Our Bi-Annual Mid-Lakes Orchid Auction

was a great success. A huge thank you to all who volunteered their time to make this happen.

Our speaker for the May meeting will be Art Chadwick from Chadwick & Son orchids in Richmond, Va. Mr Chadwick and his father are world-renowned for their cattleya hybrids. His book, "The Classic Cattleya" is one of the best books available on large-flowered cattleya's. He will talk on the history, trends and styles of orchids. He will also be selling some of his cattleya hybrids at the meeting. So come join us and add some great new orchids to your collection.

Also at the May meeting we will be completing our line-up for the 2019-2020 MLOS Officers & Directors. Please consider where you can volunteer your time to support our club.



Our speaker for the April 9th meeting was Jerry Steele. Jerry gave a great talk on the importance of the water you are using for your orchids. Jerry says to have your water tested by using a PH tester set which several different types are available orchid suppliers. He tested some samples brought to the meeting and most were high in alkaline. This is important to know when using fertilizer. Orchids like a 6.5 ph but most of our water here in central Florida is much higher. You can adjust your fertilizer usage according to your ph levels and he says you can add a little white vinegar to help lower the ph if needed. Be sure to retest your water again after making adjustments to get the correct level of ph. Jerry also passed out information on ph and alkalinity and the effects on plant nutrition. Great information to help us home growers improve the quality of our orchids. Jerry also brought in plants and orchid supplies for sale at the meeting.



A not-for-profit Organization of Orchid Lovers and Growers in the heart of Central Florida.

Some lucky members took home some beautiful raffle plants. Joni Sielaff is learning from Marion how to handle the raffle tickets.

Jerry's supplies and orchids for sale at the meeting. He has had great success using the plastic boxes in the photo for growing cattleya's.

Welcome to Mid-Lakes Orchid Society!

May Meeting:

Our next meeting is:

May 14th, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

Meetings are held at the :

Employee Wellness Center

201 East Dixie Ave., Leesburg, FL

The Employee Wellness Center is located at the corner of Dixie and Canal. Enter the back of the building on Canal (By the Ball Park entrance). You will see the Marina Sign on the corner.