June 3 - June 5, 2016
At the Winchester Mystery House (R)
We are very fortunate to have some of the world's finest orchid growers as vendors for the San Jose Orchid Exposition 2016. We have selected orchid growers with the highest quality plants and top breeding in fields of their speciality. You'll find a wide selection of orchid choices for growing under your conditions, whether you have a bright window sill indoors or you grow your orchids in a protected location outdoors in frost free to mild frost areas of the San Francisco Bay Area. Just ask these orchid experts for some excellent recommendations based on your conditions.
Santa Barbara, California www.calorchid.com 805.967.1312
Cal-Orchid is owned and operated by James and Lauris Rose. In the early 1970’s the Roses began their orchid careers in the commercial realm and eventually purchased their own nursery in 1987. When you call or visit you will be assisted by James and Lauris, not sales clerks. That is a combined experience of 60+ years. The Roses have always been active in the orchid world, traveling for shows, sales, or lecturing. Where ever possible, they are generous with their time in personally visiting with customers about orchid culture. Don’t miss their weekend sales events. A good time is had by all.
The inventory at Cal-Orchid is very diverse and reflects the interests of not only the current marketplace, but many trips to foreign locales. James has long been known to have a sharp eye for the unusual and these are featured in the website. However, as with all nurseries, it pays to ask if you are looking for something you don’t find listed. Plants may be available, but in quantities too small to list.
Cal-Orchid’s “Pacific” line of hybrid reed-stem Epidendrum represents the finest in the world. These masterfully refined plants, stouter for the type, feature strong upright stems holding massive globes of incredibly bright flowers a veritable kaleidoscope of vibrant color from yellow, reds, oranges, pinks, salmons and delightful “tropical” combinations. Excellent for a long lasting flower display! Put on your sunglasses before you visit their website…these Cal-Orchid Epidendrum pictures are going to knock your eyes out!
(above) Slc. Sierra Doll copyright 2010. All rights reserved
Sacramento, California www.goldcountryorchids.com 916.645.8600
Alan Koch owns and operates Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleya. Alan started growing orchids in 1969 with 3 Cymbidiums given to him by an aunt. While in college, he became interested in other orchids and discovered many would grow outdoors in Southern California. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 300,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature Cattleya breeding. Alan has been published in the Orchid Digest, and the American Orchid Society magazines. He has also been published in the proceedings of the World Orchid Conference. He is an internationally known speaker. He is a past member of the AOS Judging Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as an Accredited Judge and is Vice-chair and Training Coordinator for the California Sierra Nevada Judging Center. Alan also served two terms on the Orchid Digest Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and is one of the current directors, as well as a Trustee for the AOS.
Regardless of the type of orchid, Gold Country plants are grown and bred for an easy transition into your home or greenhouse. Generally orchids are easier to grow than people are led to believe. A few basic rules apply to growing orchids in your home. A southern or eastern window is best, however a western window can also work if it is not too hot. Never allow the foliage to be warm to the touch. The light should be bright and indirect for the most part. Direct winter sun or direct morning sun is usually alright. Leaves should be plump and a nice medium green in color. The number one reason why plants don’t flower in the home is not enough light. Don’t set your orchids on top of a television or refrigerator, as this may cook them. Water your orchids well from the top when they are dry, letting the water run thoroughly thru the pot. And don’t let them sit in water. Humidity trays will help, but you can be successful without them. Fertilize them after watering with a general purpose 20-20-20 plant food every other time you water. In general you will be watering about once a week. Most of our plants are bred to flower at least twice a year by following these cultural instructions. Some of Alan’s beautiful orchids are featured on this page.
Behold the sacred Samurai Orchid Neofinettia falcata. These Japanese imports are a delight to grow. Even when they are not in bloom their striking fans of leaves speak of Japanese tradition and contemporary art. The flowers are unique, each looking like a small Samurai sword with a delicious vanilla fragrance. These orchids are propagated traditionally by division. Durable to heat and frost this species and it's many variants are not to be missed. Seed Engei also features Sedirea japonica, another fragrant easy growing Japanese orchids. You'll find these little green wonders are real pets...thankfully their small size makes them space savers for a grower with just a small windowsill!
PRE-ORDERS ARE WELCOME
It is certainly always fun to attend an orchid sales even and wait to see what your favorite orchid growers have brought with them, however, we encourage you to arrange pre-orders for specific items of interest or those hard-to-find orchids on your wish list.
Every orchid grower has a tough choice deciding what small sampling of their extensive inventory to bring along with them. So don't hesitate to let them know about items you'd like to purchase from them at the show. You'll save on shipping and packing charges when you do!