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Monthly SAOS Meeting

July 6 - Miniature Orchids

Thanh is returning to St. Augustine to talk to us about miniature orchids. Mini orchids are growing in popularity as their diminutive size makes them ideal for the space-conscience home grower. Thanh will talk about some that are suitable for our climate, along with how to care for them.
When:   Tuesday, July 6, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
Virtual Show Table. The second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm Courtney will Zoom the Show Table plants. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org, landscape rather than portrait orientation preferred. Send in the pics by the Saturday before our meeting so we can include them in the newsletter and Courtney's Virtual Show Table presentation. Here's a link to Courtney's June Virtual Show Table presentation.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

July 3 Repotting Clinic. 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.
When: Saturday, July 3, 9 am - noon
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South
Turn west at the blinking light across from the new fire and police station on US 1 and drive around to the back of the Church
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our June Members Choice is Cattleya mossiae 'Pretty in Pink' grown and flowered by Allen Black. Cattleya mossiae is a classic spring blooming cattleya that imparts floriferousness to its progeny. "
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 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!
SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix, fertilizer, fertilizer baskets, vinyl plant tags, butterfly clips and more. Click for more info.
 

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

June in St. Augustine. Spring's mild days are gone. The late spring-early summer growing conditions induce vigorous vegetative activity. Orchids repotted earlier should be... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Scale. A friend once told me that “crow” did not taste too bad if was just prepared properly. She was, of course, referring to the literal version of “crow”. As a consequence... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This May has been the most perfect for our orchids and ourselves in a lifetime. Night time temperature in the sixties and day times in the eighties till the... read more
Orchids in June. June is the most dramatically tropical month in South Florida. As the southeast Trade Winds blow cool moist air off the Gulf Stream daily, as surely the heating...read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Repotting Overgrown Cattleyas. Some cattleyas have a linear growth habit, growing in a straight line from one edge of the pot to the other. These are easy to repot... read more

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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. If you would like to join, you can complete this interactive form.

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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. The summer growths are maturing now and you may start to see some of the oldest leaves drop.
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First to Flower. Janis Croft was the first to flower her catasetum. It bloomed in August on a spike of mostly female flowers with two male flowers at the tip of the flower spike. She won a Ctsm. Sheriff Frank Drew with multiple spikes.
Best Grown. Glo MacDonald won the best grown casetum award at the September 2020 meeting. She won a Ctsm. Sue Bottom she had been coveting, red with a fimbriated lip.
Best Flower. Send pictures of your catasetum in bloom to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org for entry into the best flower contest. Fred Clarke will judge the photo submittals in November 2021 during his trip to St. Augustine.
Culture Tips Here are some of Fred Clarke's culture tips for the 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.
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The seedlings were transferred into compots in spring 2021 sos they can grow a bit more before we give everyone their own seedling to bring home. Maybe we'll have another competition grow to see who gets the first bloom, the best bloom and the best grown award.