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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

September 5 Monthly Meeting - Orchid Growing Basics
George Hausermann of EFG Orchids in DeLand had to reschedule his talk after lightening damaged his greenhouse, so he moved his talk to September. George will talk about the basics of orchid growing, how to make sure your plants are getting enough of the right kind of water and light as well as buoyant air movement around the leaves and roots. George will address some common cultural mistakes and how to avoid them.
    George is a fourth generation orchid grower with an impressive 65 years of family history in the orchid industry. EFG Orchids has 20,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space filled with orchids, tropical plants and landscape material. Many of us have enjoyed the Orchtoberfest, a celebration of orchids, food and fun held every year in October.This is a great opportunity to talk orchids with a down to earth grower.
    Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. Do not be shy, first time exhibitors get 3 free raffle tickets. George will be bringing plants for sale and we will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. We'll also have potting mix, baseball caps and T shirts for sale.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 pm
Event:   Orchid Growing Basics
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 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!

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

August 5 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, August 5, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Growing Orchids in St. Augustine

Growing Orchids in St. Augustine
Show 'em Where You Grow 'em

We would like to put together a program in 2018 showing how different St. Augustine Orchid Society members grow their orchids. Start snapping pictures! Email us with your summer growing area pictures now, and if you have pics of the winter growing area, send them too!

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club Is on Summer Vacation  

  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 and 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.
  We schedule monthly meetings during the spring when our orchids have roused from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting and other growing issues. We finish up the spring season with a Picnic and Orchid Swap in April.
  Then comes our summer vacation. Keep watering and fertilizing your plants and be on the lookout for pests and diseases. SAOS members are available at the monthly repotting clinics if you have any questions or problems.
  We reconvene in September for a talk about fall preparations and the winter cold hardiness of different types of orchids. We have field trip opportunities to the Gainesville Orchid Society Show and EFG Orchtoberfest. Then it is time for our orchids to rest while we celebrate the holidays!

August Member's Choice
C. Fair Phyllis
C. Fair Phyllis
Grower: Sue Bottom
Pot. Frank Gilmore 'Mendenhall'

Pot. Frank Gilmore 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS
Grower: Courtney Hackney
Gram. scriptum fma. citrnum
C. Fair Phyllis
Grower: Bob and Yvonne Schimmel
Stan. King Kong Stan. King Kong
Grower: Sue Bottom

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

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... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Air Movement. The general mantra among orchid growers is that there is no such thing as too much air movement... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Overall July has been wetter than usual but atypically much of the excess fell in one exceptional wet... read more
Orchids in August. July and August are the two most similar months in South Florida. Most of the advice on watering, disease... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Leaf Reddening - Sign of Stress. Is there anyone that does not enjoy a ride through the mountains in the fall to see the trees... 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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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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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 recently began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. We're hoping that this will provide a more open forum for orchid discussions and posting pictures.

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