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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
March 7 Monthly Meeting - Growing Orchids in Cypress Mulch

  Steve Arthur of Steve Arthur Orchids is visiting from his South Carolina home to talk about growing orchids in cypress mulch. Steve uses shredded cypress bark mixed with perlite to grow his orchids. He reports that the mix is long lasting, requires less fertilizer, is low cost and widely available. He'll talk about how to vary the mix to grow different types of orchids, and produce pseudobulbs that are bigger, plump up faster and have multiple leads each year.
  Steve grows a mix of things but tends to focus on Cattleyas and has been making crosses for years. In his greenhouse lab, he also does contract work (such as sowing and harvesting seeds) for other nurseries. Steve is currently the Lab Manager at Carter & Holmes. Orchids will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, March 7, 7 pm
Speaker:   Steve Arthur, Steve Arthur 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
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

March 12 - Potting Mixes and Repotting Orchids

Many of your orchids are sending out new roots, this is the best time to move them to a new home. We'll talk about repotting using different potting mixes as opposed to how to grow your orchids au naturale. There may be some orchid divisions for you to mount and or pot up (one to a customer), bring a 4 and 6 in clay pot, just in case. To cover the cost of supplies, there will be a $5 charge. 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. Aug 32086
When: March 12, 1 - 3 pm

The Keiki Club is for our beginner orchid growers. This year we're trying a new format where we double up during the spring months and go on vacation during the summer. 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

March 4 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, March 4, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Orchid Society Show Exhibit
Jacksonville Orchid Society Show, March 18 & 19
We'll be putting in an exhibit at the JOS Show on March 17 and breaking it down on March 19. We need your plants and your help! Contact Exhibit Chair Janis Croft 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 in Jacksonville and Bob in St. Augustine for drop off locations.

Lc. Orange Trick x Epi. ciliare
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Lc. Orange Trick x Epi. ciliare
February Member's Choice Grower: Sue Bottom

Dtps. Green Field Red Zuul 'Harlequin Queen'
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Dtps. Green Field Red Zuul 'Harlequin Queen'
February Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Bulb. arfakianum (green type)
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Bulb. arfakianum
January Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Orchid Articles

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
February in St. Augustine
Spring is around the corner. Order your potting supplies early to make sure they are not sold out when it's time to repot. Observe plants carefully for signs of disease and insects... continue reading

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Phalaenopsis - Blooming and Bud Drop. Winter is officilly here and with the short gloomy days comes the beginning of Phal season... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This past January has been one of the most wonderful ever not just for us but for most of our orchids... read more
Orchids in February. Despite the bloom on the avocados and the burgeoning new leaves on the live oaks, February is not spring in South Florida. Danger of freeze... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Words of Wisdom. Can't you just hear your mother giving you this advice, with an orchid twist... read entire article

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 Happenings

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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.

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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