Claudio Rossi – “Nobile Dendrobiums: Past, Present, and Future”

Next Meeting: Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

Claudio Rossi of Cloud’s Orchids in Jordan Station, Ontario, Canada

According to Wikipedia, “Nobile dendrobiums have become a popular cultivated decorative house plant, because they produces colourful blooms in winter and spring, at a time when little else is in flower. It is also one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Its blooms are variegated in colour, shading from white through pink and purple, and the many different cultivated varieties produce different sized and coloured blooms. Nobile dendrobiums are epiphytic or lithophytic plants native to southern China (including Tibet), the Himalayas (India, Bangladesh, Assam, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan), and Indochina (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam). The species is also reportedly naturalized in Hawaii. It is also the national flower of Sikkim.”

Claudio Rossi has been growing orchids since 1975 and is usually associated by those in the orchid world with Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums. But, those who really know him know that Claudio is an aficionado of just about any genus. Claudio is an AOS judge, and regularly judges orchid shows and give lectures on orchid topics. He has been both a vendor and exhibitor at our Spring shows for many years.

Claudio started Cloud’s Orchids in the late 80’s with a strong emphasis on species and slipper orchids. Since its birth in a 300 sq. ft. greenhouse, Cloud’s Orchids has grown to a nursery operation of 39,000 sq. ft. on Canada’s Niagara Peninsula. No longer operating a retail location, Clouds Orchids focuses on their large nursery facility. They have entered into the wholesale market in a big way and now service a number of nurseries within Canada, the U.S. and even overseas. They open their retail facility once a month for the general public usually providing a workshop on orchids.

Due to the incredible hassles of currently required international plant transport paperwork, Claudio will NOT be bringing plants to sell at the September meeting – so members are permitted to bring in their own orchids for sale or trade.

We’ll be taking Claudio to dinner at Sticky Lips BBQ, 830 Jefferson Road in Henrietta. As usual, everyone pays for his or her own meal – except Claudio! If you’d like to join us, please contact Carol Butcher at 585-742-3403.