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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

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

July 6 Monthly Meeting - What's Wrong with My Orchid?
On Independence Day, you will be celebrating the birth of this great nation with friends and family. Our normal first Tuesday meeting night falls on July 4th this year, so we moved the meeting night to the first Thursday, July 6th.
  We are planning an open discussion about any problems you may be having with your orchids. Courtney Hackney and Sue Bottom will talk briefly about the types of problems growers typically face and then we will a dialogue about the specific problems you might be having with your orchids.
  Send a picture of your problem orchid anytime from now until several days before the meeting to with a short description. Sue will compile these into a slideshow so the entire audience can see the issue. With audience participation, Courtney and Sue will diagnosis the problem, talk about how it might be corrected and, more importantly, prevented in the future.
  Pictures are preferred so the audience can easily see the issue, as well as to prevent spreading problems to other orchids. We will set a table up outside you can set your problem plants on and they can be brought into the conference room one by one for discussion.
  This is a great opportunity to talk orchids in a friendly, open forum. Members are invited to bring orchids to sell on the Sales Table. Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. Don’t be shy, first time exhibitors get 3 free raffle tickets. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!

Date and Time:   Tuesday, July 6, 7 pm
Event:   What's Wrong with My Orchid?
Where:   Watson Realty, Conference Room by Back Parking Lot
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!

Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

July 1 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, July 1, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

Keiki Club Is on Summer Vacation  

  The Keiki Club is for our beginning orchid growers. We begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all to discuss any and 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.
  We schedule monthly meetings during the spring when our orchids have roused from their winter rest. We talk about watering, fertilizing, repotting and other growing issues. We finish up the spring season with a Picnic and Orchid Swap in April.
  Then comes our summer vacation. Keep watering and fertilizing your plants and be on the lookout for pests and diseases. SAOS members are available at the monthly repotting clinics if you have any questions or problems.
  We reconvene in September for a talk about fall preparations and the winter cold hardiness of different types of orchids. We have field trip opportunities to the Gainesville Orchid Society Show and EFG Orchtoberfest. Then it is time for our orchids to rest while we celebrate the holidays!

Enc. Patricia Sander
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Enc. Patricia Sander
June Member's Choice
Grower: Sue Bottom

Enc. Orchid Jungle
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Enc. Orchid Jungle
May Member's Choice
Grower: Roberta Hicks

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
June in St. Augustine
Spring's mild days are gone. The late spring-early summer growing conditions induce vigorous vegetative activity... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Watering When Humidity is Low. Once again, I find that I have misjudged how quickly my orchids are drying out... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Although punctuated by a day of record high temperatures in the last week, May overall has been cooler.... read more
Orchids in June. June is the most dramatically tropical month in South Florida. As the southeast Trade Winds blow cool... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Plant Hormones and Apical Dominance. Plant hormones are naturally produced substances created in small amounts in one part... 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. read SAOS Happenings

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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.

Join the St. Augustine Orchid Society 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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We have a Facebook page where we post notices of our events, the Member's Choice plants and pictures from orchid events. The page doesn't work well for individuals to post questions or pictures, so we recently began a St. Augustine Orchid Society group. We're hoping that this will provide a more open forum for orchid discussions.

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