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Monthly SAOS Meeting

October 1 Meeting - Species for Florida

Thanh Nguyen, Springwater Orchids
    Thanh always has the most unusual orchids in his sales booth, so different from the orchids you see in the big box stores. Ever wonder why some orchids do better in Florida than others? You would think that all types would love Florida! But not so! Find out which are the best suited orchids to Florida's climate at this meeting.
    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!
When: Tuesday, October 1, 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 September Members Choice is Brassolaeliocattleya Blu Flamingo grown by Janis Croft and chosen by Terry of the photos sent in during Dorian. This plant is a hybrid between Blc. Mahina Yahiro x C. harrisoniana, and is a member of the Cattleya Alliance.
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" and then "How to Get Your Phalaenopsis to Bloom".
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. Last Repotting Clinic of the Year is October 5!
Keiki Club. We’ll be traveling up to Leslie and Chip’s in September to see their beautiful growing areas. Leslie says to wear water repellant shoes, the yard is mushy after the storms!
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:

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... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Tropical Storms. And the rains came…”, but not for 40 days and nights, at least not yet. Orchid growers in Florida experienced many days of torrential rainfall from Tropical Storm... read more
Fall Preparations. Fall officially arrives this month as do cool nights. If you haven’t noticed yet, the days are also getting shorter and the sun has moved considerably from its trek North... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This August has been exceptionally wet. All of the rain coming late in the season, just as the shortening hours of sunlight provide less drying time... 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... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Hot Humid Summers and the Tropical Storm Season. It is summertime and the growing is easy. As the spring days lengthened and warmed, you ramped up... 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.

Join the Club or Pay Your Dues

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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