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December 7 - Christmas Auction

    We’re looking forward to our Christmas party and auction where we get to kick back, have fun and spread holiday cheer with our orchid buddies... and come home with orchids. Hope to see you there!
Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal first Tuesday meeting night. Drive around to the back, closest to the hall entrance. We'll be there setting up around 5:30.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll start our social hour at 6:30 pm. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles. Bring your beverage of choice. The club will provide the low octane water, iced tea and coffee, but if you enjoy a cuppa with your meal, feel free!
Christmas orchid auction One thing you can always count on is all the good food. Lady Di is planning an Italian smorgasbord this year, with lasagna,m eggplant parm and more! Bring a dish to round out the meal. Salads, potato and pasta side dishes, vegetable side dishes and desserts have been big favorites in years gone by.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll have 2022 calendars and orchid plants for sale. We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids.
When:   Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org
SAOS TShirts for Sale. Available for $20 at our monthly meetings. Email us for availability in sizes, colors and styles. We'll ship to you.
SAOS Activities
2022 Calendars. SOLD OUT! Terry prepares a SAOS calendar each year featuring the Member's Choice orchids from the Show Table. Email us at info@StAugOrchidSociety.org to order. Calendars are $20 each. We'll be glad to mail the calendar to you.
SAOS Activities
February 5 Repotting Clinic. We're moving the repotting clinic to the Southeast Branch Library! The first Saturday of the month from 10 am til 1 pm, February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members are available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our November Members Choice is Cattleya wallisii var. rubra, grown by Allen Black. This cattleya used to be known as Cattleya eldorado, and it is one of the rarer cattleya species in cultivation.
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:

November in St. Augustine. Short days and cold nights necessitate adjustments for both plants and growers. Reduce water and fertilizer gradually until you reach your winter target... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Culling Your Orchids. Real cold arrives this month requuiring those that grow outside all summer to take some permanent action. Windows, enclosed porches, and every possible... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. Fortunately, this October has been much drier than usual. Coming at the end of an exceptionally wet rainy season, the well-spaced rainfall of this October provided relief... read more
Orchids in November. In November we can no longer afford to be dominated by the illusion, so easy here at the northern edge of the tropics, that summer will never end... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Sprays vs. Drenches. Other things being equal, it is preferable to drench a plant with a chemical to treat a problem rather than spray the plant. Drenching is easy, you simply mix 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.
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The seedlings were transferred into compots in spring 2021 so 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.