It’s time again for the annual fundraising orchid sale held by the members of the Naples Orchid Society. The gym at the Moorings Presbyterian Church will be packed on Saturday, November 9th, from noon to 3 PM. All the plants for sale come from members’ own collections, donations from orchid growers throughout the state and from purchases made by a selection committee. Each year many different kinds of plants are offered—the variety is amazing.
This year’s featured plants include Brassolaelia Yellow Bird, which is a large orchid with clusters of 3 to 4 flowers on a spike. Yellow Bird blooms at least several times a year. Brassocattleya Maikai blooms around Christmas and produces large, lovely lavendar-pink flowers. These are fragrant at night. Brassavola Little Stars is also a fall and early winter bloomer and has a wonderful, strong night-time perfume. Schombocatonia Garnet Glory ‘Juno Beach’ has bright red-orange two-inch flowers in clusters. It usually blooms in May and the flowers will last for at least two months. Come early to get any of these!
Many hybrid and species orchids are offered for sale. Some will be specimen plants, large enough to be divided or used as display plants. 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 and up, depending on the size and type of orchid. Most plants are donated by members of the society from repottingdivisions 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 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. Many plants will have photos of the blooms available. 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. Other plants and orchid related items will be offered as well. Memberships to the Society ($40 for individuals, $50 for families) also will be sold and will be good through December, 2014. You can sign up at the sale for the popular and value-priced Orchid Culture Class (January 11-February 15, 2014, $50 members, $60 non-members, limited to 50 participants.)
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. Admission is free admission. For more information about the sale, call 239-404-1916 or 239-775-5220. For more information about the Naples Orchid Society, go to www.NaplesOrchidSociety.org.