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2009 SAOS Newsletters
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Christmas SAOS Auction

December 2009
Christmas Auction
Our annual Christmas auction was a huge success with loads of great food, great company and great flowers. Ain't we got fun!

Brian Monk, Blu Llama Orchids

November 2009
Brian Monk, Blu Llama Orchids
Brian Monk of Blu Llama Orchids discusses multifloral paphiopedilums and their hybrids. More flowers really are better in these enticing orchids that like an evenly moist mix.

Ruben Sauleda, Ruben in Orchids

October 2009
Ruben Sauleda, Ruben in Orchids
Ruben Sauleda of Ruben in Orchids discusses encyclias and their hybrids. Encyclias are the rewarding Cattleya alliance plants that can grow into showy specimen plants with long inflorescences, particularly when potted in a freely draining mix.

Bill Hill, Orchid Island Orchids

September 2009
Bill Hill, Orchid Island Orchids
Bill Hill of Orchid Island Orchids discusses warm growers in the Oncidiinae alliance. Hydrids with warm growers like the Brazilian miltonias can produce plants that will thrive in our summer heat.

Segundo Cuesta, Quest Orchids

August 2009
Segundo Cuesta, Quest Orchids
Segundo Cuesta of Quest Orchids talks about cattleyas, how to keep them healthy and bring them into bloom, sharing some of his best secrets. Here are some of the growing tips we learned from Segundo and Yolanda.

Robert Cating, University of Florida

July 2009
Robert A. Cating, University of Florida
Robert Cating of the University of Florida lectures on CSI for Orchids teaching growers of all skill levels how to differentiate different types of orchid problems (bacteria, fungi, virus and environmental disorders) and when and how to get an accurate diagnosis.

Phillip Hamilton, DeLeon's

June 2009
Phillip Hamilton, DeLeon's Bromeliads and Orchids
Phillip Hamilton of DeLeon's Bromeliads and Orchids in Mt. Dora discusses Phalaenopsis, how to grow them in our area, how to handle problems, species important in hybridizing and the latest hybrids from the Taiwan show.

Ron McHatton, AOS

May 2009
Ron McHatton, American Orchid Society
Ron McHatton, AOS Director of Education and Regional Operations, talks about color variations in orchids, how colors are presented in the flowers and how certain orchids suppress or enhance colors in their hybrids.

Greg Allikas, OrchidWorks

April 2009
Greg Allikas,
Greg Allikas, professional photographer and graphics artist, talks about the 25 best orchids he has seen. His OrchidWorks website has some incredible photographs as well as a great short course on putting together a show exhibit.

Jim Sabetto, Tropic 1

March 2009
Jim Sabetto, Tropic One Orchids
Jim Sabetto, cracker gone cajun former owner of Tropic 1 Orchids, talks about how to grow the best vandas in our area, the correct light, water and fertilizer, some common pests and some grower's secrets.

Shelton Thorne, American Group Travel

February 2009
Shelton Thorne, American Group Travel
Shelton Thorne of American Group Travel discussses travel opportunities for orchiding in Costa Rica and Panama.

Michael Sinn, Canaima Orchids

January 2009
Michael Sinn, Canaima Orchids
Michael Sinn talks about Venezuelan Cattleya species natural habitats and examples of selected clones.

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