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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
November 1 Monthly Meeting - Bulbophyllums
Orchid hobbyist John Budree will talk about Bulbophyllums at the November meeting. Bulbophyllums are the largest genus within the Orchid family tree, with over 2000 species. The flowers are very unique and generally have strong odors which are made to attract their main pollinators, flies. Some produce single blooms which last only a few days and others have sequential stems with an ongoing show of blooms.

John was born in Trinidad and moved to Florida about fifteen years ago. In Trinidad, he grew many different types of orchids and took part in collecting and displaying them at many shows. When he came to Florida, he was able to grow all of those plants he could only read about and even meet growers and experts who wrote the articles that he had read in AOS magazines. Orchids will be available on the sales and raffle tables.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm
Speaker:   John Budree, Orchid Hobbyist
Where:   Watson Realty, Back conference Room
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!

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

October 22 Keiki Club - Orchtoberfest at EFG Orchids in DeLand
We’re planning to go down to the Orchtoberfest at EFG in DeLand for the Orchtoberfest on Saturday, the 22nd. Orchids, tropical plants and orchid supplies will be offered for sale by EFG and the vendors participating in the event. The Hausermann clan will be busy grilling brats and serving German potato salad and more, including German beer! Email Keiki Club Coordinator Mary Colee to make arrangements.

Date:   Saturday, October 22
Where:   EFG Orchids
4265 Marsh Rd, DeLand, FL 32724
728 Old Loggers Way, St. Aug 32086

The Keiki Club is for our beginner orchid growers. We meet monthly from January through October, usually on a Sunday afternoon. Our Keiki Club Get Togethers begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all when we can discuss any and all 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!

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

February 4 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. 3050 US 1 South in St. Augustine     Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, October 1, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Lc. (C.) Ditto Head
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Lc. (C.) Ditto Head
Oct. Member's Choice Grower: Harry and Celia McElroy

Blc. Cherry Suisse'Jean Gilliland'
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Blc. (Rth.) Cherry Suisse 'Jean Gilliland' AM/AOS
Sept. Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Blc. (Rlc.) Prada Green Deluxe
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Blc. (Rlc.) Prada Green Deluxe
August Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Gram. Yuan Nan Leopard
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Gram. Yuan Nan Leopard
July Member's Choice
Grower: Penny Halyburton and Michael Rourke

Orchid Articles

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
October in St. Augustine
We usually receive our first cold snap around Halloween, so if you are growing outdoors, this is the time for you to make your winter preparations. Check your winter structure, test fire your heaters and start cleaning your plants. With the shortening days and cooler temperatures, your plants require less water and fertilizer now. Observe the rate at which your plants dry out after watering and make adjustments, gradually adding days in between your normally watering cycle... continue reading

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Common Orchid Growing Mistakes. “Do no harm” is a basic tenant of the medical profession that many orchid hobbyists would be wise to adopt. A large number of orchids I see in my travels suffered premature deaths or injury, largely because of a misinformed attempt to help the orchid grow. The following is a list assembled from my experience with other growers and from my own mistakes.... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This September has been more like August. Although there were considerable periods of overcast and drizzle there were unusually long periods of dry weather punctuated with heavy rainfall producing more than average accumulations of rain. Surprisingly for September, dry weather persisted for long enough that Thrips became a problem... read more
Orchids in October. October is a month of change in South Florida. If the Romans had lived here where we do, they would have named this month for their two faced god Janus. Usually around the middle of the month, and certainly by the end of the month, the first strong cold front pushes into South Florida bringing to a close the monolithic heat and damp of summer and ushering in weather as most of the continent knows it... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchids Outside the Pot. Sometimes cattleyas get away from you. It’s a bulb or two out of the pot but that latest bulb has a sheath and you don’t want to disrupt the blooming cycle. Then you get busy with something else and before you know it, the plant is growing along the outside of the pot. You know how much damage you’ll do to the root system if you try to separate the plant from the pot and you don’t really want to break the pot…so now what can you do... 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.

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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.

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