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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

July 3 Meeting - Navigating the SAOS Website
Sue Bottom, St. Augustine Orchid Society
    The St. Augustine Orchid Society website contains tons of information. All the planned activites of the SAOS are listed along with library resources, newsletters and photographs of orchids and orchid events. There is a wealth of information about orchid culture, for both the beginner and experienced orchid grower. There is so much information available on the website, that you may not know where to find it all. Sue will give a tutorial on the website, where all the pearls of information about growing orchids can be found.
    Members are invited to bring plants for sale at the meeting. Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!

Date and Time:   Tuesday, July 3, 6:30 pm
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 growers of all levels. 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

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, July 7, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086


Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program works in tandem with our Keiki Club, pairing our novice and/or new SAOS orchid growers with an experienced grower. This program allows our mentees to get one-on-one assistance and answers to their orchid growing questions. If you are interested in learning more, email Mentoring Coordinator Susan Smith.


Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Summer Vacation

We schedule monthly Keiki Club meetings during the spring after our orchids rouse from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting, and other growing issues. We finish up with the Picnic and Orchid Swap in April. Now it is time for our summer vacation. Keep watering and fertilizing your plants and watch for pest and disease issues. SAOS members are available at the repotting clinics at Ace Hardware on the first Saturday of the month all summer long if you have any questions or problems. The Keiki Club will reconvene in October for a talk about fall preparations and the winter cold hardiness of different types of orchids. We’ll have field trip opportunities to the Gainesville Orchid Society Show and EFG Orchtoberfest. Then it will be time for our orchids to rest while we celebrate the holidays!

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 thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Spouses and partners welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.


B. (Rl.) digbyana
B. (Rl.) digyana
Grower: Tom and Dottie Sullivan
June Members Choice

Bulb. maximum
Bulbophyllum maximum
Grower: Linda Stewart
May Members Choice


C. skinneri
C. skinneri
Grower: Sue Bottom
April Members Choice

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
June in St. Augustine. Spring's mild days are gone. The late spring-early summer growing conditions induce vigorous vegetative activity. Orchids repotted earlier should be showing abundant root... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Growing Orchid Roots. How do I get my orchid to grow roots? This is one of the most asked questions because so many new orchid growers start with the gift of a pot plant that, unfortunately, stays too... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This May has been one of the wettest ever, remarkable for not only the volume of rain but also the hours and duration of precipitation... read more
Orchids in June. June is the most dramatically tropical month in South Florida. As the southeast Trade Winds blow cool moist air off the Gulf Stream daily, as surely the heating effect of the center... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Repotting Orchids - Wet or Dry. I have always used water during the repotting process. First, to soften the roots so they can more easily be removed from the pot. Next, to water blast the potting... 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


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 PayPal fees.

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St. Augustine Orchid Society Facebook Group
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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 began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. The group page provides a more open forum for orchid discussions and posting pictures.
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