In bloom Dudley and Beryl Ross hosted last month’s meeting of the local orchid society. Here, Beryl shows off one of her hard cane dendrobiums which are in full flower at the moment.
In bloom Dudley and Beryl Ross hosted last month’s meeting of the local orchid society. Here, Beryl shows off one of her hard cane dendrobiums which are in full flower at the moment.

Autumn is orchid season at Beryl's

THE Gympie Orchid Society is gearing up for its autumn shows.

Kicking things off is Wondai on April 17, followed by Caloundra the following weekend, and the Orchid Show in The Pavilion as part of the Gympie Garden Expo on May 1 and 2.

Autumn is the flowering season for hard cane dendrobiums, but many other genera will be on display in flower.

Many have grown dendrobiums of the various forms and have found hard and soft cane dendrobiums difficult to persist. They both need a resting period in winter without fertiliser or much water, but will dehydrate if they don’t get some water.

Last month’s meeting was at Dudley and Beryl Ross’s place. Beryl is one of the few people who has grown these dendrobiums well. Although Beryl’s orchids were frosted badly in the first winter, she still has many plants she started with.

The people who attended last month’s meeting were treated to many different genera in flower.

The next meeting will be at St Peter’s Hall, Lady Mary Terrace at 7pm or 8pm on Tuesday April 27.

Organisation for the show will be on the agenda.

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