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Monthly SAOS Meeting

August 2 - Hybridizing Orchids
Dr. Courtney Hackney

    Courtney will talk about the concepts hybridizers employ when they make hybrids, using some of his own hybrids as examples. Each species imparts certain traits such as color, form or size to its progeny and hybridizers strive to combine these traits to improve on Mother Nature.
    Dr. Hackney is Emeritus Professor of Biology and the former Director of Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Courtney began growing orchids in the Florida Keys in 1962, while working for a small orchid nursery and has continued his interest in both orchid hybridizing and orchid culture since then. He grows many different genera, but his favorite is the Cattleya Alliance. In 2004, he published “American Cattleyas”, the culmination of a decade of study and interviews, which summarizes in old photographs and print how all of the modern cattleyas came to be. The book also describes what we know about cattleyas and cattleya hybrids, how to grow them, and what to expect from modern hybrids.
    Plants will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086

SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org.
July 13 - Virtual Show Table, 7 pm Courtney will zoom into cyberspace to tell us about the orchid picturess sent in for the virtual show table. An invitation will be sent to your email address.
SAOS Activities
August 6 Repotting Clinic. We're repotting at the Southeast Branch Library! 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, August 6, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, St Aug 32086
Virtual Show Table. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org, landscape rather than portrait orientation preferred. Here's a link to Courtney's June Virtual Show Table presentation.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our June Members Choice is Laelia purpurata, now known as Cattleya purpurata, grown by Roberta Hicks. There are many color varieties of this large flowered cattleya. Entire shows in its native Brazil are dedicated to featuring this single orchid species.
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!
SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix, fertilizer, fertilizer baskets, vinyl plant tags, butterfly clips and more. Click for more info.


Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

July in St. Augustine. The heat and humidity of summer are here. When day time temperatures rise above the 90 to 95F range, you’ll see orchid growth start to slow. Water slightly less... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Summer Orchid Growing. Now is the time when many Orchids put on most of their growth. Those with pseudobulbs often have very discrete growth periods when they add new roots and leaves. Many vandaceous Orchids grow anytime there is an adequate... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. An exceptionally wet year has spawned an exceptionally wet June. It behooves us to offer our plants every possible protection from disease this year... read more
Orchids in July. Although it mostly passes unnoticed to millions locked in their air-conditioned bubbles, July in South Florida is quite different from June. While the pattern of... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Evolution of an Orchid Grower. I planted my first garden at the age of 10 in the woods next door to our house. My Dad said he’d plow up a section of the yard for my vegetable garden... read more

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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 so we can get to know each other. If you would like to join, you can complete this interactive form.

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