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Monthly SAOS Meeting

October 5 - Novelty Phalaenopsis
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids

    Phillip will talk about novelty phalaenopsis. These often fragrant summer bloomers can be grown for their foliage as much as their flowers. Phillip grew up among orchids in his parents greenhouses in Kingston, Jamaica where his father's early orchid hobby evolved into one of the major orchid nurseries on the island, Hamlyn Orchids. Phillip has been collecting orchids since a young boy. He has a graduate degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida and is an AOS accredited judge.
    Phillip offers a pre-order discount of 10% off for attending members who place orders through his website for pickup at the meeting. The discount only applies to plants purchased and paid for though the website, instructions below. The discount code is already active but will expire on 10/03/2021 at 11:59 p.m. (this allows us sufficient time to pull the orders).
1. Visit www.bredrenorchids.com
2. Select plants for purchase and proceed to checkout/cart
3. In “Order Options” select the “Pickup” tab and select “St. Augustine Orchid Society Meeting”
4. In “Payment & Discounts” enter payment info and the discount code: AUGUST2021
5. Finalize purchase
    Plants will be available on the raffle and sales tables. Friends and guests are always welcome! When:   Tuesday, October 5, 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
October 2 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. 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
When: Saturday, October 2, 9 am - noon
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Augustine
SAOS Activities
SAOS TShirts for Sale. Available for $20 at our monthly meetings. We can ship them to you for $28, email us for availability in sizes, colors and styles.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our September Members Choice is Epidendrum medusae grown and flowered by Steve Dorsey. This is an intermediate to cool growing epiphyte from the montane forests of Ecuador.
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:

September in St. Augustine. The welcome transition to fall is upon us. Once the temperature and humidity mediate, you’ll notice many of your plants putting on a second growth spurt. Reward ... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Coco Chips. Most repotting should be complete by now except for plants that have special requirements. Repotting is a great time to assess how well your orchids have grown by simply... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. August was considerably drier than usual. This respite from rain was exceptionally beneficial to our orchids, relieving them from the typical mounting of disease... read more
Orchids in September. September looms as the only truly dismal month in South Florida. Even without the prospect of the unspeakable 'H' word, September disheartens since... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

That tenebrosa lip. Ron McHatton writes about Laelia tenebrosa on the AOS website: Cattleya tenebrosa, one of the most spectacular of the former Brazilian laelias... 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.
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.
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.