Events -Keiki Club for Orchid Beginners
Orchid Events - Keiki Club for Beginners
The Keiki Club is for our beginning orchid growers. We begin with a short presentation on a timely orchid culture topic and then it’s a free for all to discuss any and thoughts or questions you have about growing orchids. Join us, visitors and guests are always welcome!
2018 Get Togethers

January 28 Keiki Club - Meet Your Mentor

If you signed up to join the mentoring program, we will have a meet and greet at Sue and Terry’s to pair up mentors with mentees. We will talk about what each individual wants to get out of the program and tailor the 2018 Keiki Club schedule to achieve these goals.

Moderator:   Susan Smith
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086
When: January 28, 1 - 3 pm
February 25 Keiki Club - Exhibiting Your Orchids

The Keiki Club will focus on the orchid show season, and the upcoming Jacksonville show on March 17 and 18. Janis will talk about our plans for the SAOS exhibit, highlighting all the jobs that need doing. Linda will talk about how you prepare plants to exhibit on the show table, cleaning leaves, staking flower spikes, etc. Sue will talk about what to look for when you are buying plants and what you should do when you bring them home.

Moderator:   Janis Croft, Linda Stewart and Sue Bottom
Where:   Janis Croft and Alan Winer's Home
8311 County Road 208, St. Augustine 32092
When: February 25, 1 - 3 pm
March 25 Keiki Club - Repotting Mania

March madness is upon us and when you see those new roots forming, you know it is time to repot orchids that are outgrowing their pots or that need fresh mix.  Sue will talk about how to decide which mix is best for your orchids, considering your growing area and watering habits.  There may be some orchid keikis and divisions for you to mount and or pot up (one to a customer), bring a clay pot, just in case.  To cover the cost of supplies, there will be a $5 charge.

If you have more than 1 or 2 of your own plants that need repotting, please bring them to the Ace repotting clinic.  The repotting crew is available to give you hands-on tips on repotting at the monthly Ace clinics.  Mentees should consider attending to become more comfortable with repotting their orchids.

Moderator:   Sue Bottom
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086
When: March 25, 1 - 3 pm
April 22 Keiki Club - Picnic and Orchid Swap  

We’ll be enjoying barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs at our orchid picnic. Bring a side dish to round out the meal and your liquid libation of choice, and join in the fun.

If you have extra divisions or a plant or two you want to swap with someone, bring them and see what you might be able to get in trade. If you don't have plants to barter with, cash works. We may have a few plants to auction too!

Please let Events Veep Dianne know if you plan on attending (436-5618) to ensure there is a hamburger and/or hot dog for you.

Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
When: April 22, 4 - 6 pm
May through September Keiki Club

On vacation, unless we decide to do workshops for our mentees at the SE Branch Library
October 21 Keiki Club - Getting Ready for Winter

It may not feel like it, but winter is coming. We'll talk about fall preparations and the minimum night time temperatures your plants can tolerate in winter. We'll also talk about those orchids that require special winter care, like the deciduous dendrobiums and the catasetinae.

Moderator:   Bob Schimmel
Where:   Bob and Yvonne Schimmel's Home
702 Wilkes Court, St. Aug 32086
When: October 21, 1 - 3 pm
November and December Keiki Club

On Winter Hiatus