2021 SAOS Newsletters

 

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Keith Davis2

April - Unappreciated Cattleyas
Courtney Hackney, Hackneau Art and Orchids

Courtney talked about some unappreciated but important cattleya species that are in the background of modern cattleya hybrids, such as the Rupicolous Laelias for flatness and intense color, Cattleya bicolor for flatness, flower stems and substance, and Laelia tenebrosa for intensely pigmented dark purple cattleyas.
 
 
Bill Thoms

March - Bulbophyllums
Linda Stewart, St. Augustine Orchid Society

Linda and other SAOS members are infatuated with bulbophyllums, with their odd shapes, strange appendages and brilliant color. Linda talked about potting them in bonsai pots, and other members shared their techniques with using wooden, tree fern and cork rafts and plastic, metal and clay baskets.
    Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our March Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
 
 
Jim Roberts

February - Encyclia Hybrids
Jim Roberts, Florida SunCoast Orchids

Jim gave a good introduction to the encyclia species that are easily grown in Florida and some of their notable hybrids. His presentation focused on the goals of hybridizing encyclias with cattleya alliance plants, talking about what worked well and what was somewhat disappointing.
    Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our February Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
 
 
Phillip Hamilton

January - Growing Tips for St. Augustine
Brandon Silvester and Charlie Rowell

SAOS Growers Brandon and Charlie share their orchid growing tips at the January meeting. Charlie talked about growing orchids on mounts outdoors, many on pecky cypress, sharing his tips for the unusual mounts he makes for his orchids. Brandon talked about growing orchids indoors under LED lights. The widely available shop lights fitted with LED's can easily provide enough light for growing and flowering your orchids.
    Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our January Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.