Welcome to the Palomar Orchid Society Website!

The Palomar Orchid Society, incorporated in December of 1965 was formed when a few people banded together to talk about orchids. We then grew and bloomed into the roughly 200-member group of orchid enthusiasts that we have today. We represent everything orchid in North San Diego County! Come and join us!!

The Palomar Orchid Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and cultivation of both hybrid and species orchids. We welcome members of all levels to join us for orchid fun and learning! Our mission is to promote interest in the appreciation of orchids and to provide an opportunity for their display and the exchange and dissemination of information relating to their culture.

Next Monthly Meeting

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and based on the recommendations of local, state and federal officials, we have decided to suspend our monthly meetings at least through the month of May, and to postpone the planned Caravan in April as well as our Annual Auction in May until later in the year. We will determine dates for the latter two events as the overall situation improves.

Many of our members are senior citizens and are most vulnerable to the potential life threatening effects of this new virus. Therefore, we want to make sure to minimize any risk of additional spread and adverse effects through social distancing.

During this period, we encourage our members to devote some down time to the cultivation of their own orchid collections, since the months of April and May will see a flurry of new growth. We will endeavor to publish our newsletter in order to provide monthly cultural tips and to share of pictures of members blooming plants.

We hope all of you remain safe and healthy during these trying times and heed the recommendations of our local, state, and federal officials.

March 2020 - Orchid Culture Meeting

Our March meeting will be a continuation of last month’s culture meeting when we focused on cymbidiums. Since we are in the early stages of the orchid growing season, this month’s topic will concentrate on growing and repotting other types of orchids including members of the cattleya alliance, oncidiums, dendrobiums and phalaenopsis, the basics of which should be applicable to many other orchids that our members tend to grow. Our meeting will continue with two of our very experienced growers, Alex Nadzan and Ken Campbell.  Alex will demonstrate repotting and dividing of cattleyas and related orchids as well as phalaenopsis orchids, describing the similarities and differences among the common ones we grow. Alex also will briefly summarize the basics on general repotting that he did last month. For those of you who missed the February program, you may download the handouts provided at the last meeting by visiting the POS website (www.palomarorchid.org) and finding the speaker handouts under the meetings pull down menu. 

Ken Campbell, who has some experience and success with mounting cattleya and phalaenopsis orchids, will demonstrate how to mount them and provide some tips on how to grow them.  

In addition, Bill Wong will give a demo on using the virus test kits during the break for those members who want to see how they are used to detect the most common orchid viruses (CMV and ORSV).

Alex and Ken will address any questions you may have so bring your questions to the meeting or, if you prefer, provide them in advance to Alex at anadzan@mac.com or by phone at 760-529-5814.  This should be another very educational session for all who want to get a head start on the upcoming orchid growing and repotting season.

Finally, the plant table this month will be provided by one of our local growers.

Date: 
Wed, 03/04/2020 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

General Meeting February 2020

February 2020 – Orchid Culture Meeting

We are now in the midst of the cymbidium flowering season and, thus, our first culture meeting of the year will be devoted to growing and dividing/repotting of these beautiful and easy to grow orchids that are ideally suited for our Southern California climate.  Our first culture meeting will feature two of our very experienced growers, Jerry Spencer and Alex Nadzan. Alex will begin the session with reviewing general information on getting ready for the upcoming growing and repotting season that should help both beginners and more seasoned growers prepare for the busiest part of our orchid growing season. He will provide some tips and valuable sources of information and supplies and also will share his experience in growing and blooming these easy to grow orchids. 

Anita and Jerry Spencer are renown for their award winning cymbidiums displayed at our local shows as well as at our meeting show-and-tells. They are expert growers of these popular plants and Jerry will share some of his methods for successful growing and blooming of cymbidiums.  He also will give a demo on dividing and repotting large cymbidiums that should aid all attendees in their efforts for maintaining and blooming cymbidiums. 

Alex and Jerry will address any questions you may have so bring your questions to the meeting or, if you prefer, provide them in advance to Alex at anadzan@mac.com or by phone at 760-529-5814.  This should be a very interesting and educational session for all who want to get a head start on the upcoming orchid growing season.  Orchid Culture Meeting II in March will concentrate on other popular classes of orchids including cattleyas, oncidiums, phalaenopsis and related orchids. 

Finally, Jerry and Anita will be providing the plant table this month.

Date: 
Wed, 02/05/2020 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

January 2020 – Mary Gerritsen

Mary GerritsenMary GerritsenWe are delighted to welcome back Mary Gerritsen from the San Francisco Bay area who will speak to us on ‘Miniature Orchids and How to Grow Them’.  Mary defines miniatures as those species whose individual growths are smaller than 6 inches not including the inflorescence.  These compact orchids are a popular choice for orchid hobbyists with limited growing space. In contrast to many of their larger counterparts, many miniature orchids are attractive in or out of bloom. Mary’s lecture will cover many of her favorite species as well as discussing the challenges and rewards of growing miniature orchids. Mary is an expert on this topic and has co-authored “A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species” with San Francisco Bay area photographer and author, Ron Parsons.    Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 01/08/2020 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Annual Holiday Dinner 2019

The Palomar Orchid Society will be holding their annual Holiday Dinner and Officer installation on Wednesday, December 4 at the Lake San Marcos Pavilion. This is the same location as last year and located right next to our current monthly meeting location at 1105 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078.

If you are interested in attending our fun dinner to celebrate the holidays with fellow orchidists, please fill out the form below and send it in with your check no later than Wednesday, November 20 as specified in the form below. No payments or reservation are accepted at the door!

Please contact Bill Wong by November 15 to reserve your place at the table. This would very much help us with getting a head count. Bill’s phone number is (818) 636-8709 and his email is billtcwong@att.net.   Read more »

General Meeting November 2019

November 2019 – Peter Lin

Peter LinPeter LinWe are very happy to welcome back one of our more popular speakers, Peter T. Lin. Peter will share with us a power point presentation on the Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival, also know as the Tokyo Dome Show. This annual orchid show, held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, attracts over 300,000 visitors. With thousands of orchids featured, the show displays range from the very large displays to miniature dish gardens, to individual plants. Even the Vendor Sales area is like a Orchid show! One of the highlights of the show is the display of Asian Cymbidium species, featuring priceless Cymbidium goeringii varieties not seen in the US before. No need to travel….come and see a grand show from the comfort of our meeting room!

Peter started growing orchids over 25 years ago, but then stopped due to school and starting a career. It wasn't until about 7 years ago that the orchid "bug" came back and he is now heavily involved once again. He is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society and a hybridizer of mini-cattleyas. He enjoys meeting with other orchid enthusiasts, and can often be found at various orchid shows and societies around the country. He also has hundreds of photos of his orchids that he maintains on Flickr.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 11/06/2019 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

General Meeting October 2019

October 2019 – Alan Koch

Alan KochAlan KochIt is a distinct pleasure to welcome back Alan Koch of Gold Country Orchids in Lincoln, CA.  Alan will be speaking to us on ‘Cattleyas 365, 24/7’ where he will provide us the knowledge on how to build a cattleya collection that will flower all year long and tell us how to grow them.  Alan will highlight the species that have been used by hybridizers for years to control bloom time and his talk will be adapted to our climate conditions.  He also will provide the plant opportunity table including some of his novel hybrid cattleyas and related orchids. 

Alan’s visit is being co-sponsored by POS and SDCOS. He will be speaking on Oct. 1 in Balboa Park on ‘Unusual Species for the Cattleya Grower’. More details can be found on the SDCOS website.   Read more »

Date: 
Wed, 10/02/2019 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm