FAQ for leaving plants at Chelsea

Groom Your Plant

You should remove dead or brown leaves and pseudobulbs from the plant. Trim dead or spotted areas from leaves if possible with a single edged razor blade, but not too early or edges will brown. Preferably consider removing the affected leaves. When cutting tips of leaves, be sure your cut follows the basic shape of the natural leaf ending. Make sure your plant is insect and disease free. Clean the leaves to remove calcium build up or other spotting. Remove trash, debris, dead leaves or stems and weeds from the pot. Stake the inflorescence to show the flower to its best advantage. If you can plan ahead of time it is best to train the inflorescence as it emerges and is soft, a mature inflorescence is hardened off and can break easily. Please be aware that the show team may remove your stake to arrange a more natural effect. If you have a problem with this please note this on your pot.

Identify Your Plant

To make sure your plant is properly labeled you may want to double-check the name spelling. For hybrids this can be done at http://apps.rhs.org.uk/horticulturaldatabase/orchidregister/orchidregister.asp - You can search by GREX (e.g. Cattleya Coastal Breeze, e.g. Paphiopedilum Liberty Taiwan) or by parents (e.g. Paphiopedilum micranthum x hangianum). Note that the site allows searching by wildcards: instructions can be found under "Notes on searching by ..." under the search box. For species you should use the Kew World Checklist at http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/prepareChecklist.do;jsessionid=B9CCD6385AC78393985F7D4E5AC0901B?checklist=selected_families%40%40306011120161710620

Once you verified the name, ensure you have a clearly written label for your plant.

Label the plant as your own

In order to ensure that we can easily identify the plant and get it back to you, you may want to add a freezer label or masking tape with the following information on the plant pot: plant name, your name, contact details.

Rare Plants

Note that plants will be collected during the week before the show, and that the plant will be returned to you after the show. This means that your plant will be away for maximum two weeks. If the plant cannot be replaced, or has special care requirements, you may want to check with our Displays Manager Mrs Galina Boyse (galina@blueyonder.co.uk) or one of the Committee members (http://www.osgb.org.uk/officers/index.html) before you arrange delivery.

Getting Your Plant to the Show.

Most likely you are not going to participate in setting up the exhibit. Arrangements will be made to transport your plant to the show. If you have any plants that may be in flower for Chelsea, please contact our Displays Manager Mrs Galina Boyse (galina@blueyonder.co.uk) or one of the Committee members (http://www.osgb.org.uk/officers/index.html). We would appreciate hearing from you 2-3 weeks before Chelsea starts so we can tell you where your nearest delivery/pickup point is or make arrangements for collection. This also allows time for research to be done on your plant name.

Prepare your plant for pick-up

Remove any wire hangers, hoops, etc. Water each plant thoroughly before pick-up. Place each plant carefully in a large box or container for transport, please use the folding crates that the OSGB supplied a few years ago as these can then be stored on site. To keep the plants from moving around and sustaining damage you can put crumpled newspaper around the pots. Some people use cotton batting, florists shred or other material to protect the flowers and inflorescences from damage during transport.


If you have any questions, please contact our Displays Manager Mrs Galina Boyse (galina@blueyonder.co.uk) or one of the Committee members (http://www.osgb.org.uk/officers/index.html).


Here’s a handy checklist to follow for preparing your plants.

Clean the pseudobulbs and leaves (water helps to soften the dry papery covering around mature pseudobulbs so that you can gently rub it off).

Make sure the media in the container is clean and free of weeds.

Trim dead or spotted areas from leaves if possible with a single edged razor blade, but not too early or edges will brown.

Do not use commercial spray to shine the leaves, it is not good for the plant.

Carefully inspect plant for pests and if any are found remove them with alcohol and a Q tip. If there is a bad infestation, do not bring the plant to the show.

Inspect the flowers for thrips and other damage. If a flower is marred by the spots of Botrytis fungus it is better to leave the plant at home.

Carefully stake the inflorescence if this will help present the flowers to their best advantage. If you can plan ahead of time it is best to train the inflorescence as it emerges and is soft, a mature inflorescence is hardened off and can break easily.

Provide the plant information to our Display Manager before you arrange pick-up.

Guide in Pictures

Figure 1: Removing sheets

Figure 2: Wipe and clean leaves

Figure 3: Wipe the pot

Figure 4: Label your pot

Figure 5: Stake flowers

Figure 6: How to pack plants

Figure 7: How NOT to pack plants

OSGB Spring Show at RHS Garden Wisley

In a few week's time, we will hold the Orchid Society's Spring Show. The show will be held Saturday 18 March, at RHS Wisley, in the Glasshouse Gallery.

What can I expect at the OSGB spring show?
Members can bring plants to be judged. Trophies will be presented at 15:00. There will also be several orchid displays. The OSGB will run several orchid potting demonstrations at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00. And of course there will be plenty of opportunity to network and talk with other OSGB members and orchid enthusiasts.

Where is the show and what are the shows opening times?
The show is held at RHS Wisley in the Glasshouse Gallery (for directions on how to get to RHS Wisley Gardens see how to get there, for a map of the gardens see the visitor map). The show is open to the general public from 10:00 to 16:30.

Is there an admission fee for the event?
There is no extra entrance fee for the OSGB spring show. However you will need to pay for admission to the RHS Garden Wisley (for more information see admission fees). If you are an RHS member, admission is free, but make sure you don't forget your RHS membership card.

If I want to bring plants to be judged, what do I need to know?
Displays may be set up between 8:00 and 8:45. The same applies to individual plants, which will have to be brought to the show at the same time.

Note that members that need to deliver plants can use the delivery entrance. Note that to get there, follow the instructions to The Wisley Golf Club (Mill Lane, Ripley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QU), which is only accessible from the southbound carriageway of the A3. Once you are on Mill Lane, drive for around 300 yards and continue until the main road turns to the right. Just before the junction which leads to the Golf Club entry, you will see a large grey-coloured metal gate on your right. The road through the leads via a narrow road up to the back to The Glasshouse. For more information see here.

The Mill Lane gate is only accessible for entry between 7.45 and 8.45 for plants to be entered into the show. Cars will then need to be moved to the Wisley main car park for the day.

All plants brought, will be inspected to ensure they are healthy and pest free: suspect plants may be denied entry. Please ensure you allow enough time. OSGB members wishing to enter their plants into the competition should send a list of the plants and competition class (if you know it) to Dusha Hayes, Chair of the Judging Subcommittee by post or e-mail (see our officers page for information)

Judging will start 9:00 and will be completed by 10:00.

20th Annual Orchid Fair

On 6th and 7th May 2017 the Scottish Orchid Society and the Management of Glasgow Botanic Garden will be hosting the 20th Annual Orchid Fair in Kibble Palace, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow.
The fair this year is to celebrate the bi-centennial of the founding of the Botanic Garden.  There will be an open meeting of the RHS Orchid Committee on Saturday afternoon and also a BOC Judging Symposium on Sunday.  For more information on the Botanic Gardens visit www.glasgowbotanicgardens.com

The OSGB will be putting on a display so please allow us to show your plants at this event.  The display team will be pleased to submit them for award to the RHS committee if required.  Please email Val Micklewright at val@micklewright.com if you have plants for this event.

November meeting on SECOND Saturday

Our November meeting in Napier Hall will be held on the SECOND Saturday of the month, 12th November. This is to avoid clashiing with the British Orchid Council Congress in Noriwch on 5 and 6 November.

November's speaker will be Scott Barrie, owner of Barrita Orchids near Sydney, Australia who is visiting the UK this autumn on a BOC-sponsored lecture tour. Scott is responsible for breeding a wide range of exciting and colourful Sarcochilus and his topic will be Sarcochilus - Barrita Style.

Sarcochilus (Kulnura Ripple x Bunyip) is one of Barrita Orchids' exciting new hybrids (photo by Sam Hurley)

Western Australia Orchid Spectacular - August 2017

W.A. Orchid Spectacular Conference & Show
Rendezvous Hotel, West Coast H/W, Scarborough, Western Australia
5th & 6th August 2017

Dear Orchid Aficionado
GOOD NEWS regarding the W.A. Orchid Spectacular Conference & Show in 2017

Planning is moving apace with a number of world renowned orchid identities already accepting our invitation to present lectures for the Conference Registrants. All our overseas speakers will give two talks and bring orchid flasks for sale at the event. Pre orders will be taken for these. This is an opportunity not to be missed!! Further info as it comes to hand.

In keeping with our efforts to bring the best to WA, we offer the following speakers for your enjoyment.

Holger Perner is recognised as a world authority on Chinese Paphiopedilums and has lived and worked in China for the last 15 years, researching Paphs through his and his wife’s own orchid nursery Hengduan Mountains Biotechnology. Holger will give two talks at the W.A. Orchid Spectacular Conference & Show in 2017, and this will be a ‘must’ for all Paph lovers.

Marni Turkel is a hobby grower who has been growing orchids since 1980 at her home in Santa Rosa, California, and now has three greenhouses for orchids of differing climates. Marni has been flasking her own seedlings since 2009. Her lab is brimming over with flasks of vigorous seedlings of rare and choice species not available anywhere else. Many of the species she is propagating for sale have never been offered before.

Bill Thoms is ‘The’ world authority on Bulbophyllums, (the largest genus in the orchid world!) their culture, and hybridizing. Bill and his wife, Doris, have been growing orchids around Central Florida for almost 45 years and have received almost every award granted by the AOS as well as more Awards for Culture than anyone else in the world, (83 in over 26 genera, including 36 in the Bulbophyllum alliance (capped off with a 96 pt. Certificate of Cultural Excellence for Bulb. Frank Smith ‘The King’).

Bill says of his flasking…” I want you to be happy. If you are not happy with anything for any reason (other than my humor), I will make it right. I will treat you just like I would like to be treated. This isn't just the old runaround. I promise.”

Mark Brundrett is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Environment and Conservation in Swan Region and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. He has also provided botanical expertise to the Environmental Protection Agency for environmental impact assessment and policy development. His orchid research focused on the conservation of WA orchids in a 4 year project which helped conserve critically endangered orchids in the Western Australian Wheatbelt by obtaining knowledge required for sustainable management and directly contributing to recovery actions.

All this (and more) for the WAOS Registrants in August 2017, for a very reasonable $100 for the first Registrant and $75 for an accompanying Registrant which includes the Opening Ceremony


The venue will be the Ballroom of the Rendezvous Hotel at Scarborough WA, which overlooks the famous Scarborough Beach. The hotel management has promised us their special room rate for registrants, so look out for this in future Bulletins. Complimentary internet access is available throughout the hotel, including event spaces. Scarborough Beach is about a 20 minute drive north west of Perth and is serviced by regular buses from the city. The venue is surrounded by many restaurants and cafes offering a wide variety of cuisines.

It is planned to have the show set up and judging completed on Friday the 4th August, and open to the public on both Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th August with the lecture program and public workshops on both days.

The WAOS Conference web site is now on line and will be updated from time to time as we have further news and information for you. http://www.waorchids.iinet.net.au/WAOS_2017.htm

Planning for the 5 day Orchid Tour of the Midwest of Western Australia for Registrants, will be a major attraction for many interstate lovers of Australian native orchids. Places on the tour led by Andrew Brown will be extremely limited, so do get in fast if you do not want to miss out. You can register your interest on our‘Expressions of Interest’ page on the Conference web site.http://www.waorchids.iinet.net.au/WAOS_2017.htm

It is, of course, early days, as the conference is still some time away, but it is never too soon to be making your plans to visit us in 2017.

We urge all orchid societies to reprint this Bulletin, and any other material from our web site in your club newsletters.

Should you have any queries or questions regarding theWAOS 2017, feel free to contact the Chairman, Bruce Larson (bruce@pegasusconsulting.org) the or the Webmaster, Tony Watkinson (waos@iinet.net.au )