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Orchids in August

General Growing Tips. August is the hottest month so be prepared to work diligently to ensure sufficient air circulation. Spray water on the floor, benches and outer surface of clay pots one or more times every day during the hottest times. Continue watering and using a dilute fertilizer. The warm temperatures also cause fungal and bacterial problems as well as an increase in insect populations. Observe your plants carefully and spray for both insects and disease when first noticed. It may be necessary to move unsheltered plants into an area protected from torrential rains.

Cattleyas. The extreme heat seems to discourage active growth and flowering, but many plants are either developing buds for their autumn flowering or are ripening growths that will power the winter and spring blooming season. The bifoliates and nodosa hybrids seem best able to bloom during the summer temperature extremes. The high temperatures and humidity typical of our summer coupled with tropical storm weather create the potential for black rot. Consider allowing plants to dry harder between waterings. Tie up new growths carefully to promote upright development of the pseudobulbs.

Cymbidiums. Use high potassium fertilizer in late August. The potassium level should be at 250 to 300 ppm potassium (K) and zero to very low N. Do this only two times at a two week interval. Wait a month then resume your normal fertilizer schedule.

Dendrobiums. The nobile-type dendrobiums are popular though some growers find them difficult to flower. In order to promote the gradual shift from active growth to the flowering cycle, start withholding nitrogen now. Some growers report using a bloom booster this time of year on winter dormant plants helps prepare them for their dormancy.



Phalaenopsis. Current high temperatures are particularly stressful for phalaenopsis. Excess heat and humidity promote bacterial Pseudomonas infections on the fleshy leaves. Keep light levels subdued, promote sufficient air circulation and do not splash water from one plant onto another. Keep using a dilute (1/4 to 1/8 tsp/gal) fertilizer with every watering to develop the strongest roots and largest leaves prior to the winter flowering season.

Vandas. Summer growing conditions are ideal for Aerides, Ascocentrum, Rhynchostylis and Vanda hybrids. Feed aggressively and provide high humidity. Try placing a rubber-topped plastic flower tube containing stale beer on a rigid, emerging new root (in the evening and remove in the morning so it doesn't burn). Rather quickly, the root will consume the beer and utilize its carbohydrate content, producing some remarkable growth responses.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Now that the serious rains of summer have begun, they have washed away most of our problems with Thrips and mites. Now our focus, as usual, is on attention to disease prevention. With the shorting day lengths of August and the typical afternoon thunderstorms, our plants stay wet longer overnight... read more
Orchids in August. July and August are the two most similar months in South Florida. Most of the advice on watering, disease and pest control in last month's calendar still apply but subtle changes are taking place. Although it may not seem so, as temperatures climb into the low nineties most afternoons, summer is in retreat: each day a little shorter, each night a little longer. With shorter days the importance of watering as early... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchid Myths - Urea I have read and oft repeated that urea fertilizers should be avoided. Leave it to Alan Koch to debunk another orchid myth. Does the form of nitrogen make a difference? read more


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SAOS News

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!

September 1 Monthly Meeting - Orchids by the Yard... Gorilla Growing, 7 to 9 pm
Ernie Gemeinhart of Enlightened Orchids in the Orlando area will be talking about growing orchids outdoors at the September 1 meeting. After years of growing orchids under lights and outside (seasonally) in the Chicago area, Ernie relocated to sunny Florida. A dream come true for almost any midwestern orchidist! The move presented several challenges and required some serious rethinking in his orchid collection. It's not as simple as hang and forget! Walk with Ernie as he gives ideas on orchids suitable for the yard and garden in USDA hardiness zone 9 to understand those that can spend the absolute longest season outside. Ernie will give tips on plant selection highlighting those with extreme temperature tolerance and outdoor cultural considerations.
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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!

September 20 Keiki Club - Getting Ready for Winter, 1 - 3 pm
It may not feel like it, but winter is coming and it's time to start your fall preparations. Spend some quality time with your orchids to get them ready for their winter home. We'll talk about some things you can do to prepare your plants for their winter homes and the minimum night time temperatures your plants can tolerate. We'll also talk about those orchids that require special winter care, like the deciduous dendrobiums and the catasetinae.
Where:   Eric and Carolyn Smith's Home
239 South Matanzas Boulevard, St. Augustine 32080


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

September 5 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm
The first Saturday of the month from February through 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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