Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for May 17

Oklahoma City area home and garden notes for May 17.
Oklahoman Published: May 17, 2014

CALENDAR

For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to mhowell@opubco.com. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication.

MEETINGS

•African Violet Society of Oklahoma City, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland, Room 194. Call 256-6881 or 376-3369.

•Oklahoma Horticultural Society, 7 p.m. May 27, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. Speaker is David Hillock, Oklahoma State University consumer horticulturist. Program is on Oklahoma Proven Program for outstanding landscape plants for Oklahoma promoted by OSU and the Oklahoma Botanical Garden. Free. Door prizes. Refreshments will be served.

•Apogon Iris Garden Club, noon luncheon, May 28, 1941 NW 17. Hosted by P. Sullens and T. Bohlman. Program is “How does my Garden Grow or Survive a Hot Dry Summer?” Speaker is radio talk show host Vivian Stewart and a panel of Apogon Iris gardeners. Call 751-1145.

WORKSHOPS

•Jr. Master Gardener class, 9 a.m. June 12 and 3:30 p.m. June 21, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Youths ages 9 to 11 can learn about gardening through this hands-on workshop. Class is offered June 12 and June 21 and is limited to 20. Pre-registration is due by June 13. Call 713-1125.

EVENTS

•Splendor in the Gardens, June 19, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Evening will include a VIP sponsor reception, followed by a farm-to-table feast served at on the Great Lawn. Drinks and dancing will follow dinner. Sponsorships are available for $500 per couple. Individual tickets will be available after May 8. Call 297-3995.

IN THE GARDEN

Orchids are not hard to grow

Contrary to popular belief, most orchids are not finicky or hard to grow. Many can be grown inside of your home or office. The key to success in orchid growing is selecting the right type of orchid for the kind of growing environment that you can provide for it.

The six main factors to consider for orchid growing are light, temperature, water, humidity, air movement and fertilization. Considering that there are more than 25,000 species and more than 250,000 hybrids of orchids, there is an orchid for everyone.

A good beginning and long-lasting orchid is the Phalaenopsis. “Phals,” also called “moth orchids,” are readily available. Phals will hold their blooms, sometimes for months, and will often re-bloom on the same spike. After a rest period and with proper care, it will bloom again usually the following spring. Phalaenopsis are low-light plants, making them a good choice for home or office. If they are not overwatered, are given a low dose of fertilizer now and then, and light from an east window or fluorescent you can enjoy your orchid for many years.

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