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Joining an Orchid Society

Out of all flowering or the ornamental plants, orchids are probably the least understood. Some people think orchids are parasitic plants, while others view them are hybrids of plants like lilies. Many nursery owners too show lack knowledge about orchids. Even in the orchid rich areas, there is not much awareness about them.

Now, you are deeply into orchid growing and your orchids are facing a pest attack. The nursery from where you bought your orchid does not help you much. What would you do now? Another orchid does not flower or there is no visible sign of growth. But, you have no idea whom to ask.

How to counter this? Let tell you that many orchid experts as well as experienced orchid growers have formed groups or societies. Some of these are also active online. These groups organise exhibitions, seminars and even informal get-togethers where orchids are exhibited and a lot of knowledge is shared. Some societies also publish journals, which carry articles on general practices as well as recently developed techniques.

The advantages of joining an orchid society are many. You can make friends with people following same goals. Within this group, you can seek advice. If it is a local group, all the better (as you can get advice in accordance with local conditions).

Within the group any new information can be easily assessed or shared. Members can discuss better ways or different techniques of growing orchids and fighting pests and diseases.

Being a part of an orchid group is like many brains put together instead of one. New ideas keeping coming and your interest in orchids will not fade. Instead, the more involved you get with your group the better you will get at orchid growing.

You will also have opportunities of getting involved with shows/exhibitions being put by the group. This is a very good way of getting to know the requirements of putting up your own orchid for show.

If you have not joined any such group or society as yet, then do join one. I, too, am a ‘Life Member’ of ‘The Orchid Society of India’. This society publishes a newsletter and an annual journal. This is largely a research oriented society, but still it serves my purpose.

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