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Payneham Probus Club: Interest Groups


Payneham Probus has an active special interest group focussing on orchid cultivation.

It meets regularly during our refreshment break at each General Meeting. 

Full reports are published in our newsletter.


Growing Better Orchids


At the April Probus meeting I discussed with all members that it is time to look at your citrus trees for the citrus gall wasp again. Don Looker told me that there are small ‘nests’ appearing on the new growths which can be removed, or ‘painted’ with a glue, or similar.

I mentioned that it is time to prune or train horizontally, any climbing roses now, but because of the late season, pruning the bush type roses can wait until late July, but you can remove the ‘spent’ roses but don’t cut too much off yet as you                                                        may still get some flowers before winter.

                                                            Some orchids brought in to the meeting included, Cattleya , a species                                                                         cymbidium, and an encyclia. More detailed advice was given to members who                                                             attended the morning tea session on orchids – including tricks about how to                                                 repot them.

                                                            Attending this meeting included Jacqui Berry, Sara Kennedy, Libby Kosmala,                                                             Sylvia Williams and Janine Keulen.

                                                            We spoke about the need to reduce the temperature to get spikes on the moth                                                             orchid – now is an ideal time of year to try this, because the night temperatures                                                             are lower.

                                                            Libby bought in her moth orchid – and I explained that the moss that the plant is growing in, needs to be replaced as it holds too much moisture and can rot the roots.

Also, a new flower spike will eventually appear between the bottom leaf and the stem of the plant, and looks different to a root. I will repot the moth orchid for Libby and bring it in, next month.

Next month we will continue to discuss how to prepare the Cymbidium orchids and answer any other orchid questions!