Meetings of the Central Louisiana Orchid Society
The Central Louisiana Orchid Society meets monthly in the Youth Building at St. James Episcopal Church, located at 1546 Albert St. in Alexandria. See the map at right for directions.
Each meeting provides fellowship and the opportunity for further education of orchid growing through monthly programs. We have members from all over the state with a wide range of orchid growing experience. Also, many of our meetings offer a chance to take home more plants to add to your collection through raffles.
The society invites all who are interested in orchids to attend, from beginning hobbyists to professional growers. We look forward to meeting you!
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2:30pm
Program: Vanilla: Growing, Harvesting, & Curing
An AOS Webinar presented by Jim Reddekopp, owner of the Hawaiian Vanilla company
Did you know that the vanilla plant is an orchid? Jim Reddekopp, owner of the first commercial vanilla operation in Hawaii, shares his failures and victories of growing, harvesting, and curing the world's most delicate orchid blossom.
About the presenter: Jim and Tracy Reddekopp are the proprietors of the Hawaiian Vanilla Co. They live with their five children on a 25 acre farm in Paauilo, Hawaii, on the Big Island’s northeast Hamakua Coast and grow and produce 300 pounds of vanilla a year using organic farming methods. Their knowledge of vanilla cultivation and production has been gleaned through years of experience, sometimes by trial and error. Their original vanilla plants were propagated by meristemming or tissue culture. In broad terms, this involves taking tissue from the newest apical growth of a ‘stud’ plant in the greenhouse, and using that tissue to create more plants. While it is a clean way to do it, it is also the slowest. Their new plant material is now obtained by re-planting cuttings from existing established plants.
Meetings begin at 2:30 on the third Sunday of each month and are open to the general public. Doors open at 2:00 and we encourage all members to bring orchids to display during our meetings. All plants brought for Show and Tell judging must be entered by 2:15. Light refreshments are served after the program.
Also, two of the meetings each year differ from the rest. In the spring we tour a member's greenhouse and have a re-potting session. Then in December we have our annual Christmas Party.
This trophy is given to the person who accrues the most points throughout the year. Points are earned by attending meetings and bringing plants for Show and Tell. Members vote monthly on the plants for Best Grown and Best Flowers on the Show and Tell table. Points are also given for overall Best Grown Plant, and for First, Second and Third place flowers in the Cattleya division and the Other Genera division.
Anyone with an interest in orchids is encouraged to join the CLOS.
Membership in the CLOS also includes your membership in the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association(SWROGA.)
Just fill out the form below and send with your dues to the address on the form. You can also bring it to our next meeting or use the Contact Us form for more information.