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Monthly SAOS Meeting

March 3: Growing Specimen Plants

Bill Thoms, Bulbophyllums.com
    Bill will talk about Growing and Showing Specimen Plants. Bill Thoms and his wife, Doris Dukes, have been growing orchids around Central Florida for 40 years and have received almost every award granted by the AOS as well as more Awards for Culture than anyone else in the world. His talks are spiced with funny stories and funny associations. Whether you grow thousands of orchids or only a few, you will have a wonderfully entertaining time and be able to grow anything better.
    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, March 3, 6:30 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
Enter Hall from Back Parking Lot
3375 US 1 South
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our February Members Choice is Dendrobium Red Senator 'Maxim', brought in by Susan Smith. This is one of the nobile-type hybrids that requires a coolish dryish winter rest before it bursts into its spring blooms.
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 March, we'll have a demonstration on staking your orchids.
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. Potting mix, slotted clay pots, fertilizer, plant tags... 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.
Individual Membership
Family Membership
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:

February in St. Augustine. Spring is around the corner. Order your potting supplies early to make sure they are not sold out when it's time to repot. Observe plants carefully for pests... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

My Favorite Cattleyas. Last month’s column was a list of my favorite orchids, but since cattleyas are my favorite group, I’m devoting a whole column to them. With over 500... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This January has been warmer than average much to the delight of our orchids which have enjoyed day time temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and falling 15 degrees... read more
Orchids in February. Despite the bloom on the avocados and the burgeoning new leaves on the live oaks, February is not spring in South Florida. Danger of freeze continues past mid month... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Virus Testing - Do You Really Want to Know. There are different philosophies on testing orchids for virus. Approaches range from the person who simply does not want to know to the person who wants... 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.
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.

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.
Art Russell sent us pictures of his seedlings, and reports "The image here was taken today and shows that those I took home for members are continuing to do well. We lost perhaps a third, but those remaining appear to be thriving." Harry McElroy and Tom Sullivan have joint custody of another group of plants that are also doing well. We'd love to get reports from the others who are growing these up to a size that we can then pot up individually, maybe later this year, so we all will have one or two to grow and bloom.