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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

June 6 Monthly Meeting - Decoding Dendrobiums
Mark Reinke of Marble Branch Farms in South Carolina will decode dendrobiums for us, those surprising orchids you thought you knew. Mark’s program addresses the native climates and cultural needs of different Dendrobium sections. You will be pleasantly surprised by how many of these new introductions do well alongside your other orchids, offering long lasting, colorful blooms without the need for high heat, high light, or annual starving or chilling.
  Don't forget to bring plants to the show table, first time exhibitors get free raffle tickets! We'll also have time release fertilizer, potting mix, baseball caps and T shirts for sale. Plants will be available on the raffle and sales tables. Friends and guests are always welcome.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, June 6, 7 pm
Event:   Decoding Dendrobiums
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 at 7 pm 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 beginner and experienced growers. 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

June 3 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm
The first Saturday of the month from February through October (and sometimes November), 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, June 3, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club Is on Summer Vacation  

  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 and thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.
  We schedule monthly meetings during the spring when our orchids have roused from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting and other growing issues. We finish up the spring season with a Picnic and Orchid Swap in April.
  Then comes our summer vacation. Keep watering and fertilizing your plants and be on the lookout for pests and diseases. SAOS members are available at the monthly repotting clinics if you have any questions or problems.
  We reconvene in September for a talk about fall preparations and the winter cold hardiness of different types of orchids. We have field trip opportunities to the Gainesville Orchid Society Show and EFG Orchtoberfest. Then it is time for our orchids to rest while we celebrate the holidays!

Enc. Orchid Jungle
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Enc. Orchid Jungle
May Member's Choice
Grower: Roberta Hicks

Phal. Sweet Memory 'Bubbles' AM/AOS
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Phal. Sweet Memory 'Bubbles' AM/AOS
April Member's Choice
Grower: Bill Gourley

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
May in St. Augustine
Summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to maximize growth and develop the plant strength and food reserves... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Does Your Orchid Have to be Repotted. May is one of the busiest months for orchid hobbyists. There is still time to repot... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This April has been slightly cooler and slightly drier than usual but the pattern of drought punctuated... read more
Orchids in May. May is a month of transition in South Florida. Early in the month we can expect the driest weather... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Citric Acid for High Alkalinity Water. If you are one of those lucky individuals with low to moderate alkalinity water... 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

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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 and so we can get to know each other.

Join the St. Augustine Orchid Society The dues are $15 for an individual or $25 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 $16 and for a family $26, which includes the fees PayPal charges the SAOS to facilitate the transaction.

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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 recently began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. We're hoping that this will provide a more open forum for orchid discussions.

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