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Monthly SAOS Meeting

November 5 Meeting - Rescuing a Sick Orchid

Courtney Hackney, Hackneau's Art and Orchids
    Crowd favorite Courtney Hackney will present his new program on Orchid Triage. What do you do when you notice that your favorite orchid is sick? Courtney will talk about some common sense approaches, cultural tricks and common household chemicals that can be used to save your ailing orchids, so they will live to bloom again.
You can preorder from Courtney's sales list, here's Courtney's email to preorder!
    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, November 5, 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 October Members Choice is Cattleya Bow Bells 'Elzada' AM/AOS, a cross between Edithiae and Suzanne Hye that was awarded in 1952. This classic cattleya was a gift to Sue Bottom from Helen Hoffman, who painted it in her magnificant work "Full Bloom".
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 November, we'll be talking about the Cold Tolerance of Different Types of Orchids.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

SAOS Announcements. If you want to get more involved in the club or participate in a committee, here are some opportunities. We will be voting for our 2020 officers in November. Here are details if you are interested in 2020 Calendars or Virus Test Strips. Email us!
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. We'll start again in 2020!
Keiki Club. We have a variety of programs for our beginners, the culture classes before the monthly meeting, monthly Ace repotting clinics, a mentoring program along with Keiki Club road trips to local orchid shows and nurseries, and growing area tours so you can how other SAOS members grow their orchids and learn some of their tricks. We'll start again in 2020!
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

October in St. Augustine. We usually receive our first cold snap around Halloween, so if you are growing outdoors, this is the time for you to make your winter preparations... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Potting Media. Most Orchid growers view the stuff in Orchid pots (correctly called media) as nothing more than something to hold Orchids in the pot. A recent article... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. We have experienced one of the most wonderful Septembers ever! The bright sunny days have been the antithesis of the typical overcast gloom which... read more
Orchids in October. October is a month of change in South Florida. If the Romans had lived here where we do, they would have named this month for their two faced god Janus.... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Root Stimulators. Who has not used Rootone powder on cuttings to get their root system started? There are many root stimulators on the market, used to encourage... 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.
Many of the Catasetinae are blooming now, though our little seedlings may or may not have enough energy to bloom this year. The growths should be maturing and their need for moisture and mineral nutrition is reduced. Continue watering and fertilizing through the month, albeit at a reduced rate. Watch for signs of dormancy, which will begin as the yellowing of the lower leaves. Some seedlings may continue to grow through the winter while others may enter dormancy. You will have to take your clues from your plant to see how to adjust your watering schedule going forward. As always, be vigilant for signs of spider mites on leaf undersides, and treat promptly if found. One of the nice things about these plants is even if your leaves are marred from mite damage, next year you’ll have a whole new set of leaves! Read Fred's Late Summer and Fall Newsletter for some tips on watering and fertilizing in summer.

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The SAOS is a Section 501(c)(3) not for profit organization so all donations are tax deductible..
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