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Monthly SAOS Meeting

February 7 - Broughtonias
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids

    Phillip Hamilton will talk about the Broughtonia species and some of their hybrids, with lots of focus on how to grow them. Phillip was born and raised in Jamaica where he inherited his dad’s passion for orchids and grew up working in his parents’ orchid nursery, Hamlyn Orchids. His dad’s orchid passion is with the Jamaican native Broughtonias and their hybrids. Phillip’s passion also includes Phalaenopsis, which he has been growing and hybridizing since the age of eight.
   He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and is an American Orchid Society (AOS) Senior Judge. Professionally, Phillip has worked for two major orchid production nurseries in Central Florida as a grower and grower/manager. In 2013 he formed his own business (part-time), Bredren Orchids, to facilitate the small-scale sale of some of the more unique Phalaenopsis and Broughtonia species and hybrids he grows and breeds. He has now managed Bredren Orchids full-time, with the generous help of his wife, Liz.
When:   Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
Monthly SAOS Meeting
February 15 - Virtual Show Table. Courtney will zoom into cyberspace at 7 pm to tell us about the orchid pictures sent in for the virtual show table. An invitation will be sent to your email address. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures by January 25 to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org. Here's a link to Courtney's January Virtual Show Table presentation.
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SAOS News and Activities

Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org
SAOS Activities
February 4 Repotting Clinic. Need help with your orchids? The first Saturday of the month from 10 am til 1 pm, February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members are available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.
When: Saturday, February 4, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, St Aug 32086
SAOS Activities
2023 Dues. Want to join or renew your membership? It's that time of year! The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by Zelle (904-501-0805) or check (mail c/o Linda Stewart, 1812 Diana Drive, Palatka 32177). For an extra dollar use these PayPal links.
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SAOS Activities
Keiki Club. Our beginners programs include monthly culture classes before the meeting, monthly repotting clinics, a mentoring program, and Keiki Club road trips and growing area tours.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our January Members Choice is Pot. (now Rlc.) Pamela Ann Oliveros 'Mom's Best' AM/AOS, grown and photographed by Allen Black. This is a Ben Oliveros hybrid between Salmon Sensation and Edith North named for his Mom, and Ben obviously thought this cultivar was the best of the batch!
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 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!
Beginner Culture Class. Keiki Club Coordinator Jerry Fowler organizes a beginners culture class from 6 to 6:30 pm before the main meeting, at the pavilion across from our meeting hall. In February, the topic will be "To Pot or Mount". Jerry will talk about the types of pots and mounting material and the different potting mixes for different orchids. Each grower must learn what works for their watering habits and growing environment. Guest speakers will tell you what works for them, and you will have to decide whether it will work for you.

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

January in St. Augustine. Plants will continue to manufacture food during the winter, albeit at a reduced rate. Everything will occur at a slower pace until spring arrives ... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Repotting Cattleyas. It is hard to think about repotting now when days are short, nights long, and it is very cold; but it is time. Unless you are lucky enough to live near... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. A mostly pleasant December. This December was drier and warmer than usual. Both the extra heat and the drought were welcome... read more
Orchids in January. January is somewhat like December but in reverse, with each succeeding day bringing longer hours of sunlight until days are long enough that afternoons return... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Granular Chemicals. There are plenty of pesticides and insecticides on the market that you can use as a spray or a drench on your orchids. These are generally offered as... read more

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