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Autumn 2011 Newsletter


Murray Shergold, co-proprietor of Easy Orchids who suffered a severe stroke back in January of this year is progressing well with his rehabilitation.

Murray is still in Brisbane’s Greenslopes Hospital but we expect he will shortly be moved to Ballina Hospital which is less than half an hour from his home and nursery.

Murray and wife Jean would like to thank all those who have conveyed their kind thoughts and for their generous support during this difficult time.


We are overstocked on a number of our juvenile Orchid lines, our miscalculations may well be to your advantage!

Starting next week we will commence our pre-winter stock shuffle, as we identify our overstocked lines we will offering them to you at a discounted prices, sale plants will consist of both existing and new stocks.

Discounted lines will be only offered via our online shop at www.easyorchids.com.

Don't forget to check regularly as discounted plants will only appear briefly until we reduce our stock levels.


We have resently updated our online flask list, we have added some new and exciting species and hybrids with just enough time for those of you south of us to deflask and harden up them off before winter.


On April 8th-10th will be attending the Sydney International Orchid Fair which will be held at the Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground on the Corner of Showground and Carrington Roads, Castle Hill.Sydney NSW.

Featuring over 20 top NSW and interstate orchid nurseries and specialist plant growers.

Ther will be Orchid sales, book sales, fertilisers, Clivias, Iris, Bromeliads, Carnivorous plants and much, much more.

And on 16th & 17th of April we will be at The 7th Collectors' Plant Fair Woodgreen, 25 Powells Road, Bilpin NSW.

The Collectors’ Plant Fair showcases growers of special plants – growers selling plants that are not easy to come by in regular retail outlets – plants that are distinctive, unusual and collectable.

Growers come from Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and all over NSW.

The Fair is a must for keen gardeners whether you have an established garden, or are creating a new garden.

It offers a huge range of plants suitable for coastal gardens or inland gardens – for the tropical garden, the cottage garden, country estate or balcony.

It offers the opportunity to find that hard-to-get-hold of plant to add to your collection.

As always we are more than happy to bring along any plants or product to save you the cost of shipping.


Easy Orchids will be conducting tours to and from the 2011 World Orchid Conference in Singapore


  • 4.5 star Grand Park Hotel in Singapore/centrally situated close to MRT/shopping/major attractions and WOC venue.

  • Breakfasts and internet access included

  • Air travel with the first class airline Singapore Airlines

  • Fully escorted post conference tours to either Vietnam, Malaysia or Thailand

Jean Shergold is currently in Vietnam on a fact finding mission for that leg of the tour.

For the latest information on this tour please vist our WOC page on our website.


Today we were privileged to host 45 members of the Caboolture Orchid Society for a look around, chat and BBQ lunch at our nursery.

The timing of their visit was impeccable with a pleasantly mild and dry day unlike the muggy and wet weather we had been experiencing during the past week.

On hand to be of service was myself, Greg Staader and fellow senior staff members Allan Staader and Andrew Smith, we hope the society members all had as a pleasant and informative day as we did.


As many of you would know there has been a problem with the continuity of supply of Orchidmate coconut husk chip.

The supply problem is due to the unprecedented long wet season in the region of Sri Lanka that we source this product, our supplier has been unable to get the chip sufficiently dry to bale it.

We believe that supply will resume in the not to distant future and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Rod Pattison, aka The Fernman will be opening his Rare Plant Garden as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme on the 9th and 10th of April.

Where: 447 Miles Platting Road, Rochedale. Admittance only $6

Rod's Rare Plant Garden boasts the largest native fern and variegated plant collection anywhere in Australia, which is skilfully displayed on trees, rocks and in ground. Amongst many vivid foliage plants are staghorns, elkhorns, calatheas, brugmansias, bromeliads and orchids: it's a plant-lover's heaven under a canopy of huge rainforest trees. This is one not to be missed.


The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. Version 1, released in December 2010, aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).

It contains 1,244,871 million scientific plant names of which 298,900 are accepted species names.Collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden enabled the creation of The Plant List.

Until next time Good Growing,

The Team at Easy Orchids