Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids, presents
“Catasetum Species, Hybrids, and their Culture”,
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7 p.m.
Catasetums are from the Tribe Cymbidieae. Individually, it has been considered an orchid oddity, or “botanical, of interest mainly to the seriously addicted enthusiast.” These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions.
Commercially, Catasetum, have occupied a small market niche on the edge of a sea of Cymbidiums, Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, and so on. Until recently, they have not attracted much attention from hybridizers, but in the past several years some spectacular hybrids have been produced, receiving great acclaim and an increasingly large collection of awards from the American Orchid Society.
This talk will feature a wide screen computer slide show on some of the species, new hybrids and plant culture of Catasetums. The presenter will be Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista.
Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 35 years and has been hybridizing for 25 of those years. With over 28 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry, Fred applies these skills at his orchid nursery; Sunset Valley Orchids, located in San Diego, California.
He is a passionate orchid grower whose curiosity in orchids is broad and varied. Although developing Cattleya hybrids has been his sustaining interest, he is also actively creating new Australian Dendrobiums and Paphiopedilum hybrids plus some others to be named if they work out!
His pioneering work in Catasetum intergeneric hybrids led to the development of several notable hybrids, most recently the grex, Fredclarkeara After Dark, which produced “the blackest flower ever witnessed”. This grex has received eight FCC’s and over 41 awards worldwide. Fred is an Accredited Judge in the Pacific South Judging Region. His plants have received hundreds of quality awards from the American Orchid Society.
Fred will be bringing plants to sell, pre-orders are welcome, go to his website: http://sunsetvalleyorchids.com/ and pick out the plants you would like Fred to bring with him. Send Fred an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, give him your order and your name and identify yourself as a member of Maryland Orchid Society and ask him to bring your order with him to Maryland for our Nov. 17th meeting.
There will be no shipping charge to you and you will receive a 10% discount. The pre-order deadline is November 13th. to Maryland for our Nov. 17th meeting. There will be no shipping charge to you and you will receive a 10% discount. The pre-order deadline is November 13th.