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Orchids in June

General Growing Tips. Spring's mild days are gone. The late spring-early summer growing conditions induce vigorous vegetative activity. Orchids repotted earlier should be showing abundant root development and new growth. With the sun higher and more intense for more hours each day, higher day and night temperatures, excellent air circulation and a fresh growing medium, orchids will consume more food for high quality flowers next season. If you switched to nighttime watering during spring, it is time to resume morning watering so the leaves will be dry by evening.

Cattleyas. The showy Laelia purpurata and tenebrosa are in bloom this month. You can repot individual plants later in the year if they need it, but the bulk of your cattleya repotting should be completed this month. The remaining months of the growing season will give the plants time to develop adequate new growth for next season's flowers. Cattleyas grown outside must be protected from excessive rainfall.

Cymbidiums. Cymbidiums are heavy feeders and the plants are growing fast now so fertilizer is a must. Use a good Cal Mag fertilizer and top dress with a 50/25/25 mix of crushed seashell, gypsum and granular dolomite lime and 15-8-11 controlled release fertilizer. Fertilize devonianum and its primary hybrids at half that rate.

Dendrobiums. Dendrobiums resent being repotted, but it you have some that have grown totally out of their pot or the potting mix has degraded, finish repotting them this month. Dendrobium canes grow closely together and many years growth can be accommodated in the same pot. Use a small pot and a largely inorganic mix like lava rock or aliflor that won't degrade; add just a little nutrient holding tree fern, coco husk or bark to the mix. Look at your deciduous cane-type dendrobiums that bloomed this spring and consider mounting them. They should be drenched with water and fertilizer during the summer months.

Phalaenopsis. Complete repotting of phalaenopsis this month. If your phal is still in bloom by the end of the month, consider cutting the inflorescence and placing it in a vase to enjoy for another week. Don't be greedy, a phal will deteriorate if forced to carry its inflorescence too long during the long, hot summer days. Repot and allow it to develop new roots and leaves for next year's blooming season. After new roots appear, water more frequently with a dilute fertilizer solution.

Vandas. Vandas enjoy bright, but not direct, sunlight, an abundance of water and fertilizer and copious amounts of fresh air. Wet the roots once or twice a day until they turn green and after an hour or so, spray the roots with a fertilizer solution. With enough light, water, fertilizer and air, your plants will reward you with beautiful blooms. Name the St. Augustine Orchid Society as your charity and Amazon will donate a portion of eligible purchases to the SAOS.

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This April has been cooler and much drier than usual. The lower temperatures have somewhat lessened the impact of the lack of rain but now as the thermometer rises so will the drought stress on our plants... read more
Orchids in June. June is the most dramatically tropical month in South Florida. As the southeast Trade Winds blow cool moist air off the Gulf Stream daily, as surely the heating effect of the center of the peninsula percolates up massive thunder heads. The increased cloud cover drawing a veil across the afternoon sun provides much cooling relief for our plants... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Fusarium in Phalaenopsis. I wish I were at the point in my orchid growing career where I've made all the mistakes and learned the hard lessons. Alas, apparently there are still more mistakes ahead of me. read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Spring Checklist. Got Milk? – For many years there has been a rumor that milk was an effective agent for killing viruses on tools used to repot orchids. It turns out that firms in Europe have been using this method exclusively in their everyday work with plants. Now, a 2004 scientific paper published in the journal Plant Disease confirms that a 20% (wt/vol) solution of non-fat dry milk... read more


Monthly SAOS Meeting          
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!

June 7 Monthly Meeting - Catasetums and Their Kin, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
We always enjoy when Fred comes to St. Augustine. This month he'll talk about Catasetums, Cycnoches and Mormodes. These orchid oddities have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect, and then burst into growth in the spring. You can preorder plants from Fred's website and he offers a 10% discount, just mention that the plants are to be delivered to the St. Aug Orchid Society. The deadline for ordering is May 30. Don't forget to bring plants to the show table! Orchids will be available on the sales and raffle table. Friends and guests are always welcome.
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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!

June 12 Keiki Club - Repotting Phalaenopsis, 1 - 3 pm
Many have received phalaenopsis orchids as gifts and wonder how to grow them. Mary will talk about their cultural needs with an emphasis on proper light and watering, as well as demonstrate how to repot your plant after it is done blooming. Bring a phalaenopsis that needs repotting, more than one or two plants should be brought to the Ace repotting clinic. To cover the cost of supplies, we’ll charge $2 for repotting in a 4 inch pot and $3 for a 6 inch pot.
Moderator:   Mary Colee
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

June 4 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm
The first Saturday of the month from February through October (and sometimes 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!

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

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

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