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Monthly Meetinig of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meetinig of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
September 6 Monthly Meeting - Unusual and Easy to Grow Species, Here's How
Thanh always has the most unusual orchids in his sales booth, so different from the orchids you see in the big box stores. He put together a special program for us on ten unusual orchids we should consider growing and how to grow them. Orchids will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome. Don't forget to bring plants to the show table!

Date and Time:   Tuesday, September 6th, 7 pm
Speaker:   Thanh Nguyen, Springwater Orchids
Where:   Watson Realty, Back conference Room
3505 US 1 South, St. Augustine

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins with a plant sale at 7 pm 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!


Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

September 18 Keiki Club - Getting the 'chids Ready for Winter
It may not feel like it, but winter is coming and it's time to start your fall preparations. Spend some quality time with your orchids to get them ready for their winter home. We'll talk about fall preparations and the minimum night time temperatures your plants can tolerate in winter. We'll also talk about those orchids that require special winter care, like the deciduous dendrobiums and the catasetinae.

Date and Time:   Sunday, September 18th, 1 pm
Moderator:   Mary Colee
Where:   Drake and Dianne Batchelder's Home
728 Old Loggers Way, St. Aug 32086

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. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!     Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers!


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

September 3 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. 3050 US 1 South in St. Augustine     Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, September 3, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086


Blc. (Rlc.) Prada Green Deluxe
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Blc. (Rlc.) Prada Green Deluxe
August Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko


Gram. Yuan Nan Leopard
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Gram. Yuan Nan Leopard
July Member's Choice
Grower: Penny Halyburton and Michael Rourke


Paph. kolopakingii
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Paph. kolopakingii
June Member's Choice
Grower: Courtney Hackney


Paph. kolopakingii
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Trichopilia (Trpla.) hennisiana
May Member's Choice
Grower: Linda Stewart

Orchid Articles

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
August in St. Augustine. August is the hottest month so be prepared to work diligently to ensure sufficient air circulation. Spray water on the floor, benches and outer surface of clay pots one or more times every day during the hottest times. Continue watering and using a dilute fertilizer. The warm temperatures also cause fungal and bacterial problems as well as an increase in insect populations. Observe your plants carefully and spray for both insects and disease when first noticed. It may be necessary to move unsheltered plants into an area protected from torrential rains... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. July has been drier than usual. This, of course, has been good for our orchids, reducing disease pressure. Greater ability to choose when our orchids receive water is to be prized midway in the rainy season. Use this advantage wisely, watering early in the day, and only when needed. As days shorten dramatically in August, there is less time for our plants to dry... read more
Orchids in August. July and August are the two most similar months in South Florida. Most of the advice on watering, disease and pest control in last month's calendar still apply but subtle changes are taking place. Although it may not seem so, as temperatures climb into the low nineties most afternoons, summer is in retreat: each day a little shorter, each night a little longer. With shorter days the importance of watering as early... read entire article

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Summer Pests and Diseases. Repotting should be done by now, but keep an eye on those oddball species that like to grow roots as they flower. Many bifoliate cattleyas need to be repotted just as they come into flower. Some like C bicolor with 3 foot pseudobulbs are particularly frustrating since buds emerge about the same time as new roots. It is not unusual to see this same characteristic in their offspring... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Cattleyas - What Can Go Wrong, Cultural Missteps. Cattleyas are hard to resist, having showy and fragrant flowers that come in various shapes, sizes and colors. They require lots of bright light to manufacture the reserves necessary to produce those incredible blooms that last anywhere from one week to two months. They enjoy an open, freely draining potting mix that allows plenty of air... 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.


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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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