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Orchids in May

General Growing Tips. Summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to maximize growth and develop the plant strength and food reserves needed for good flower production. Larger plants typically produce bigger and better flowers than smaller ones so resist the urge to divide your plants just for the sake of having more plants. Recycle your clay or plastic pots but be sure to sterilize them first along with any wire products. Do not reuse potting mix or drainage material.

Cattleyas. Get a head start on dividing cattleyas by severing the rhizome in whole or in part (at a point where you will have 3 to 5 pseudobulbs per division) with a sterile tool while the plant is still in the original pot. The new growths will emerge weeks later at which point you can finish repotting using a rhizome clip to secure the divisions. Continue feeding cattleyas with a dilute fertilizer solution with each watering and flush with fresh water monthly.

Cymbidiums. Finish repotting these elegant orchids if they are bursting out of the pot. If the medium is in good condition (just a year old), you may be able to move the plant from one container to another with the addition of a small amount of medium without disturbing the roots. Keep the pots moist and syringe the foliage frequently, particularly if you have moved the plant into brighter light.



Paphiopedilums. This is the ideal month to complete repotting of your lady's slippers into a fresh terrestrial mix. Remove dead roots and keep as many growths together as practical. The single flowered types should be in shade though the multiflorals like more light. Keep root zone moisture levels high (though Brachypetalum types generally like drier conditions)

Phalaenopsis. Repotting plants that have finished flowering is a priority. When you repot, remove the old inflorescence and eliminate all rotten or completely dehydrated roots and cut the roots back to about 2/3 the depth of the new pot. Remove also the dried bottom section of the old crown until you reach fresh tissue. Resume fertilizing when new roots become visible. Consider a spraying program with a recommended fungicide.

Vandas. Some plants may need more room for root development. If your plant is in a basket, simply drop it into a larger size basket. If your plant has become top heavy and unsightly, cut away the top part of the plant as long as this section has three roots to sustain it and rebasket it being careful to secure it so roots will not be damaged in the wind. Keep the bottom section of the plant in the old basket as it will usually sprout keikis at the base and be well established by the end of the summer.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. This April which began among the driest of the dry has ended in spectacular abundance of rain. Just as the weather was settling into a pattern of afternoon thunder storms which bespoke an early onset of the rainy season, massive cold fronts collided with this moisture laden tropical air... read more
Orchids in May. May is a month of transition in South Florida. Early in the month we can expect the driest weather of the year. Because of the clarity of the air and lack of cloud cover, temperatures rise rapidly in the late morning and can reach the upper eighties or nineties by mid afternoon before cooling substantially in late afternoon... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Secrets of a Great Orchid Grower Have you ever looked at someone’s plants and wondered if they have been feeding their ‘chids royal jelly? James Arnold of the Jacksonville Orchid Society has spectacularly well grown plants. He had some seedling paphiopedilums for sale at one of the meetings and they looked terrifically healthy and vigorous. When you lifted the pot you could feel the fat and happy thick roots through the thin plastic pot. The plants he displays on the show table and at orchid society exhibits are impeccably grown and flowered. I had to learn his secrets... read more


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SAOS News

Monthly SAOS Meeting          
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!

June 2 Monthly Meeting - Stanhopeas and Other Thin Leafed Orchids, 7 to 9 pm
Jill Godfrey will be speaking on Stanhopeas, and maybe if she has enough time she'll talk about Sobralias and Calanthes. Jill is a Miami native who started growing orchids at the age of 12 and joined the North Miami Amateur Orchid Club. She worked for the firm of Jones and Scully when they were located on the Miami River in the late ‘70’s. Jill is an AOS judge and avid orchid hobbyist, who loves her cattleyas and also grows dendrobiums and a wide variety of species. If you have ever had an interest in the orchids that bloom from the bottom of the pot (Stanhopeas) or the other plants that have thin-leaves, this will be a great lecture. Jill is very knowledgeable and even if you are not familiar with these orchids, you will be by the end of the evening!

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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!

June 14 Keiki Club - Repotting Phalaenopsis, 1 - 3 pm
It's time to do the unthinkable, cut your flower spike so you can repot your phalaenopsis and let the plant gather strength for next year's blooms. We'll show you how to repot a phalaenopsis and then roll up our sleeves and get to work. Bring a phalaenopsis that needs repotting. To cover the cost of supplies, we’ll charge $2 for a 4 inch pot and $3 for a 6 inch pot.
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

June 6 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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