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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 one to three times a day with an automated spray system or water wand and apply fertilizer either after roots dry off a bit.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. March, which is going out like a lion up north, is certainly exiting a lamb here in South Florida. The unseasonable cold which posed a problem for only the most cold sensitive of orchids, the hard cane dendrobiums, should provide a bonanza of bloom spikes for our vandas which have been vegetating sulkily in the too-even temperature of this most delightful winter... read more
Orchids in April. Far from the cruelest, April is the kindest month to South Florida orchid growers. The weather in April is definitely settled into warm, even deliciously hot, with passing cold fronts only adding the delight of a pleasant change in temperature. The clean, bright days brimming with abundant sunlight and the low relative humidity create the high drying potential that orchids love... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Orchid Myths - Foliar Feeding I never had so much fun learning how little I knew about something I thought I understood than I did at the kitchen counter with Alan Koch après our Orchid Club meeting. Take foliar feeding, I have heard people laughingly say... read more

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!

May 5 Monthly Meeting - Angraecums, 7 to 9 pm
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. Check out his Angraecum Blog for great information.

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!

May 17 Keiki Club - Summer Orchid Care, 1 - 3 pm
We'll talk about how to water and fertilize your orchids, provide enough of the right kind of light and make sure your orchids get enough fresh air to maximize their growth during the summer growing season.
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

May 2 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware - 9 am to 1 pm
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!

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
The Basics
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
Seasonal Tips
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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