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Carnival of color: Mardi Gras-themed show features variety of orchids.

The New Mexico Orchid Guild is keeping the spirit of Mardi Gras alive this month with its 2019 spring show.

Matthew Polmanter received Novice First Place for his Phalaenopsis NOID at the March New Mexico Orchid Guild meeting. (Courtesy of Barb Biel)

Masked in Mystery Mardi Gras, which runs March 29-31, will feature a large, central orchid display with a Mardi Gras theme. It will incorporate beads, masks and all the bright and lively baubles you might find on a Fat Tuesday parade float.

New Mexico Orchid Guild members will bring more than 100 orchids from their collections to display. Eventgoers also will have the opportunity to purchase various orchid varieties. Orchids cost about $15 and up. Orchid pots and potting supplies also will be available for purchase.

“There are going to be different species and hybrids from growers throughout the (United States) and a lot from Hawaii,” said Keith Mead, president of New Mexico Orchid Guild. “There are going to be plants you won’t find at a big-box store, but they’re going to be priced like a big-box store.”

Orchid repotting was a big hit at last year’s spring show, so the Orchid Guild is bringing it back.

“One big service we’re offering this year is repotting,” Mead said. “So people who are new to orchids are afraid to repot, so we offer repotting for any size plant they bring in. We will repot for them for $5. Any size plant. Any size orchid.”

New Mexico Orchid Guild members will be at the event to answer orchid-related questions.

“If they have an orchid they’re having a problem with, they can bring it in and we’ll try to help them with the problem,” Mead said. “If it needs repotting, repotting kind of rejuvenates the plant. Orchids are generally planted in bark, so when they’re repotted the change usually rejuvenates them. So we can help them with things like ‘I bought this orchid and it won’t re-bloom for me, so what am I doing wrong?’ We can kind of help answer those kinds of questions.”

This year’s show is sanctioned by the American Orchid Society. Judges from the society will be on-site to select plants for judging on Thursday, March 28. Plants must be entered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday to be considered for judging. The event is open to the public and you do not have to be an Orchid Guild member to enter a plant.

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