By Kit Kitchen-Maran
Gorgeous colors of gold, red, yellow; splashes of orange and brown and lots of green—does it sound like it’s the annual leaf-viewing tour? Instead, it’s the Fall Orchid Plant Sale; the annual fundraising event put on by the members of the Naples Orchid Society. The plants come from members’ own collections, donations from orchid growers throughout the state or from purchases made by a selection committee. Every year different plants are offered and the variety is amazing.
Many different kinds of orchids are offered for sale. Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Phalaenopsis, Vandas, Oncidiums and others will be available. Most will be potted, a few will be mounted and some will be bare-root and will need potting. All will be healthy plants and certified pest-free by the Florida Department of Agriculture. Prices will range from $8.00 and up, depending on the size and type of orchid. Most plants are donated by members of the society from repotting divisions and duplications.
Raffle tickets will be sold to customers waiting in line until about 12:30 PM. At that time, three winning tickets will be drawn and the winners will receive lovely, blooming orchid plants. The tickets will cost $1.00 apiece or six tickets for $5.00.
Some plants will not be in bloom at the time of the sale, however, most are of blooming size and members of the society will be present to offer information about the care and growing habits of the plants. Often, members will be able to tell you what color and how long blooms last on the plants. How-to culture sheets about each genus will be available as well. These leaflets are from the American Orchid Society and explain what each genus needs as far as light, watering, fertilizing, growing temperature and general care.
It is best to get to the sale early for the best choices. Memberships to the Society ($40 for individuals, $50 for families) also will be sold and will be good through December, 2013, and the popular Orchid Culture Class will be accepting students (January 12-February 16, 2013, $50 members, $60 non-members, limited to 50 participants.)
So run for the orchids on November 3, at the Naples Orchid Society’s annual Fall Orchid Sale. The hours have been reduced to 12:00 to 3:00 P.M. Doors open at the stroke of twelve at the Baker Center Gym, Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples, 34103. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted and admission is free. For more information about the sale, call 239-404-1916 or 239-262-0987 or go to www.NaplesOrchidSociety.org