Lanakila Elementary School cafeteria.  Guests are more than welcome to attend.  There is ample free parking in front of the cafeteria.  Refreshments will be served.