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Orchids in April

General Growing Tips. This is one of the most exciting months of the year, filled with an abundance of flower spikes emerging. It's the beginning of the long growing season, enabling us to provide our plants with the foundation for maximum flower production in the next flowering season. Increase water and fertilizer as the days lengthen and warm to yield floral dividends in the months beyond. Consider adding an additional 30% shade cloth to protect plants from the intense summer sun and heat. When the humidity is low, consider switching to Courtney's nighttime watering regimen.

Cattleyas. C. aclandiae and C. forbesii produce flowers that last for weeks. C. mossiae and its hybrids are well known for their spectacular, long lasting heads of 6 in blossoms that provide an abundance of flowers. Begin the annual repotting cycle by shifting and dividing those cattleyas that flowered earlier this year and are beginning to produce new growth. Typically you should repot only when the new growth is emerging to take advantage of the plant's tendency to make new roots when it is forming new pseudobulbs. Enc. cordigera should be blooming profusely now. The spicy fragrance will last for several weeks. Consider shifting it to a wooden basket when flowering is complete.

Cymbidiums. If you have more than one or two brown leaves, you may have a cultural problem. If the plant is loose in its pot, the mix has degraded and the plant should be repotted. If the plant is firm in its pot, it is asking for more fertilizer.



Phalaenopsis. Moth orchids are in their prime, boasting arching and branching sprays of beautiful flowers. Most growers don't spray chemicals on blooming phals so check for signs of pests like scale or mites that you can spot treat with alcohol.

Vandas. Vandas are entering into their growth period and you should see an abundance of new rootlets. Locate them where they get bright bright light (though not direct light) and plenty of fresh air. Increase water and fertilizer to fuel their growth, they'll reward you later in the season with abundant blooms. Water them two or three times a day with an automated spray system or water wand and apply fertilizer either before watering or after roots dry off a bit.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. February has brought us more of the warm, balmy weather that the Tourist Board and our vandas so enjoy. The extra warmth has been too much of a good thing for some of our genera which would have preferred a longer winter's rest... read more
Orchids in April. While March is going out like a lion to our north, it seems most lamb like here. The ups and downs of temperature in this quixotic March have affected our orchids in various and different ways... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Potting in Tree Fern Baskets One Cent (you may know her as Penny) and I love potting certain orchids in tree fern baskets. The plants seem to acclimate very quickly to their new homes and the plant presentation is very attractive... read more


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SAOS News
Monthly SAOS Meeting          Subscribe to Our Newsletter
We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Watson Realty, located at 3505 US 1 South in St. Augustine. The meeting begins with a plant sale at 7 pm followed by a presentation by an orchid expert at 7:15. The meeting closes with a plant raffle and auction where members can expand their collections. It's fun and informative for beginner and experienced growers. Here's a membership form if you want to join. Visitors and guests are always welcome!
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!

Next Monthly Meeting - May 6
Tom Kuligowski is an avid orchid hobbyist and photographer, specializing in angraecums. Angraecums are known for their beautiful, showy flowers, many that are fragrant at night. Angraecums have very unique shapes and the most pristine white coloration. Tom’s presentation will help you learn how to grow these beauties successfully and in turn, grace you with years of enjoyment. All of the plants shown in his presentation are from his collection, in various stages of maturity from seedlings to first time bloomers to specimen plants.

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club


Keiki Club for Orchid Beginners
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. Visitors and guests are always welcome!
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers!

Next Keiki Club - Orchids Outside the Pot, April 27
We'll talk about the differences in caring for a potted orchid vs. one outside the pot. We'll look at the different options available, on a mount, on a plaque, in a basket, etc. and demonstrate how to attach an orchid to its new media-less home.
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware - May 3
The first Saturday of the month from February through November, Master Gardeners and St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids. We will be at the Ace Hardware at 3050 US 1 South in St. Augustine from 9 am until 1 pm.
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!


Special Events

Special Events - May 4 Open House at Orchids by Del Rei
Fred Keefer is hosting an Open House at his greenhouse on Sunday, May 4 from noon until 4 pm. Food, libations and specially priced orchids will be offered. Bring a donation for the Hastings Food Pantry. The Flagler Estates address is 4270 Cedar Ford Blvd, Hastings 32145, call Fred at 386-325-4845 for directions.


SAOS Happenings

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.


Orchid Culture
Orchid Culture
General Orchid Culture
Repotting Orchids
Orchid Culture by Genus
Water Quality and Fertilizer

Monthly Orchid Checklists and Newsletters
Monthly Orchid Growing Advice
Growing Orchids in St. Augustine Month by Month
Courtney Hackney's Tips
Martin Motes Notes
Sue Bottom Articles

Orchid Pests and Diseases
Orchid Pests and Diseases
Orchid Pests
Orchid Diseases
Other Types of Damage
Orchid Viruses
Orchid Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers
Cultural Tips for New Growers
Tips for New Growers
Orchid Growing Basics
Your First Orchid
AOS Beginner's Newsletters
Home and Backyard Orchid Growing
My Favorite Orchid

Orchid Photographs

Orchid Photographs
Terry Bottom photographs all the orchids brought to the Show Table each month. There is an interactive form to identify your plant on the show table.
Show Table Orchid Photographs
Orchid Photos Categorized by Alliance
Photo Archive of all SAOS Events
Orchid Videos


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