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Monthly SAOS Meeting

December 3 Xmas 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. We'll be there setting up around 5:30. Hope to see you there!
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 roast pork and lasagne as the main courses this year. 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 finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids.
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 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 November Members Choice is Potinara Sharon Forsythe 'Red Orange', brought in by Courtney Hackney. Courtney says this cross between Pot. Joy Sokabe and Blc. Tadao Kozumi made by Akatsuka Orchids exemplifies what Hawaiian hybridizers are looking for, bright colors.
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!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!
Culture Class. We have a beginners culture class before the main meeting, starting at 6:15. In January, we'll be talking about what to look for before buying a plant.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

SAOS Calendars. Terry prepares a calendar each year featuring the Member's Choice orchids from the Show Table. Click here for ordering information.
Orchid Pots for Sale. We have terra cotta orchid pots with the deep side slots for sale in sizes from 3 to 6 inches. Click here for pricing. This is your chance to get real orchid pots!
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. We'll start again in 2020!
Keiki Club. We have a variety of programs for our beginners, the culture classes before the monthly meeting, monthly Ace repotting clinics, a mentoring program along with Keiki Club road trips to local orchid shows and nurseries, and growing area tours so you can how other SAOS members grow their orchids and learn some of their tricks. We'll start again in 2020!
Video of Keiki Club Meeting Here's a video of one of our get togethers.

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:

Fall Orchid Culture. Fall is a time when some kinds of orchids need very different care from what they required in the summer. In some cases, these differences are very great, while in others... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This October has been both warmer and drier than usual. Cold fronts have consistently stalled to our north, failing to lower temperatures and drop... 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:

Silicon Supplements. Silicon supplements, what? Huh? You do not see silicon listed on fertilizer labels. It is not generally considered an essential plant nutrient ... 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.

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The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check (mail c/o Bill Gourley, 807 Kalli Creek Lane, St. Aug 32080). If you prefer to join or renew your membership on-line, you can pay using PayPal. The on-line dues for an individual are $21 and for a family $31, which include the PayPal fees.

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Catasetum Competition Grow

Fred Clarke sent us 20 plugs of this new hybrid, Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' x Ctsm. lucis and they were distributed to raffle ticket winners at the January meeting. 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.
Many of the Catasetinae are blooming now, though our little seedlings may or may not have enough energy to bloom this year. The growths should be maturing and their need for moisture and mineral nutrition is reduced. Continue watering and fertilizing through the month, albeit at a reduced rate. Watch for signs of dormancy, which will begin as the yellowing of the lower leaves. Some seedlings may continue to grow through the winter while others may enter dormancy. You will have to take your clues from your plant to see how to adjust your watering schedule going forward. As always, be vigilant for signs of spider mites on leaf undersides, and treat promptly if found. One of the nice things about these plants is even if your leaves are marred from mite damage, next year you’ll have a whole new set of leaves! Read Fred's Late Summer and Fall Newsletter for some tips on watering and fertilizing in summer.