Events - Calendar of Events
Orchids in July

General Growing Tips. The heat and humidity of summer are here. When day time temperatures rise above the 90 to 95F range, you’ll see orchid growth start to slow. Water slightly less frequently than during the spring. Orchid plants require lots of fresh air to keep the plant leaves cool. Consider spraying under benches or the planting area to lower temperatures a few degrees. Pests are most active during the warm months. Be vigilant in observing signs of damage and treat quickly if they appear. The bulk of your repotting should be complete.

Cattleyas. Cattleyas can be watered and fertilized daily if mounted or every second or third day if in a coarse, freely draining medium. Applying adequate fertilizer is the best way to ensure the best blooming in that the growths your plants are making now are the source of future blooms. Be careful to peel back the flower sheaths so the emerging buds don't rot. Also remove dried cataphylls to eliminate hiding places for scale. Higher temperatures and humidity may lead to fungal or bacterial rot. Watch for signs of pests or diseases and respond quickly.

Cymbidiums. Growths should be developing strongly now. The leaves of the new growths are best when they are broad and fairly stiff. The color should be a light green to nearly yellow. Cool your plants in the early morning and late evening using a hose or automatic misting system.

Dendrobiums. It is almost impossible to overwater dendrobiums this time of year, assuming you have them either mounted or in a coarse, mostly inorganic medium. Lots of heat and light call for liberal applications of water and fertilizer.

Oncidiums. Many of the intergeneric crosses between odontoglossums and oncidiums (Odontocidium, Wilsonara, Colmanara, etc.) will be blooming now. Take special care to train the spikes for best floral displays. Keep plants under fairly shady conditions. Watch for snails and slugs.

Phalaenopsis. Most, if not all, repotting should be complete by now. Once root growth begins after repotting, you can continue watering with a dilute fertilizer solution every week or so if your phals are in a soilless or coco type mix; the frequency might be every 2 weeks or so if your plants are potted in the more water retentive sphagnum moss. The summer growth phase is the source of energy for next spring's flower spikes. The more leaves the plants grow, the better potential for flower spiking will be realized. Don't let water accumulate in the crowns of plants, or crown rot can occur and quickly kill your plants. If grown outdoors, grow the plants with the pots tilted so rainwater will freely drain from the crown.

Vandas. Plants will be growing quickly now and really enjoying the hot humid days. Continue giving vandas what they want, light, water, fertilizer and air. Watch for signs of thrips that will mar the flowers and cause girdling on the roots. Respond promptly to any problems found.

More Monthly Advice

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. June has been much cooler and exceptionally dry this year. The late advent of the rainy season has allowed our orchids to get off to an excellent start free from disease pressure. The drier air has also produced much wider swings in day to night temperatures which have stimulated exceptional rooting... read more
Orchids in July. Although it mostly passes unnoticed to millions locked in their air-conditioned bubbles, July in South Florida is quite different from June. While the pattern of afternoon showers built from the moisture of the morning's sea breeze persists in July, the thunder-storms are sharper and shorter. The clouds linger less and the foliage dries more quickly. Less quantity of rain falls in July than in June... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
The Mystery of Sphagnum Moss Orchid growers have a love hate relationship with sphagnum moss. Those that hate it say it caused their plants to rot, and those that love it have probably learned how to properly water plants growing in it. They’ve learned that you don’t water because it’s Saturday morning, your normal watering day. You water plants growing in sphagnum when the moss approaches dryness... read more


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!

August 4 Monthly Meeting - The Basics of Orchid Growing, 7 to 9 pm
Michael Polen of Art Stone Orchids in St. Pete will be outlining his hands on approach to orchid growing at the August 4 meeting. Michael is a very down to earth speaker who will talk about how to grow the healthiest and happiest orchids. There won’t be any pretty pictures or a power point presentation, but there will be plenty of great tips on how to get the most from your orchid addiction.

Mike and his wife Paula became interested in orchids through their mothers who both grew them. In the early 1980s on a fishing trip to the Florida Keys, they shopped for orchids on the way home for their mothers. It wasn’t too long before they were buying orchids for themselves. They put orchids around their fountains to enhance the fountain sales and the orchids were so popular customers were stopping for orchids and the orchid business was born.
Not a Member? Sign Up to Receive Our Newsletter
We have assembled lots of information to help you grow the happiest and healthiest orchids. You can help us maintain this orchid cultural database by providing some financial support. Sign up for a $6 annual online subscription, that's 50 cents per newsletter. We'll deliver our newsletter packed with advice right to your inbox and you'll help us maintain the quality of our website and newsletter!

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!

August 16 Keiki Club - Staking Your Orchids, 1 - 3 pm
It's good to spend some quality time with your orchids, particularly if you take the time to stake the flower spikes for their best presentation. Staking techniques for summer blooming orchids like cattleyas, dendrobiums and oncidiums will be discussed, along with some other tricks. We won't be repotting at the Youngs, bring any plants that need repotting to the Ace repotting clinic.
Where:   Kathy and Mark Young's Home (Air Conditioned Meeting Location)
160 West Genung Street, St. Augustine 32086

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

August 1 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
Culture General Orchid Culture
Orchid Growing Basics The Basics
Repotting Orchids Repotting Orchids
Orchid Culture by Genus Orchid Culture by Genus
Water Quality and Fertilizer Water Quality and Fertilizer

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

Orchid Pests and Diseases
Orchid Pests and Diseases
Orchid Pests Orchid Pests
Orchid Diseases Orchid Diseases
Other Types of Damage Other Types of Damage
Viruses Orchid Viruses
Orchid Questions and Answers
Questions and Answers
Cultural Tips for New Growers
Tips for New Growers
Seasonal Tips Seasonal Tips
Your First Orchid Your First Orchid
AOS Beginner's Newsletters AOS Beginner's Newsletters
Home and Backyard Orchid Growing Home and Backyard Orchid Growing
My Favorite Orchid 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 Photographs Show Table Orchid Photographs
Orchid Photographs Orchid Photos Categorized by Alliance
SAOS Event Photgraphs Photo Archive of all SAOS Events
Orchid Videos Orchid Videos

Donate to the SAOS
Your information source for growing orchids in North Florida. The SAOS is a Section 501(c)(3) not for profit organization for the development, improvement, preservation, cultivation and hybridization of orchids. All donations are tax deductible.

St Augustine Orchid Society Site Map
Site Map
Search the site using the site map or search box.

View Mobile Site