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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
October 4 Monthly Meeting - Dendrobiums
Hold onto your hats, master grower and hybridizer Roy Tokunaga is coming to St. Augustine from Hawaii to talk to us about dendrobiums. Roy's talk will focus on some of the most commonly grown species and hybrids from 10 different sections of Dendrobiums. Lots of pictures and culture information.

You can preorder plants through September 26th from the Summer 2016 Price List on the H & R Website, shipping is free. Pre-orders can be emailed to Roy. Mention that the plants are to be delivered to the St. Aug Orchid Society. All pre-orders will be confirmed with an email.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm
Speaker:   Roy Tokunaga, H & R Nurseries
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

September 18 Keiki Club - Getting the 'chids Ready for Winter
It may not feel like it, but winter is coming and it's time to start your fall preparations. Spend some quality time with your orchids to get them ready for their winter home. We'll talk about fall preparations and the minimum night time temperatures your plants can tolerate in winter. We'll also talk about those orchids that require special winter care, like the deciduous dendrobiums and the catasetinae.

Date and Time:   Sunday, September 18th, 1 pm
Moderator:   Mary Colee
Where:   Drake and Dianne Batchelder's Home
728 Old Loggers Way, St. Aug 32086

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. 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

October 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. 3050 US 1 South in St. Augustine     Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, September 3, 9 am to 1 pm
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086

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

Blc. (Rlc.) Prada Green Deluxe
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Blc. (Rlc.) Prada Green Deluxe
August Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Gram. Yuan Nan Leopard
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Gram. Yuan Nan Leopard
July Member's Choice
Grower: Penny Halyburton and Michael Rourke

Paph. kolopakingii
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Paph. kolopakingii
June Member's Choice
Grower: Courtney Hackney

Orchid Articles

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
September in St. Augustine
The welcome transition to fall is upon us. Once the temperature and humidity mediate, you’ll notice many of your plants putting on a second growth spurt, reward them by watering a little more frequently with dilute fertilizer. You can expect the emergence of buds on many orchids from the cattleyas, evergreen dendrobiums and vandas to cycnoches, catasetums and miltonias. Select the ideal spot for the plant and place pendulous bloomers atop an inverted pot. Support the inflorescence as it emerges and open the sheath to prevent the accumulation of moisture around the developing buds... continue reading

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Although August did yield some patches of excellent drying weather, overall it was wetter than usual. Indeed, much of the month was more like September than a typical August... read more
Orchids in September. September looms as the only truly dismal month in South Florida. Even without the prospect of the unspeakable 'H' word, September disheartens since it is easily the dampest, dullest month in the year. Although more inches of rain fall in June, more hours of rain occur in the often slow, seemingly endless drizzles of September. Frequently a day or two can pass without so much as a solid hour of truly bright... read entire article

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Growing in Lava Rock. During the past 3 or 4 weeks I have had some time to spend in the greenhouse and time to review my orchid growing culture. It is often difficult to accurately assess whether cultural changes have really improved the growth of your orchids because too often all we remember... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Cattleyas - What Can Go Wrong, Pests & Diseases. Despite your best efforts to provide the best environmental conditions for your orchids, there are some pests and diseases that can wreak havoc with your cattleyas. The good news with cattleya pests is that there are chemicals that can kill the invader, the bad news is that pests can cause quite a bit of damage before you are aware of their presence... 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.

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