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Monthly SAOS Meeting

July 21: Virtual Show Table

Courtney Hackney in Cyberspace.     Courtney will Zoom into Cyberspace to weave his orchid stories on July 21st at 7 pm. We'll include pics sent in by the July 5 deadline. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@staugorchidsociety.org in case we have a Virtual Show Table next month too. All members will be sent an invitation link to the Zoom presentation.
August 4 SAOS Meeting. Francisco Miranda is a world renowned Brazilian taxonomist that will be talking to us about Brazilian Catasetum species. Their distribution and habitats will be discussed, many from the Amazon, to help us understand where and why the plants live where they do. He will also discuss flower dimorphism, a very interesting feature of the genus, showing both male and female flowers.
When: Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
Enter Hall from Back Parking Lot
3375 US 1 South
Culture Class. Bob will tell you how to build an orchid tree, a structure on casters that you can hand your orchids on and roll into the sun or out of the rain. The culture class starts at 6:15 before the main meeting begins.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Coronavirus Update. We are resuming in-person SAOS activities. Everyone has been schooled on the guidelines on social distancing during the pandemic, and we want all our members to stay healthy. Take your temperature before attending events to make sure you do not have a fever (<100.4 F). We are looking forward to having our regular meetings, with all the personal interactions, beautiful plants and knowledgeable speakers.
2020 Programs It looks like our program schedule is going to be very fluid this year. Some of our speakers have rescheduled to next year so we may have substitute programs.
SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix, clay pots and plant tags... Click for more info.
Become a Member. The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family... Click for more info.
Keiki Club. Our beginners programs include culture classes, monthly repotting clinics, a mentoring program along with Keiki Club road trips and growing area tours. We're on summer vacation now. We'll be meeting again in September for a growing area tour at the Schimmel's.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our June Members Choice is Encyclia Moonlight Shadows grown by Glo MacDonald. This Encyclia is a cordigera-alata hybrid backcrossed onto cordigera producing a beautifully shaped and scented flower on a long inflorescence.
Monthly Meetings. When not in the middle of a pandemic, we meet on the first Tuesday of each month. We have a beginners culture class at 6:15 before the main meeting, which starts at 6:30. 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!
Repotting Clinics. The first Saturday in July is Independence Day, so maybe we will resume Ace repotting clinics in August? Normally, 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.

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

July in St. Augustine. The heat and humidity of summer are here. When day time temperatures rise above the 90 to 95F range, you’ll see orchid growth start to slow. Water slightly... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Summer Begins. Summer officially arrives later this month along with the longest day and the most intense sunlight. Even the most sun loving Orchids now need... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. Following an unusually wet May which set off an extra early start to the rainy season, June began with more of the same. The unrelenting onslaught put disease... read more
Orchids in July. Although it mostly passes unnoticed to millions locked in their air-conditioned bubbles, July in South Florida is quite different from June. While the pattern... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

The Usual Suspects - Common Orchid Pests. Certain plants just seem to be prone to attack by certain pests. If you grow cattleyas, you battle scale infestations. Grammatophyllums are mite magnets... read more

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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.
Catasetums go into an exponential growth phase in the summer, so make sure to provide copious amounts of food, water and fresh air. Their blooming season is during the summer, perhaps we’ll be awarding the prize for the ‘first to flower’ catasetum this month! Take pictures of your blooms and send them over so we can start compiling the candidates for the ‘best bloom’ award. We’re thinking of having Fred Clarke join us via Zoom to select the winner. Sometime in late summer, you’ll bring your plants in for voting to see who gets the ‘best grown plant’ prize. Should be fun! Read Fred's Summer 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 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.