Become a member of American Orchid Society
The Benefits Of MembershipIf you are not already a member, membership in the American Orchid Society is a truly rewarding experience. Whether a beginner or an expert orchid grower you will find information to inform and inspire in both our print and on-line media. Join others worldwide who share a passion for orchids, as well as supporting AOS conservation and research efforts for these wondrous plants.
Join today and begin receiving a wealth of membership benefits including:
Membership DiscountsThe following vendors extend AOS members a 5% discount on all purchases as an added benefit of membership:
Exotic Orchids of Maui, Krull-Smith, Orchid Doctor, Orchid Inn, Ltd, Seagrove Orchids, Sunset Valley Orchids, and Woodstream Orchids.
Two-year new memberships and renewals for two-years receive, mailed from AOS headquarters, a special coupon worth $30 off of an order of $100 or more from your choice of one of the following vendors:
Carmela Orchids, Carter & Holmes, Dan & Margie Orchids,Exotic Orchids of Maui, Gold Country Orchids, Hillsview Gardens, Indoor Gardening Supplies (IGS), Kelley's Korner Orchid Supplies, Krull-Smith,Little Brook Orchids,Marsh Hollow Orchids, Mountain View Orchids, New Earth Orchids, Norman's Orchids, OFE International , Orchid Doctor, Orchid Inn Ltd., Piping Rock Orchids, Quest Orchids, RF Orchids, Ravenvision, Roberts Flower Supply,Soroa Orchids, Inc., Sunset Valley Orchids, Tropical Gardens Orchids.
When should I re-pot? When an orchid plant starts to grow over the edge of the pot,it is time to re-pot it!
Orchid plants need repotting for one or
a combination of two main factors:
Potting mix breaks down, often evidenced
by dead roots, or the plant outgrowing
the container. In the first case, a
larger pot may not be required, simply
replace the growing medium. In the
second case, the plant may need dividing
or may be shifted into a larger pot.
Fresh media should always be used. A
good general rule of thumb is to pot for
the bottom of the plant, the root
system, and not for the top, the foliage.
There is no doubt growing orchids is good
for your health. Some 15-30% of heart
attacks are caused by high levels of stress.
So many of us, after a long day of going and
going, just want to take a few minutes (or
longer) with our plants. Tending to or just
looking at our orchids, helps us to relax
and can relieve the stress of the day.
Can't get enough good air? Those with
large collections can. 300-400 plants are
needed to produce enough oxygen to
sustain one adult human. OK, we know pride
comes before destruction, but all of us have
to admit that we feel just a little better
when we do a nice job of growing our plants
and when they bloom, Look Out! But
seriously, people that love to grow orchids
are some of the nicest and most relaxed
people you will ever meet.