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Monthly SAOS Meeting

June 2: Courtney in Cyperspace

Courtney Hackney in Cyberspace.     If we can't get together for our regular meeting, at least we can share pictures of our orchids in bloom! Courtney will weave his orchid stories in a Zoom presentation on June 2nd at 7 pm. Send high res pictures of your blooming orchids to info@staugorchidsociety.org by May 27th. All members will be sent an invitation link.
Next SAOS Meeting. We are planning to have our July meeting at the Church Hall. Andy Easton is scheduled to fly in from Colombia to visit his family and talk to our club, assuming they do not extend the ban on international travel. We've had Tony Millet scheduled in April, then May, and then June. If Andy can't make the trip, Tony Millet will talk to us about Potting and Mounting Orchids, showing us his special methods of mounting and repotting orchids, with emphasis on techniques and the use of different materials. We'll post his preorder list well before the meeting.
2020 Programs It looks like our program schedule is going to be very fluid this year. Some of our speakers have been rescheduled to next year. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again have our meetings, with all the personal interactions, beautiful plants and knowledgeable speakers.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Coronavirus Update. The June meeting and Ace repotting clinic have been postponed, but we're hoping to have the keiki club get together at the end of June and have our regular July meeting at the Church hall.
Sunset Valley Orchids Sale. Fred Clarke is having a 20% off sale June 8 through June 11. Get your orchid fix, order from the website!
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.
June 28 Growing Area Tour. God willing and the creek don't rise, Sue will talk about how to decide which mix is best for your orchids, considering your growing area and watering habits. There may be some orchid keikis and divisions for you to mount and or pot up (one to a customer), bring a 4 and 6 inch clay pot, just in case. To cover the cost of supplies, there will be a $5 charge.
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086
When: Sunday: June 28, 1 - 3 pm
Culture Class. We have a beginners culture class before the main meeting, starting at 6:15. Whenever we are able to have our meeting, Tom will do a demonstration on making wire products like rhizome clips.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our May Members Choice is Lycaste Nobuo grown by Leslie Brickell in a wooden basket. This nicely-flowered aromatica hybrid is one of the warm growing deciduous Lycastes that smells like cinnamon, some say like Red Hots!
Monthly Meetings. When not in the middle of a pandemic, 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!
Ace Repotting Clinics. Who knows when we will be able to have our next repotting clinic! It looks June is a no-go at Ace, so perhaps we'll do a short Zoom program on the third Tuesday, June 16th. Normally, 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:

May in St. Augustine. Summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to maximize growth and develop the plant strength and food reserves needed for good flower production... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Repotting Orchids. May is the perfect time to disturb your orchids by repotting them. Cool nights and warm, long, sunny days promote root growth. A good fertilizer with the middle... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This April has been cooler and much drier than usual with very wide swings of day to night temperatures. These conditions closely compare to the climates... read more
Orchids in May. May is a month of transition in South Florida. Early in the month we can expect the driest weather of the year. Because of the clarity of the air and lack of cloud... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

It Ain't the Heat, It's the Humidity. Why is it that we have to relearn the same lessons year after year? Every spring brings warmer weather, longer days and more intense sunlight, all of which trigger... 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 will 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.