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Orchids in February

General Growing Tips. 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 (including companion plants like bromeliads) carefully for signs of disease and insects. Avoid having heated or air-conditioned drafts blowing directly on orchids. Don't bring you plants out too early. It is starting to warm but you can expect more orchid threatening cold fronts through March.

Cattleyas. Your cattleyas are starting to rouse, even though temperature and light conditions are not yet ideal for growth. Continue to use dilute water soluble fertilizer on your orchids at 1/4 to 1/8 strength. New green root tips are starting to emerge on the unifoliates, marking the beginning of the spring repotting season. Sometimes it is necessary to split open a sheath with a sterile blade to reduce pressure on the emerging buds or to allow accumulated condensation (possibly from fluctuating temperatures) to dissipate.

Cymbidiums. Stake cymbidium inflorescences that emerge from the mass of foliage on these winter-spring bloomers. Maintain temperatures at 50 to 60F to keep the flowers opening slowly. Dramatically higher temperatures and hot drafts cause bud drop.

Dendrobiums. Watch for flower buds on dendrobiums like Den. lindleyi, Den. nobile hybrids, Den. superbum (syn. Den. anosmum) and other deciduous species and hybrids. These have longer flowering when exposed to cooler night temperatures as the blooms open and mature. Avoid dousing open flowers when watering. Give slightly more water to these plants (that have been kept reasonably dry prior to flowering) once they begin to bloom. Continue to protect evergreen-type dendrobiums from low temperatures that may cause leaf loss



Oncidiums. Do not permit miltonias and odontoglossums to dry out because this is a critical time for flower-spike development. Stake the spikes. Continue to use a dilute water soluble fertilizer before the flowers begin to appear.

Phalaenopsis. Continue to use a dilute water soluble fertilizer on phalaenopsis. Be careful not to splatter the flowers or they will stain. Phalaenopsis exude a honey-like substance on the developing inflorescence that attracts scale insects. Watch for signs of any problem that can be spot treated before it becomes a major situation. Avoid spraying insecticides on blossoms.

Miscellaneous Genera. The Catasetinae (catasetums, clowesia, cycnoches and mormodes) have dropped most of their leaves and should be kept dry. Watch for signs of new growth that marks the beginning of the repotting season for the catasetum relatives. Remove the old medium, cut off dried roots and pot in sphagnum moss, bark or ProMix interlayered with the time released fertilizer Dynamite but DO NOT WATER. If you water before the new growth is about 4 inches tall, it will probably rot. Your Ludisia discolor is in bloom this month.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This January has been among the warmest and probably the wettest in memory. The warm wet weather while beneficial to a degree to our vandas is all wrong for the genera which are dormant or semi-dormant in winter. Catasetums, calanthes and the Himalayan dendrobiums of Sections Callista and Dendrobium, which require a strenuous rest are not too happy. Try to dry these dormant plants as much as possible... 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 continues past mid month and frost can occur still into March. Even if the weather is balmy, it's too early to let down our guard or take down any protection we have mounted against the cold. The trend however is toward the positive as each lengthening day brings extra hours of warming sunshine... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchid Disease Control - Bactericides and Fungicides. There are many beneficial bacterial and fungal organisms that are present in the orchid environment, many living in the rhizosphere on or around your orchid roots. The metabolic byproducts of these good microorganisms can enhance plant growth. There are also pathogenic organisms... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Orchid Roots. Orchid plants need roots! That statement seems so obvious that many of us forget the pivotal role this part of the plant plays. Much of the other aspects of orchid culture, e.g. light intensity, fertilizer, etc, all depend on the mass of tissues we call roots... read more


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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!

March 1 Monthly Meeting - Orchid Leaves and Roots, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Orchid hobbyist Vern Bloch will talk about how orchid leaves and roots are interdependent on each other, and what happens when that dependency does not work as designed by Mother Nature. Vern Bloch is a retired Navy pilot who first became interested in orchids after leaving the service in 1987. For the past twenty years, Vern has conducted programs for numerous orchid societies ranging from the Florida Keys to North Carolina. 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!

February 21 Keiki Club - Collecting Rainwater for Watering, 1 - 3 pm
Our water quality in St. Augustine isn't the greatest, and if you find lots of white lime spotting on your leaves, you may have particularly hard water. Collecting rainwater for use on your salt sensitive plants or for a final rinse after watering is a great way to rectify hard water problems. Linda Stewart will demonstrate her rainwater collection system and the difference it has made to her orchids..
Moderator:   Linda Stewart
Where:   Linda Stewart's Home
342 Cracker Swamp Dirt Road, East Palatka 32131


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

March 5 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.


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