Since October 2020, members have had the opportunity to present one of their currently blooming orchids on our Facebook page (Deutsche Orchideen-Gesellschaft eV) in order to participate in the election for ONLINE CHAMPION of the month. From February 2021, all registered plants can also be seen on our Instagram profile. Here, too, you can vote for the online champion of the DOG. At the end of the voting period (every month from the third to the fourth Sunday), the ten plants with the most likes on both platforms receive staggered points. First place orchid gets 100 points, second place 90, third place 80 and so on. Both scores are then added together and divided by two to give an average score, which we call the mean. The plant with the highest mean value wins the online competition and is thus chosen as ONLINE CHAMPION of the current month.
You send us a photo and brief information about your culture conditions – we put the photo and the text anonymously in a photo album on the Facebook page and also on our Instagram profile and publish all participants together on every 3rd Sunday of the month.
The post will then remain online for a week. During this time, all our followers have the opportunity to choose their favorite orchid from the post by leaving a “like” on the respective photo. After a week, the orchid with the most “likes” will be named ONLINE CHAMPION. The owner then receives a certificate that proves the success.
You can find the rules for this as a PDF document to read and print out here . The following note is important for registering orchids:
In order not to make our work unnecessarily difficult, we can only accept registrations if the following data is listed in the correct order in an attached text file or in an extra paragraph in the e-mail:
1st line: genus and species or hybrid name; for unregistered hybrids, but whose parents must be known, please write: “n. right (parent × parent)”
2nd line: cultivar in single quotes
3rd line: Number of inflorescences (flower shoots)
4th row: number of flowers and flower size
5th line and beyond: explain culture conditions in short key points; Information on temperature, light requirements, water and fertilizer requirements and any rest periods should be mentioned. Here it would also be nice to know whether the plant is cultivated on the windowsill or in a greenhouse. Please write line 5 as continuous text and do not add any further paragraphs to the text. We can then simply copy and paste the text along with the photo into the associated Facebook post.
As an example of what the whole thing should look like, I wrote you a registration for my Mexipedium xerophyticum. You can find the sample text as a PDF here . In addition, your full name and membership number must be included in the e-mail, as we want to ensure that only our DOG members present orchids when voting for the ONLINE CHAMPIONS.
As soon as the registration period for one month is over, the registration period for the next month begins. You also have the opportunity to present orchids that only bloom for a few hours and are therefore rarely or not at all seen at table reviews or exhibitions.
Since this is all new for us too, we don’t yet know whether the rules will remain the same in the long term or whether something still needs to be adjusted. If we make any changes, we will inform you in our magazine as well as here on the website and on Facebook!
Please send registrations, questions and suggestions at any time to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrations for November 2022 will be accepted up to and including 11/19/2022 at 09:00 AM.
Voting for the 10/2022 online champion will run from 10/23/2022 to 10/30/2022 at 8pm!