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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

April 3 Meeting - Phalaenopsis
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids
Phillip will talk about Phalaenopsis, their history, culture and current trends in hybridizing. Phillip is the son of Claude Hamilton of Hamlyn Orchids in Jamaica, so he grew up with orchids, has a degree in Environmental Horticulture and is an Accredited Judge with the American Orchid Society. Phillip's hybridizing program focuses on the fragrant violacea and bellina Phalaenopsis.
    Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!

Date and Time:   Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm
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 growers of all levels. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!

Orchid Society Show Exhibit
Jacksonville Orchid Society Show, March 17 & 18
Janis Croft, Terry Bottom and Bob Schimmel put in our display at the Jacksonville Orchid Society show with capable assists from Linda Stewart, Yvonne Schimmel and Sue Bottom. Click on the pic for a larger image. Our exhibit won second place in the tabletop category and all who entered plants won ribbons. The Orchid Specialist Steve Hawkins won a trophy for best bifoliate, C. intermedia x C. Peckhaviensis.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Repotting Your Orchids

The Keiki Club will be on Sunday, March 25 at the home of Sue and Terry Bottom, where we will have our annual repotting meeting. Many of your orchids are sending out new roots, this is the best time to move them to a new home. We will talk about how to select a potting mix that will work with your growing area, your orchids your watering habits. There may be some orchid divisions for you to mount and or pot up (one to a customer), so bring a 4 and 6 in clay pot, just in case. There will be a $5 charge to cover the cost of supplies. If you have more than 1 or 2 of your own plants that need repotting, please bring them to the Ace repotting clinic.

Moderator:   Sue Bottom
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Augustine 32086
When: March 25, 1 - 3 pm

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 thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Spouses and partners welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.

Paph. Green Champion
Paph. Green Champion
Grower: Susan Smith
March Members Choice

Trichopilia suavis
Trichopilia suavis
Grower: Linda Stewart
Feb. Members Choice

Blc. (Rlc.) Triumphal Coronation 'Seto'
Blc. (Rlc.) Triumphal Coronation 'Seto'
Grower: Sue Bottom
Feb. Members Choice

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
March in St. Augustine. 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... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
The ABCs of Watering. The most frequent question asked is how often should I water my Orchid? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Most novice growers want to be told “once a week” or... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. As benign a February as could have been imagined is giving way to a March which is definitely coming in like a lamb. It is extremely unlikely that it will be going out like ... 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... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Try New Things. Orchid growers are always tinkering with their growing regimens and experimenting with different approaches. Courtney likes to see how newly purchased orchids growing in different... 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

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm

The first Saturday of the month from February through October, 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, April 7, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

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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.

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