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Orchids in March

General Growing Tips. Signs of spring abound with an abundance of emerging flower spikes and buds. The flush of spring growth will follow soon so plan your repotting program that should begin in earnest this month. The best time to repot is right before the new roots start growing so the plants will reestablish quickly. Watch for signs of mites, particularly on thin leaved orchids like the catasetinae and grammatophyllums, and treat any problems promptly.

Cattleyas. Several species flowering now are C. amethystoglossa with its large heads of crimson and white blooms, C. aurantiaca that delights with clusters of small yellow to orange star-like flowers, C. skinneri carrying many clusters of lavender or white blooms or the natural hybrid of these last two C. guatemalensis. Soon sheaths will emerge on C. mossiae hybrids. Monitor their development so that moisture does not accumulate in the sheath causing bud blast.

Cymbidiums. Flower spikes are starting to develop and should be trained for their best display, although they are tender and easily broken. Arching or upright spikes display better if trained upward at first growth; some growers place a name tag in front of the developing spike to guide it. Pendulous cymbidiums should be allowed to grow naturally and downward without any type of training.



Oncidiums. Onc. papilio, the butterfly orchid, may be putting out the first in a series of many buds that will bloom through spring and early summer. Do not cut the inflorescence because it will continue to produce flowers year after year. Even though Onc. papilio has hard leaves suggesting it will tolerate a lot of light (like cattleyas), it is better grown under bright phalaenopsis conditions.

Phalaenopsis. The hybrid moth orchids seem to last in perfection for months. Certain species are starting to bloom like the pink Phal. schilleriana and spotted Phal. stuartiana that are both fundamental to many modern hybrids. If grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss, make sure the moss does not deteriorate before the flowering season because a healthy root system is important to sustain the many flowers.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Winter appears to be definitely done with South Florida. During February stalled cold front after cold front has left the more northern areas exceptionally wet and the extreme south exceptionally dry. Apart for one scary brush with a freeze, February has been much warmer than usual. Warmth and wet have pushed many normally dormant plants into early growth. These plants will need to be feed and watered. Application of time release fertilizer (Dynamite or Nutricote) can take place early this year... read more
Orchids in March. Whilst March never comes in like a lion in South Florida, occasionally it slinks in like a bob cat. Frost is not unheard of in the first few days of the month. The more cold sensitive genera, hard cane dendrobiums, phalaenopsis and vandas may well need some protection even into the middle of the month. Overall, however, March brings us some of the most ideal orchid growing conditions... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchid Myths - Foliar Feeding I never had so much fun learning how little I knew about something I thought I understood than I did at the kitchen counter with Alan Koch après our Orchid Club meeting. Take foliar feeding, I have heard people laughingly say... read more


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SAOS News
Monthly SAOS Meeting          Subscribe to Our Newsletter
We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Watson Realty, located at 3505 US 1 South in St. Augustine. The meeting begins with a plant sale at 7 pm followed by a presentation by an orchid expert at 7:15. The meeting closes with a plant raffle and auction where members can expand their collections. It's fun and informative for beginner and experienced growers. Here's a membership form if you want to join. Visitors and guests are always welcome!
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!

Next Monthly Meeting - Demystifying the Bifoliates, April 7
Keith Davis of Reidsville, NC will tell us some of his secrets for growing the bifoliate cattleyas at the April 7 meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society. The bifoliate cattleya species are an odd sort and have a reputation for being difficult and finicky to grow and maintain. This talk will help the grower take some of the mystery out of this group of cattleyas so that you can enjoy their fabulous blooms, Keith is a witty and homespun speaker, we will be both enlightened and entertained by what he has to say. Keith lives on his family farm just outside Reidsville, NC where he maintains a large greenhouse with an impressive collection of approximately 10,000 orchids, mostly choice cattleya hybrids. Check out Keith Davis Orchids for images of some great orchid clones.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club for Orchid Beginners
The Keiki Club is for our beginner orchid growers. We meet monthly from January through October, usually on a Sunday afternoon. Our Keiki Club Get Togethers begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all when we can discuss any and all thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Visitors and guests are always welcome!
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers!

April 12 Keiki Club - Spring Repotting
We'll talk about the differences in caring for a potted orchid vs. one outside the pot. We'll look at the different options available, on a mount, on a plaque, in a basket, etc. and demonstrate how to attach an orchid to its new media-less home, and there may be some orchid divisions for you to mount and bring home.
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware - April 4
The first Saturday of the month from February through November, Master Gardeners and St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids. We will be at the Ace Hardware at 3050 US 1 South in St. Augustine from 9 am until 1 pm.
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!


Orchid Society Show Exhibit
Jacksonville Orchid Society Show - March 28 and 29, set up on 27th
We'll be putting in an exhibit at the JOS Show on March 27 and breaking it down on March 29. We need your plants and your help! Contact Exhibit Chair Harry McElroy if you'd like to help. Here are the SAOS Exhibit Guidelines along with some guidelines for preparing your plant for the show and a plant registration form with instructions. Send Sue a list of the plants you'd like to enter into the show, and contact Harry McElroy in Jacksonville and Bob in St. Augustine for drop off locations.

SAOS Happenings

St. Augustine Orchid Society Happenings
Gail Marshall puts together the SAOS Happenings each month so you can easily find all the orchid events around town.


Orchid Culture
Orchid Culture
General Orchid Culture
The Basics
Repotting Orchids
Orchid Culture by Genus
Water Quality and Fertilizer

Monthly Orchid Checklists and Newsletters
Monthly Orchid Growing Advice
Growing Orchids in St. Augustine Month by Month
Courtney Hackney's Tips
Martin Motes Notes
Sue Bottom Articles

Orchid Pests and Diseases
Orchid Pests and Diseases
Orchid Pests
Orchid Diseases
Other Types of Damage
Orchid Viruses
Orchid Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers
Cultural Tips for New Growers
Tips for New Growers
Seasonal Tips
Your First Orchid
AOS Beginner's Newsletters
Home and Backyard Orchid Growing
My Favorite Orchid

Orchid Photographs

Orchid Photographs
Terry Bottom photographs all the orchids brought to the Show Table each month. There is an interactive form to identify your plant on the show table.
Show Table Orchid Photographs
Orchid Photos Categorized by Alliance
Photo Archive of all SAOS Events
Orchid Videos


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