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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

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

November 7 Meeting - Epidendrums, Encyclias & Prostheceas
    Vern Bloch is our featured November speaker. His presentation will focus on the Epidendrum, Encyclia and Prosthechea genera that were originally classified as Epidendrums. Vern will show you how to differentiate between them and provide culture tips on how to grow them. All are members of the cattleya family and their hybrids, have become very popular in recent years. They are easy to grow in Florida, providing us with a wide range of colors and shapes. Vern will be happy to answer questions.
    Vern is a retired Navy pilot who first became interested in orchids after leaving the service in 1987. Two years later, Vern, and his wife, Helen, became owners of the Palm Bay Orchid Range and participated in many orchid shows around the state. They sold the nursery in 2004 but continue to do business on a small scale. For the past twenty years, Vern has conducted programs for numerous orchid societies ranging from the Florida Keys to North Carolina.
    Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. Do not be shy, first time exhibitors get 3 free raffle tickets. Vern will be bringing plants for sales table. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!
Date and Time:   Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Event:   Epidendrums, Encyclias and Prostheceas
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!

Growing Orchids in St. Augustine

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

We are pulling 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!

Pot. (Chz.) Hsinying Pink Doll
Pot. (Chz.) Hsinying Pink Doll
Grower: Susan Smith
Oct. Member's Choice

Enc. ciliare
Enc. ciliare
Sue Bottom
Sept. Member's Choice

Stan. King Kong Stan. King Kong
Grower: Sue Bottom
Aug. Member's Choice

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
October in St. Augustine
We usually receive our first cold snap around Halloween, so if you are growing outdoors, this is the time for you to make... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Fall Preparations. Gone are the hot days of summer, but the fall season reminds us that it is time for us to prepare for the coming... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Hurricane Irma carved a wide swath through Florida and all of orchids and landscapes. Sun burn is always... read more
Orchids in October. October is a month of change in South Florida. If the Romans had lived here where we do... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Plant Growth Processes. Leaves are the primary energy factories for our orchids, harnessing the energy of the sun... 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

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

February 3 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, February 3, 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

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Get Togethers Will Resume in Spring

  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.
  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!

Topic:   SAOS Exhibit at Jacksonville OS Show
Moderator:   Janis Croft
Where:   Janis Croft and Alan Winer's Home
8311 County Road 208, St. Aug 32092
When: February 25, 1 - 3 pm

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.

Individual Membership
Family Membership
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 fees PayPal charges the SAOS to facilitate the transaction.

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St. Augustine Orchid Society on Facebook

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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