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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

May 1 Meeting - Brassavola nodosa and Its Hybrids
Vern Bloch, prior nursery owner
    Vern Bloch is returning to St. Augustine to talk to us about Brassavola nodosa and its hybrids. Everyone should grow Brassavola nodosa, not just for its elegant flowers, but for its wonderful evening fragrance, which earned it the nickname “lady of the night”. They are also some of the easiest orchid for beginners, they bloom several times a year, offer a wide spectrum of colors and flowers tend to last fairly well, with lots of evening fragrance.
    Vern can only carry about 20 different hybrids when he does a program, but you can preorder from his extensive listing. Most plants are in 4 inch pots, blooming size or near blooming size with prices about $12 each, a few under and a few rarer ones over. Those who make preorders will not be required to buy the plants if they don’t like the plant or the price
    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, May 1, 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 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, May 5, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Summer Vacation

We schedule monthly Keiki Club meetings during the spring after our orchids rouse from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting, and other growing issues. We finish up with the Picnic and Orchid Swap in April. Now it is time for our summer vacation. Keep watering and fertilizing your plants and watch for pest and disease issues. SAOS members are available at the repotting clinics at Ace Hardware on the first Saturday of the month all summer long if you have any questions or problems. The Keiki Club will reconvene in October for a talk about fall preparations and the winter cold hardiness of different types of orchids. We’ll have field trip opportunities to the Gainesville Orchid Society Show and EFG Orchtoberfest. Then it will be time for our orchids to rest while we celebrate the holidays!

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.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program works in tandem with our Keiki Club, pairing our novice and/or new SAOS orchid growers with an experienced grower. This program allows our mentees to get one-on-one assistance and answers to their orchid growing questions. If you are interested in learning more, email Mentoring Coordinator Susan Smith.

C. skinneri
C. skinneri
Grower: Sue Bottom
Apr. Members Choice

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

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

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
April in St. Augustine. This is one of the most exciting months of the year, filled with an abundance of flower spikes emerging. It's the beginning of the long growing season, enabling us... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
The ABCs of Repotting. Spring is the ideal time to repot most orchids. Unfortunately, many new hobbyists are either too anxious to repot or neglect to repot when it is needed. The condition of the media... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This March has been perfect orchid growing weather. The drought which is punishing our lawns is suiting our orchids "just fine". The lack of rain has rendered the whole world... read more
Orchids in April. Far from the cruelest, April is the kindest month to South Florida orchid growers. The weather in April is definitely settled into warm, even deliciously hot, with passing cold fronts... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Humidity and Vapor Pressure Deficit. Relative humidity is a familiar term describing the amount of water vapor in the air compared to how much it can hold. Warmer air has a greater water holding capacity than colder air. Our orchids are comfortable in the same... 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

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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 $20 for an individual or $30 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 $21 and for a family $31, which includes the PayPal fees.

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St. Augustine Orchid Society Facebook Group
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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 began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. The group page provides a more open forum for orchid discussions and posting pictures.
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