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Monthly SAOS Meeting

August 11 - Virtual Show Table

Courtney will zoom into cyberspace to tell us about the orchid picturess sent in for the virtual show table. An invitation will be sent to your email address.
Monthly SAOS Meeting

September 7 - You Bred What?
Dave Off, Waldor Orchids

Dave is focused on the best cultural practices for the heirloom cattleya collection he manages. His talk "You Bred What?" is meant to encourage people to try their hand at making their own crosses after considering what flower and plant attributes the parent plants might offer.
    Dave Off is the third generation of Offs specializing in growing cattleyas, cymbidiums and other orchids at Waldor Orchids in Linwood, New Jersey, a nursery started by Dave’s grandfather in 1925 (originally Brighton Florist) and continued by Dave’s late father Walter.
    You can preorder from the Waldor Orchids website, click on local pickup and add a note to deliver the plants ato the SAOS meeting. We’ll have our normal raffle table and Dave will host the sales table. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, September 7, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? call Sue at 904-797-4360 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org
August 7 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, August 7, 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
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our July Members Choice is Barkeria spectabilis grown and flowered by Allen Black. Barkeria is an unusual genus in the Cattleya alliance that has exotic flowers on plants that have to be grown where the roots are bathed in air.
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 Items for Sale. Potting mix, fertilizer, fertilizer baskets, vinyl plant tags, butterfly clips and more. Click for more info.
 

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:

Try New Things. People are always looking for better (and cheaper) ways of doing things and growing orchids is no exception. There are always companies selling new fertilizers, potting media... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. Although the past week erased the rain deficit, overall, June has been drier than normal. As always, dry is good news for our orchids as we always want to be able... 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 ... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

That tenebrosa lip. Ron McHatton writes about Laelia tenebrosa on the AOS website: Cattleya tenebrosa, one of the most spectacular of the former Brazilian laelias... 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.
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The seedlings were transferred into compots in spring 2021 so they can grow a bit more before we give everyone their own 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.