St. Augustine Orchid Society Newsletter Index

2018 Newsletters

St. Augustine Orchid Society Speakers at Monthly Meeting

December - Xmas Party & Orchid Auction

Auctioneer Courtney Hackney
Our annual Christmas auction was a great opportunity to eat, drink and be merry with our orchid friends, and we had a very lively group of bidders!
Fred Clarke

November - Become an 80 Percentile Grower

Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids
Fred talked about how 80% of your success as an orchid grower is a result of providing enough of the right kind of light, water, and air as well as repotting at the best time, when roots are first starting to grow.
Alan Koch

October - Unusual Species for the Cattleya Grower

Alan Koch, Gold Country Orchids
Alan talked about companion plants that grow well with all those cattleyas we love, if you want to try growing some of the unusual orchids.
St. Augustine Orchid Society Members

September - Growing in St. Aug, Fall Preparations

Sue Bottom & Club Members, St. Aug Orchid Society
Sue pulled together a photo compilation of how St. Aug Orchid Society members grow their orchids in summertime when the growing is easy, and how they prepare their growing areas for the winter cold.
Dave Off

August - Cattleya Culture

Steve Hawkins, The Orchid Specialist
Steve talked about the basic cultural requirements of cattleyas, emphasizing the importance of bright but not too hot light and proper watering along with some tips for responding to problems.
Sue Bottom

July - Navigating the SAOS Website

Sue Bottom, St. Augustine Orchid Society
Sue gave a hands-on demonstration on how to use our website to find answers to your questions. There is a ton of information archived on the website, you just have to know where to look for it.
St. Augustine Orchid Society Speakers at Monthly Meeting

June - Mounting Orchids

George Hausermann, EFG Orchids
George 'The Toolman' gave a hands-on demonstration on mounting orchids, including some of the tricks he uses at his nursery. Then he fired up his compressor to attach everyone's gift cattleya, what a guy!
Vern Bloch

May - Brassavola nodosa & Its Hybrids

Vern Bloch, Prior Owner of Palm Bay Orchids
Vern talked about those star-shaped summer blooming cattleyas, Brassavola nodosa and its hybrids. Everyone should grow Brassavola nodosa, they are some of the easiest orchids for beginners, they bloom several times a year, offer a wide spectrum of colors and flowers tend to last fairly well, with lots of evening fragrance.
Phillip Hamilton

April - Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids
Phillip talked about Phalaenopsis, with many helpful tips on culture as well as describing the species and how they are used in hybridizing, with special attention to the novelty types.
Bill Thoms

March - Bulbophyllums

Bill Thoms, Bulbophyllums
Bill talked about Bulbophyllums, those oddballs of the orchid world that often have very distinctive odors and very unusual shapes. He discussed culture and growing tips in his own unique style.
Mark Rose

February - Native Orchids of the Eastern US

Mark Rose, former owner of Breckenridge Orchids
Mark showed us many of the beautiful and fascinating species of native orchids, lots of ones for us to chose from in the Platanthera group of Fringed Orchids and Spiranthes group of Ladies' Tresses.
Ben Oliveros

January - Hawaiian Grown Orchids

Ben Oliveros, Orchid Eros
Ben talked about Hawaiian Grown Orchids, telling us some of the tricks of the trade. Of particular interest, he tallked about the commercial practices that work for and against the normal orchid grower.

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