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Monthly SAOS Meeting

September 3 Meeting - Catasetums

Francisco Miranda is a world renowned Brazilian taxonomist that will be talking to us about Brazilian Catasetum species. Their distribution and habitats will be discussed, many from the Amazon, to help us understand where and why the plants live where they do. He will also discuss flower dimorphism, a very interesting feature of the genus, in which both male and female flowers are produced.
    Bring your flowering orchids to the show table. There will be plants available on the vendor sales and raffle tables. Friends and visitors are always welcome!
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 3, 6:30 pm
New Meeting Location!
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
Enter Hall from Back Parking Lot
3375 US 1 South
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our August Members Choice is Tsubotaara Melinda Marie 'Blue Fairy' grown by Suzanne Susko. This plant is a hybrid between Pabanisia Eva's Blue Amazon x Zygonisia Cynosure, and belongs to the Zygopetalum Subtribe.
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins 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!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!
Culture Class. We have a beginners culture class before the main meeting, starting at 6 pm. In September, we'll be talking about "What to Do with Dendrobium Keikis."
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

New Meeting Location. We changed our meeting location in August to the Memorial Lutheran Church where we have our picnic and Christmas Party. It is located at 3375 US 1 South, a block north of our prior meeting place at Watson Realty. You'll turn west at the blinking light and drive around to the back parking lot to enter the meeting hall. We have lots more room!
Ace Repotting Clinics. 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.
Keiki Club. The Keiki Club growing area tours allow you to see how other SAOS members grow their orchids and learn some of their tricks. We’ll be traveling up to Leslie and Chip’s in September to see their beautiful growing areas. Many are thinking about what needs to be done to prepare for winter. This is a great opportunity to discuss fall preparations.
Where:   Leslie and Chip Brickell's Home
1319 Wentworth Ave, Jax 32259
When: Sunday, September 22, 1 - 3 pm

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

August in St. Augustine. August is the hottest month so be prepared to work diligently to ensure sufficient air circulation. Spray water on the floor, benches and outer surface of clay pots... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Standard Cattleyas. This summer has been a great one for Cattleyas in my greenhouse. When most growers refer to this group they are including all intergenerics (Blc, Lc, Slc, etc)... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. An exceptionally wet July has given way to a soggy start to August. The persistent afternoon thunderstorms have left our plants all too frequently wet through the lengthening nights of summer's end. ... read more
Orchids in August. July and August are the two most similar months in South Florida. Most of the advice on watering, disease and pest control in last month's calendar still apply but subtle changes are taking place... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Anthracnose in Cattleya Alliance Plant. A fellow St. Augustine Orchid Society member sent over a picture of her Laelia purpurata with over 40 blooms. Roberta was hoping the flowers would last until... read more

Join or Renew Your Membership

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.

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The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check (mail c/o Bill Gourley, 807 Kalli Creek Lane, St. Aug 32080). If you prefer to join or renew your membership on-line, you can pay using PayPal. The on-line dues for an individual are $21 and for a family $31, which include the PayPal fees.

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Catasetum Competition Grow

Fred Clarke sent us 20 plugs of this new hybrid, Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' x Ctsm. lucis and they were distributed to raffle ticket winners at the January meeting. 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.
Your catasetum should be in the maximum growth phase right now. Catasetums need plenty of air, water and nutrients during their growing season. The leaves should be full and the newest pseudobulb getting taller and fatter as it stores up energy. Once the pseudobulbs fatten up enough that the plant has enough strength to flower, we should start seeing bloom spikes, perhaps later this year! Read Fred's Summer Newsletter for some tips on watering and fertilizing in summer.

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