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Monthly SAOS Meeting

April 20 Virtual Show Table

    Courtney will Zoom into Cyberspace to weave his orchid stories on April 20th at 7 pm. All members will be sent an invitation link to the Zoom presentation. Members send in pictures of their beauties for the newsletter and Courtney's mid-month Virtual Show Table presentation.
Monthly SAOS Meeting

May 4 - African Orchids
Daryl Venables, Tezula Plants

Daryl will talk to us about African Orchids. Daryl moved from South Africa to Miami in his late teens.   Daryl's passion for orchids began at the age of seven when his parents took him to his first orchid show. He says it was love at first sniff! For many years his passion was African Orchids, those angraecoids that often have a long white spur to accommodate their moth pollinators. Daryl will share his cultural hints and tips with us. al raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!
We will live stream the presentation portion of the meeting. Members will receive an invite by email.
When:   Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Picnic and Orchid Sale. Rain or shine, we’ll be enjoying barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs at our annual picnic. Bring a side dish to round out the meal and your adult beverage of choice, and join in the fun. Members are invited to bring any orchids, orchid companions or supplies you want to sell or swap. We may have a few plants to auction too! Please email or call (954-560-6470) Events Veep Dianne know if you plan on attending so we can be sure to have enough hamburgers and hot dogs for you.
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
When: Sunday, April 18, 4 - 6 pm
Keiki Club. Our beginners programs include culture classes, monthly repotting clinics, a mentoring program along with Keiki Club road trips and growing area tours.
May 1 Repotting Clinic. The first Saturday of the month from 9 am til noon, February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members are available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.
When: Saturday, May 1, 9 am - noon
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South
Turn west at the blinking light across from the new fire and police station on US 1 and drive around to the back of the Church
SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix,timed release fertilizer, butterfly clips and more. Click for more info.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our April Members Choice is Ludisia discolor grown by Janis Croft. This gorgeous specimen plant had more flower spikes than we have fingers and toes. Beautiful blooming!
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 with a plant sale 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 growers of all levels. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!
SAOS Activities
2021 Dues. It's that time of year! The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check (mail c/o Linda Stewart, 1812 Diana Drive, Palatka 32177), or for an extra dollar use these PayPal links.
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Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

April in St. Augustine. This is one of the most exciting months of the year, filled with an abundance of flower spikes emerging. It's the beginning of the long growing... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Cattleya Repotting. In case you were not paying attention, the equinox has come and gone, which means that days are now more than 12 hours long. Indoor growers need to adjust lights ... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. March this year came in like a lion and just barely made it out as a lamb. What made this March remarkable was the number of days when the temperature... 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...read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Rots in Catasetums. Catasetum repotting begins in the winter, after they have spent weeks to months in a dry dormant state. The year begins when the new green... read more

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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 so we can get to know each other. If you would like to join, you can complete this interactive form.

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Catasetum Competition Grow

Fred Clarke sent us 20 plugs for the raffle table in January 2019. We are going to have prizes for the first one to bloom this hybrid, the one with the nicest flower, and the best grown one. Here's more information about the cross and how to grow catasetums. The summer growths are maturing now and you may start to see some of the oldest leaves drop.
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First to Flower. Janis Croft was the first to flower her catasetum. It bloomed in August on a spike of mostly female flowers with two male flowers at the tip of the flower spike. She won a Ctsm. Sheriff Frank Drew with multiple spikes.
Best Grown. Glo MacDonald won the best grown casetum award at the September 2020 meeting. She won a Ctsm. Sue Bottom she had been coveting, red with a fimbriated lip.
Best Flower. Send pictures of your catasetum in bloom to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org for entry into the best flower contest. Fred Clarke will judge the photo submittals in November 2021 during his trip to St. Augustine.
Culture Tips Here are some of Fred Clarke's culture tips for the season.
 

Jim Roberts Deflasking Project

At our August 2019 meeting, Jim Roberts of Florida SunCoast Orchids showed us how to deflask orchids and pot them up in either plug trays or compots. Five caretakers are nurturing them until they grow up to a size where they can be planted individually.
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Art Russell and Harry McElroy report that the seedlings are growing well and should be ready for potting up soon. They were not ready in February of 2021 when we had our repotting party, so they were transferred into community pots to grow a bit more before we give everyone their one seedling to bring home. Maybe we'll have another competition grow to see who gets the first bloom, the best bloom and the best grown award.