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The Maryland Orchid Society meets the third Thursday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. See the Meetings page for a full timetable.

Inclement Weather Policy:

     If a snow emergency is declared or in effect in either Baltimore City or Baltimore County as of noon or later on the day of our meeting, the scheduled meeting will be cancelled. Snow emergencies lifted before noon will not cancel a meeting. Refer to the Maryland Coordinated Highway Action Response Team (CHART) website for the latest snow emergency information.
     We will distribute an email message to members confirming a cancellation as soon as it is known. Information may also be posted on the MOS website.

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MOS Exhibit at the SEPOS show 2022

Maryland Orchid Society
January Meeting
Barb Schmidt, Raising Show Quality Orchids
Thursday, January 19, 7 p.m.
in person and Zoom

     Barb will bring copies of her book, “Orchid Care: For the Beginner” to sell. It sells online for $18.95, but she sells it at $15.00 autographed at her talks.
     I have the privilege of presenting my talk, “Raising Show Quality Orchids,” for your orchid society on Thursday, January 19, 2023. I have been raising orchids for 15 years and showing them at the Philadelphia Flower Show since 2010. My first foray into showing orchids was a First Place Ribbon in the Novice Phalaenopsis Class for my Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope in 2010. I would like to take full credit for that ribbon, but I am pretty sure that luck had more to do with it than my ability at raising orchids.
     Accepting the fact that raising show quality orchids would always be a skill that is tempered with luck, I began to research how to best increase my odds at winning. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry, so I began with researching orchid physiology and growth conditions. When my orchids still were not winning, I investigated how orchids were judged; and what characteristics the judges are looking for. My patience and research finally paid off in 2019 when my Phalaenopsis schilleriana won first place in the Master Orchid Class for species orchids.
     I do not want to give away too much of my 2023 presentation, but here are some tips for preparing your orchids for shows that you can get started now. First, orchids are very cyclic. Given the correct growth conditions, they will bloom very near the same time each year. If you will be entering an orchid in a March show, the easiest thing to do is pick an orchid that consistently blooms in March. That being said, orchids can be “timed” to have their blooms appear when you want them, but this is a tedious process that requires the ability to control growth conditions.
     Speaking of growth conditions, one of the most important factors to consider when raising orchids is if each specific genus has the correct amount of sunlight. The photosynthesis reaction is driven by sunlight, so too little sunlight produces lower amounts of carbohydrates. The orchid uses its stored carbohydrates for plant growth and blooming. If it has to pick one of those processes because it does not have enough carbohydrates for both, it will pick plant growth. This means you will get fewer or smaller blooms. So, make sure you are giving each orchid genus the amount of light it needs. Other things to consider are applying orchid fertilizer while it is growing and making sure it is getting enough water. When an orchid is growing or blooming, it requires more water.
     To be continued…. If anyone has a specific question prior to January 2023, feel free to email me at, check out my website and look through the “Orchid Facts” or “Orchid Instructions” tabs, or go to and look at the Culture Sheets.

     The meeting will begin with the December-January Virtual Show Table, in-person and by Zoom.

Maryland Orchid Society Membership Renewal 2022–2023

Maryland Orchid Society Membership renewal 2022-2023
Click on image to download form.

     It’s time to renew your Maryland Orchid Society membership for 2022–2023. In addition to our monthly meetings open to all, membership benefits include the newsletter, eligibility for the show table and the awards and prizes pertaining thereto, and eligibility to put up plants for auction.

     Of course, the most importamt benefit is knowing that your financial contribution ensures the promotion of orchid culture in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and DC!

     This year, we have leapt into modern times and have added a number of convenient ways to pay your dues.
  1. You can fill out and print out the attached membership form above and pay with a check at the meeting or by USPS.
  2. You can fill out and print out the attached membership form above and pay with a credit card at the meeting! (Thank you, Brenda, for engineering this triumph!)
  3. You can pay online RIGHT NOW using the secure link in the membership form above or clicking the PayPal icon below. You do NOT need a PayPal account — you can use a credit card for a secure online transaction, though you can, of course, use your PayPal account if you have one. (Thank you to Brenda and Bob and Susan Travers for this leap forward!)

Maryland Orchid Society PayPal checkout

Susan and Bob Tavers's Show take list

If you missed Susan and Bob's fabulous talk on getting ready for an orchid exhibit, here is a PDF copy of their time-tested Exhibit Tale List. Download your own and print.

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!

Click here to download a copy of the Maryland Orchid Society Membership Flyer, a beautiful full color poster to place wherever there are people needing the benefits of our fellowship!

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.

To join, mail an application form.

We invite articles, notices, etc. for inclusion in our monthly newsletter, deadline for inclusion is first Sunday of the month.

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

The Missions Statement of The Maryland Orchid Society

Mission Statement of the Maryland Orchid Society

Maryland Orchid Society ByLaws available HERE ☜!

President   John Heinbokel
Vice President   Robert Travers
Treasurer   Brenda Logan
Secretary   Diane Elam
Past President   Sarah Spence
Chris Zajac
Kathi Jackson
Committee Chairs
AOS/ODC Rep.   Valerie Lowe
Auction   Aaron Webb
Away Shows   Valerie Lowe
Education/Activities   David Smith, Eric Wiles
Hospitality   Margaret Smith
House   Marc Kiriou
Library   Wanda Kuhn
Membership   Sarah Spence
Newsletter   Barbara Buck
Program   Fay Citerone
Refreshments   Barbara Buck
Show   Marc Kiriou
Show Table   Joel Graham
Social Media   Joel Graham
Sunshine   Pat Schiavi
Website   Clark Riley
Member Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA)

MNLGA Maryland Nursery Landscape and Greenhouse Association

If you have MOS expenses, a blank reimbursement form is available ⇨here⇦.

If you have MOS expenses, a fillable PDF reimbursement form is available ⇨here⇦.

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