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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

October 3 Meeting - Japanese Orchids, The Small & Mighty
    Dr. Kristen Uthus of New World Orchids in Manchester, Michigan is our featured October speaker. Kristen will talk about the small and mighty Japanese orchids, what makes Japanese orchids stand out in a crowd and why Neofinetia falcata may be the easiest of all orchids to grow. Japanese orchids are not typical in the orchid world as they are often collected for their leaves rather than their flowers.
    Kristen has continued to bring Japanese orchids to the United States. She has expanded her collection back into the New World by offering a number of miniature species from other parts of the world. If you like the miniatures, you are in for a treat in October! Kristen is offering a 10% discount on preorders. Browse her website for the plants you are interested in and send her an email with your list and type St. Aug OS in the subject line.
    Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. Do not be shy, first time exhibitors get 3 free raffle tickets. Kristen will be bringing plants for the sales and raffle table. We'll also have potting mix, baseball caps and T shirts for sale. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome
Date and Time:   Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 pm
Event:   Japanese Orchids, The Small and The Mighty
Where:   Watson Realty, Conference Room by Back Parking Lot
3505 US 1 South, St. Augustine

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins with a plant sale followed by a review of the show table plants and presentation by an orchid expert. The meeting closes with a plant raffle where members can expand their collections. It's fun and informative for beginner and experienced growers. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

October 7 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm

The first Saturday of the month from February through October (and sometimes November), St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.    
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, October 7, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

September 17 Keiki Club - Cancelled Due to Damage from Irma  

We planned to talk about fall preparations, steps to take to get ready for winter. We planned to meed at Bob and Yvonne Schimmel, but they had lots of damage from Irma so we have to cancel the keiki club meeting.

Here are links to some articles to help you prepare:
Fall Preparations for getting your orchids ready for their winter homes,
Cold Tolerance for the lowest temperatures our warm growing orchids enjoy and
Winter Dormant Orchids so you can separate out those deep sleepers from those that enjoy water and fertilizer during the winter months.

The Keiki Club is for our beginning orchid growers. We begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all to discuss any and thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.

Growing Orchids in St. Augustine

Growing Orchids in St. Augustine
Show 'em Where You Grow 'em

We would like to put together a program in 2018 showing how different St. Augustine Orchid Society members grow their orchids. Start snapping pictures! Email us with your summer growing area pictures now, and if you have pics of the winter growing area, send them too!

Enc. ciliare
Enc. ciliare
Sue Bottom
Sept. Member's Choice

Gram. scriptum fma. citrinum
Gram. scriptum fma. citrinum
Grower: Bob and Yvonne Schimmel
Aug. Member's Choice

Stan. King Kong Stan. King Kong
Grower: Sue Bottom
Aug. Member's Choice

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
September in St. Augustine
The welcome transition to fall is upon us. Once the temperature and humidity mediate, you’ll notice many of your plants putting... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Tropical Storms. “And the rains came…”, but not for 40 days and nights, at least not yet. Orchid growers in Florida experienced many... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. August got off to a drier than usual start lessening the pressure of disease on our plants... read more
Orchids in September. September looms as the only truly dismal month in South Florida. Even without the prospect of... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Leaf Spotting Fungi in Cattleyas - Cercosporoid Fungi. For many years, I have noticed odd leaf spotting on a few of my cattleyas... read more

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. read SAOS Happenings

Individual Membership
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Become a Member or Renew Your Membership

The St. Augustine Orchid Society is a dynamic group of orchid growers having all levels of experience, from those who just brought their first orchid home to those with overflowing greenhouses. All members have one thing in common. We love to share our experiences, our knowledge and our orchid divisions with other orchid growers. Come to one of our meetings and so we can get to know each other.

Join the St. Augustine Orchid Society The dues are $15 for an individual or $25 for a family if paid by check. If you prefer to join or renew your membership online, you can pay using PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account. The online dues for an individual are $16 and for a family $26, which includes the fees PayPal charges the SAOS to facilitate the transaction.

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We have a Facebook page where we post notices of our events, the Member's Choice plants and pictures from orchid events. The page doesn't work well for individuals to post questions or pictures, so we recently began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. We're hoping that this will provide a more open forum for orchid discussions and posting pictures.

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