The class Orchids 101 will cover basic orchid biology, ecology, cultivation, and propagation, with demonstrations of proper watering, repotting, and mounting techniques. Topics covered will include:
- Basic information about where orchids are found and how they grow in the wild
- Some interesting facts about the history of orchid cultivation
- Detailed explanation of how to care for orchids in your home
- Discussion of popular cultivated orchid genera and their care, including what grows well in Colorado
- Discussion of repotting, mounting, and dividing with demonstrations of each
- Discussion of common orchid pests and diseases, and how to control them
- Basic orchid nutrition and how/when to apply fertilizer
- Question and answer/orchid ailment diagnosis portion
Instructor: Andrew Hatch is current president of the Denver Orchid Society, and has been growing orchids for fifteen years. He attended Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in Soil and Crop Science in the Plant Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding concentration. He and his wife own Rikki’s Tropicals, a specialty orchid and bromeliad nursery in Fort Collins, where they live with their two children, Rikki and Franklin.
Price: $44, $39 members
Special Instructions: Attendees are encouraged to bring plants that have problems that need diagnosing, and will each receive an orchid to take home. This will be a hands-on class, and active participation and questions are encouraged!