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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
January 3 Monthly Meeting - Growing Orchids in Palm Coast
This is the third year of our new tradition in which the January meeting is a presentation by our local growers describing the specifics of their orchid growing practices. Last year we ran out of time before Suzanne Susko could give her full program. This was our loss because Suzanne grows the most immaculate plants and we will all benefit from learning more of her secrets.

Suzanne grows on racks mounted on casters in the pool lanai so plants can be easily moved around for more or less sun and rain and then she rolls them into a portable greenhouse in winter. Her growing conditions are applicable to probably 90% of our members who will be most reassured that you can grow great plants without a greenhouse. Don’t miss this hands on program full of nifty ideas on how best to grow orchids during the warm growing months and winter resting season along with lessons learned. Members are invited to bring plants to sell.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, January 3, 7 pm
Speaker:   Suzanne Susko, Orchid Grower, SAOS Director
Where:   Watson Realty, Back conference Room
3505 US 1 South, St. Augustine

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins with a plant sale at 7 pm followed by a review of the show table plants and presentation by an orchid expert. The meeting closes with a plant raffle where members can expand their collections. It's fun and informative for beginner and experienced growers. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club - Winter Hiatus
The days are getting shorter and cooler and your orchids are thinking about taking a winter nap. Make sure they are protected in the event of cold winter weather and then focus on enjoying this glorious thing we call life. Enjoy your friends and family during the holiday months. We’ll start talking about orchids again in January. Til then, enjoy every moment!

The Keiki Club is for our beginner orchid growers. This year we're trying a new format where we double up during the spring months and go on vacation during the summer. 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. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!    
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers!

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

February 4 Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to 1 pm
The first Saturday of the month from February through October (and sometimes November), St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.    
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, October 1, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Cattleya NOID 'Purple Passion'
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Cattleya NOID 'Purple Passion'
Nov. Member's Choice Grower: Linda Powell

Lc. (C.) Ditto Head
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Lc. (C.) Ditto Head
Oct. Member's Choice Grower: Harry and Celia McElroy

Blc. Cherry Suisse'Jean Gilliland'
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Blc. (Rth.) Cherry Suisse 'Jean Gilliland' AM/AOS
Sept. Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Orchid Articles

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
December in St. Augustine
Winter's cool days and nights have already affected most collections; if all plants are not already indoors, they soon may be. Concerning daylight intensity and its duration, the seasonal change must be obvious by now... continue reading

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Orchid Detective - Roots. The growth of plants is directly tied to a root system that delivers enough water and nutrients to accommodate the plant’s needs... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Except for one brief bout of cold, this November has been pleasantly warmer than usual. It has also been drier. The broad, slow moving cold fronts brought few dramatic rains... read more
Orchids in December. December marks the beginning of the serious dry season in South Florida. While this additional dryness provides relief from the autumnal rains that can bring so many fungal problems... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Gifts for the Orchid Lover. Looking for a gift for an orchid fanatic? You may think your orchid lover has one of everything, but rest assured, there is still something that person desperately needs or wants... read more

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.

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The St. Augustine Orchid Society is a dynamic group of orchid growers having all levels of experience, from those who just brought their first orchid home to those with overflowing greenhouses. All members have one thing in common. We love to share our experiences, our knowledge and our orchid divisions with other orchid growers. Come to one of our meetings and so we can get to know each other.

Become a Member! The dues are $15 for an individual or $25 for a family if paid by check. If you prefer to join or renew your membership online, you can pay using PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account. The online dues for an individual are $16 and for a family $26, which includes the fees PayPal charges the SAOS to facilitate the transaction.

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