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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. The wettest of winters is giving way to the driest of springs. The drought of March has yielded great relief to our plants from the pressure of fungus. Careful watering from here forward will get our plants off to a good start on the growing season... 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:
Top Dressing Your Orchids. Regardless of where you settle on the potting mix debate, here’s a new twist. What benefits can you obtain from top dressing your orchid potting mix with different materials? read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Repotting Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas and Vandas. April is the busiest time of the year for orchid hobbyists and commercial nurseries alike, because most orchids are beginning their annual growth cycle. Fertilizing now will make a difference later when plants put out new growths and flowers. Hobbyists using Nutricote or Dynamite, 6-month release form, should apply it now... 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!

May 3 Monthly Meeting - Blue Cattleyas, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Dr. Courtney Hackney will talk about how the hybridizers developed blue cattleyas. Courtney, crowd favorite and author of the book American Cattleyas, will give us some insights into how the coerulea color forms in various species and hybrids of cattleyas came into existence. Courtney recently retired from teaching coastal biology at the University of North Florida so he will have more time to devote to his passions, orchids, fishing and whatever Rose wants! Orchids will be available on the sales and raffle table. Don't forget to bring plants to the show table! Orchids will be available on the sales and raffle table. Friends and guests are always welcome.
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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!

May 15 Keiki Club - Watering and Fertilizing Your Orchids, 1 - 3 pm
We'll talk about how to water and fertilize your orchids during each of the four seasons, handy devices for watering and fertilizing your plants and how to select a fertilizer based on your water quality.
Moderator:   Sue Bottom
Where:   Leslie and Chip Brickell's Home
1319 Wentworth Avenue, Jax 32259


Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

May 7 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm
The first Saturday of the month from February through October (and sometimes 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.


SAOS Happenings

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You can name the St. Augustine Orchid Society as your charity using the AmazonSmile program and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the St. Augustine Orchid Society. Here's a link to register SAOS as your favorite charity. Don't forget the smile, log into smile.amazon.com (rather than amazon.com) when making purchases so the club is credited.


Orchid Culture
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Orchid Culture by Genus Orchid Culture by Genus
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Growing Orchids in St. Augustine Month by Month Growing Orchids in St. Augustine Month by Month
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Martin Motes Notes Martin Motes Notes
Sue Bottom Articles Sue Bottom Articles

Orchid Pests and Diseases
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Orchid Diseases Orchid Diseases
Other Types of Damage Other Types of Damage
Viruses Orchid Viruses
Orchid Questions and Answers
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Cultural Tips for New Growers
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Seasonal Tips Seasonal Tips
Your First Orchid Your First Orchid
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Home and Backyard Orchid Growing Home and Backyard Orchid Growing
My Favorite Orchid My Favorite Orchid

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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.
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