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Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
April 4 Monthly Meeting - Spring Orchid Auction
We'll be having our spring auction at the meeting in April. Courtney is picking up some budded and flowering cattleyas at the Orchid Trail in North Carolina, and Sue, Linda and Terry are picking up a variety of other plants in Apopka. Should be a great selection! An advance listing of the plants to be auctioned will be posted here to whet your appetite. We'll also have a sales table with nice plants at reasonable prices for those that don't want to get into the bidding frenzy. And don't forget to bring your plants to the show table! Friends and guests are always welcome.

Date and Time:   Tuesday, April 4, 7 pm
Event:   Spring Orchid Auction
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

Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

April 23 - Picnic and Orchid Swap  

  In lieu of the keiki club, we'll have a picnic and orchid swap. We'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for all. Feel free to bring a side dish and liquid libations and join the fun. Bring any extra plants you have to swap with other members. If you don't have plants to barter with, cash works too! Please let Events Veep Lady Di (436-5618) know if you plan on attending to assure there is a hamburger and/or hot dog for you.
  Susan Smith will give a brief talk on how to grow Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums (previously scheduled for May). These beautiful and exotic orchids put on an elegant and long lived display. Susan will talk about how she grows her beautiful specimens, you may decide to grow them too!

Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
When: April 23, 4 - 6 pm

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

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

Paph. Saint Swithin
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Paph. Saint Swithin
March Member's Choice
Grower: Harry and Celia McElroy

Dtps. Green Field Red Zuul 'Harlequin Queen'
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Dtps. Green Field Red Zuul 'Harlequin Queen'
February Member's Choice
Grower: Suzanne Susko

Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:
March in St. Augustine
Signs of spring abound with an abundance of emerging flower spikes and buds. The flush of spring growth will follow soon... continue reading

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
When to Start Fertilizing in Spring. The only real rule of orchid growing is that the rules are just guidelines... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. Such a February for orchid growing as never! With consistent day temperatures in the seventies... read more
Orchids in March. Whilst March never comes in like a lion in South Florida, occasionally it slinks in like a bob cat. Frost... read entire article

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Calcium Deficiency in Cattleyas. You already know that calcium is an essential nutrient required for optimal growth... read entire article

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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