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Monthly SAOS Meeting

May 5: Potting & Mounting Orchids

Tony Millet, Bonnet House
    Tony rescheduled his trip to St. Aug to the May meeting, where he will be showing us his special methods of mounting and repotting orchids, with emphasis on techniques and the use of different materials including cork, driftwood, plaques, baskets and mounts. Proper sterilization of tools will also be discussed in order to limit spread of virus to your collection.
When: Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
Enter Hall from Back Parking Lot
3375 US 1 South
Virtual Show Table. Here's a link to Courtney's Virtual Show Table presentation we had in lieu of our April meeting.
Orchids for Sale. Here are listings of orchids for sale from our favorite speakers. Have 'em delivered!
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Coronavirus Update. All April scheduled events have been moved to May. Who knows what May will bring?
SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix, slotted clay pots, fertilizer, plant tags... Click for more info.
Become a Member. The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family... Click for more info.
May 17 Picnic and Orchid Sale. Hopefuly, we’ll be enjoying barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs at our annual picnic. Bring a side dish to round out the meal and your liquid libation of choice, and join in the fun. George Hausermann with EFG Orchids will join us and have orchids, tropicals and supplies to sell! Please email or call (436-5618) Events Veep Dianne know if you plan on attending so we can be sure to have enough hamburgers and hot dogs for you.

Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our April Members Choice is Pomatocalpa spicatum, a delightful plant grown by Linda Stewart and a gift from her brother Steve Hawkins. This cute little vandaceous species has bright yellow, small, long lasting flowers on branching inflorescences.
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!
Culture Class. We have a beginners culture class before the main meeting, starting at 6:15. In May, Tom will do a demonstration on making wire products like rhizome clips.
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.

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 season... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Listen to Your Plants. Folks used to claim that my mother talked to her plants because they always grew so large and beautiful, winning blue ribbons at every flower show... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. February has been both warmer and wetter than usual. Several cold fronts lingered and produce extra moisture but not overly cold temperatures for more than a few nights... 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 hot... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Spring Migration. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year, so we hoped for an early spring. If you have ever brought out your plants too early thinking spring has sprung, only to find... read more

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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.
Perhaps by the end of this month, your new growth should be 5 inches or so tall and the leaves unfurled. That’s when it is time to water, top dress with some time release fertilizer too. Your catasetum will enter an exponential growth phase in that it has to do all its growing in 8 months or so. Read Fred's Spring Newsletter for what to expect this 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.
Art Russell sent us pictures of his seedlings, and reports "The image shows that those I took home for members are continuing to do well. We lost perhaps a third, but those remaining appear to be thriving." Harry McElroy and Tom Sullivan have joint custody of another group of plants that are also doing well. We'd love to get reports from the others who are growing these up to a size that we can then pot up individually, maybe later this year, so we all will have one or two to grow and bloom.