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Monthly SAOS Meeting

January 7 - Oncidium Intergenerics

Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids
    What a great way to start off the new year with a program on oncidium intergenerics presented by Phillip Hamilton of Bredren Orchids. Oncidiums and their hybrids are floriferous and long lasting, with long sprays of colorful flowers. Phillip has been growing orchids since he was 8 years old under the tutelage of his dad, Claude Hamilton of Hamlyn Orchids. He was raised on the island of Jamaica, surrounded by orchids, and has managed commercial orchid production nurseries in Central Florida before focusing on his own nursery.
    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, January 7, 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 November Members Choice is Potinara Sharon Forsythe 'Red Orange', brought in by Courtney Hackney. Courtney says this cross between Pot. Joy Sokabe and Blc. Tadao Kozumi made by Akatsuka Orchids exemplifies what Hawaiian hybridizers are looking for, bright colors.
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 6:15. In January, we'll be talking about what to look for before buying a plant.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

SAOS Announcements. Click here for more information and pricing.
2020 Calendars. Terry prepares a calendar each year featuring the Member's Choice orchids from the Show Table.
Orchid Pots. We have terra cotta orchid pots with the deep side slots for sale in sizes from 3 to 6 inches. This is your chance to get real orchid pots!
Virus Test Strips. We ordered Rega virus test strips and have two repackaged sets containing 10 strips each available for sale.
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 see 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:

December in St. Augustine. Winter's cool days and nights have already affected most collections; if all plants are not already indoors, they soon may be. Concerning daylight intensity... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Growing Cool Growing Orchids in Florida. Winter, at least for those of us in Florida, came suddenly in November. Freezing temps were widespread in the northern third of the state... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. November has been warmer than usual and for most areas where the stalling cold fronts did not reach, it has been drier. This warmth and drought have suited our... read more
Orchids in December. December marks the beginning of the serious dry season in South Florida. While this additional dryness provides relief from the autumnal rains... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Try New Things - 2019. True orchid addicts are always searching for some new trick or snake oil that will make their orchids grow better and bloom more profusely... 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.

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The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check (mail c/o Sue Bottom, 6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086). 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.
Cut back on watering and fertilizing this month, and stop fertilizing after Thanksgiving. 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. Read Fred's Winter Newsletter for what to expect this season.