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Monthly SAOS Meeting

February 4: Rare & Unusual Orchids

Arthur Katz, Hobbyist and AOS Judge
    Arthur Katz will talk about rare and unusual orchids. Arthur has been growing orchids for over 35 years and he appreciates the orchids that are unique and unusual. He is an accredited orchid judge, was Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Judging Center and also most recently Chair of the Florida North-Central Center. Since 1994, he has taken groups of orchid enthusiast to Ecuador, exploring for orchids in Southeast Ecuador. Apart from Orchids and socializing with orchid folk, he enjoys traveling and photography. Arthur was a clinical psychologist in private practice in his pre-Florida life.
    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, February 4, 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 January Members Choice is Laeliocattleya Orange Trick x Epidendrum ciliare, brought in by Sue Bottom. The flower shape is dominated by the ciliare species, but the color comes from the Lc. Orange Trick, exhibiting the best of both in the hybrid.
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!
Culture Class. We have a beginners culture class before the main meeting, starting at 6:15. In February, we'll be talking about bud blast and flower blighting.
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.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

SAOS Items for Sale. Click for more info.
Renew Your Membership. The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check (mail c/o Linda Stewart, 1812 Diana Drive, Palatka 32177), or for an extra dollar use these PayPal links.
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JOS Exhibit Committee. Janis Croft is assembling her team to put in the exhibit at the Jacksonville Orchid Society in March, click for more details.
Keiki Club - Growing Area Tour:
February 16: Winterizing Your Growing Area
Susan and Doug grow their orchids on a screened porch and under a pergola in summer, setting up portable greenhouses in winter. See how others meet the challenge of winter cold weather.
Where:   Susan and Doug Smith's Home
148 Sarah Elizabeth Drive, St. Johns 32259
When: Sunday, February 16, 1 - 3 pm
 

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

January 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 intensit... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

My Favorite Orchids Hardly a month goes by without an email from someone asking what the best orchid is. Often the individual asking the question has limited space and wants... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This December has been much warmer and very much wetter than usual. As cold fronts stalled over South Florida or the Fla. Straights and then moved back north... read more
Orchids in January. January is somewhat like December but in reverse, with each succeeding day bringing longer hours of sunlight until days are long enough that afternoons... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Orchids Month by Month 2019. Terry is always taking pictures of something, including the greenhouse. Sometimes it’s frogs and sometimes it’s some pest, but the best pictures are... 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.

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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.
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Let sleeping dogs lie. When you see the new green growth emerging at the base of the bulb, you can repot if necessary. Don’t water until the new growth is about 5 inches tall. Read Fred's Winter Newsletter for what to expect this season.