Neal, and his wife Sue, started growing orchids in the 70’s,
orchids from the Rod McLellan Co. on the end of his kitchen table.
there wasn’t enough room for Neal and Sue to eat dinner they
built a small
on the driveway.
In the early 80’s Neal left his job at
SRI to take over
houseplant business at a local nursery. Of course, orchids were
the 3000 sq ft greenhouse that housed the houseplant business.
After only a few
the nursery was sold for development and Neal took a job with
his friend Gerardus Staal worked. Neal worked in as a Research
Development at Zoecon/Sandoz Crop Protection until the facility
In the meantime, Neal and Sue rented
growing space from Robert
Hagar, and later Bob Jones in Watsonville, and sold orchids at
and faires. The long drive to Watsonville each weekend eventually
and they built a greenhouse at their East Palo Alto home.
Initially Neal grew
and other warm growers, but over time switched to growing
and SLCs under intermediate conditions. About four years ago, Neal
over to growing cool growers, especially Odontoglossums, which he
wanted to grow.
The talk will include discussion on cool conditions, culture,
plants to grow, and some
on selecting Odontoglossum alliance plants for other temperature