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Monthly SAOS Meeting

June 7 - Wild and Weird Orchids
Peter T. Lin, Diamond Orchids

    Peter will talk to us from sunny California about some wild, weird and wonderful orchids. Peter will take us on a journey of some of the world's most strange, bizarre, yet wonderful orchid species fom Bulbophyllums to Zootrophion. We’ll see orchids that have wild colors, have crazy lips, or are fringed, hairy, or just alien looking! We will be live streaming Peter’s presentation.
    Peter will be offering a 10% discount on preorders from his extensive listing of interesting plants. The deadline is May 27 for ordering. Peter will ship the entire order to Sue, who will bring plants to the meeting. Let Peter know you’re with SAOS and make arrangements for payment by May 27th. Email Peter at: lin.peterT@yahoo.com for any orders, or call his cell 909-573-6751. He can accept a check, credit card, Venmo, Zelle, or PayPal. Shipping is by USPS Priority Mail and is a minimum charge of $10 or about 10-15% of the order. If you are not able to attend the meeting, let Peter know and he will ship the plants directly to you.
    Plants will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, June 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. Want to join or renew your membership?
May 7 Repotting Clinic. We're repotting at 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.
When: Saturday, May 7, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, St Aug 32086
Virtual Show Table. 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 May 26th so we can include them in the newsletter and Courtney's mid-month Virtual Show Table presentation. Here's a link to Courtney's May Virtual Show Table presentation.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our May Members Choice is Cattleya intermedia var. orlata-aquinii 'Miranda' AM/AOS grown by Keith Davis. There are several color varieties of Cattleya intermedia and this one combines two forms. In the orlata form, the front lobe of lip is dark purple with the purple extending up the edges of the side lobes. In the aquinii form, the petals mirror the lip with splashes.
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:

May in St. Augustine. Summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to maximize growth and develop the plant strength and food reserves needed for good flower production... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Spring Checklist. Spring is the busiest time of the year for Orchid growers. Given the recent weather in the Carolinas it may be difficult for us to tell that spring has indeed arrived, but your orchids know. Cattleyas have begun to put out new growths... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. April has been just a little wetter and cooler than usual. That’s a good thing because extra rain in April gets our plants off to a strong start on the growing season... read more
Orchids in May. May is a month of transition in South Florida. Early in the month we can expect the driest weather of the year. Because of the clarity of the air and lack of cloud cover... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Organizing Your Growing Area. Orchids come in all different size pots, with varying potting mixes, and different types of orchids have different light and watering requirements... read more

Join or Renew Your Membership

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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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). For an extra dollar, you can pay using the PayPal links below.

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