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Bert Akitake — Growing Vanilla Plants
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 p.m.

Bert Akitake, Maryland Orchid Society May 17, 2018

          Our speaker this month is Bert K. Akitake, MD. Bert is currently the president of the Maui Orchid Society, and has been their president for the past five years. He often speaks to Maui groups and meetings about growing orchids in general and also in the growing of Vanilla. He is not a commercial grower, but an enthusiast who has become particularly interested in Vanilla culture. He grows his orchid plants around his home in Wailuku, Hawaii, where the warm weather is very favorable to growing orchids outside.
          He has been an orchid enthusiast for over 20 years, and actively growing orchids for 15 years. Approximately 10 years ago he began growing Vanilla when he happened upon a gentlemen who was selling Vanilla cuttings at the local swap meet. Since that time he has learned many vagaries that can happen when growing the Vanilla pod. He became successful, and was able to understand the processing and production of Vanilla pods that are acceptable for sale.
          His presentation will be from a grower’s prospective to Vanilla culture, with emphasis on practical tips associated with Vanilla care.


Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer The MOS brings together people interested in orchids to promote and encourage orchid culture, preservation, education propagation, hybridization, and all other orchid-related activities of interest to its members. Benefits of membership include a subscription to the Newsletter (email and web), voting rights, borrowing privileges from the MOS Library, monthly guest speakers, local judging, valuable door prizes, and much, much, more!

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If you are interested in orchid culture and would like to meet others with similar interests, we cordially invite you to join the ranks of Marylanders already enjoying the benefits of membership in the Maryland Orchid Society.

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The official MOS official address is P.O. Box 50097, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

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Maryland Orchid Society - Board of Trustees
2016 - 2018

Officers
President   Sarah L. Spence
Vice President   Joan M. Roderick
Treasurer   Aaron Webb
Secretary   Suzanne Gaertner
     
 Directors
Lee Lundy
Joel Graham
 
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Clark Riley
Library   Norma Lynch
Membership   Marilyn Lauffer
Newsletter   Barbara Buck
Program   Jean Hedrick
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Joan Roderick
Show Table   Tom McBride
Sunshine   Janice Mazur
Website   Clark Riley
 
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