2020 SAOS Newsletters


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Dave Off

September - Backyard Orchid Growing
Walter Muller, St. Augustine Orchid Society

Walt grows his orchids in a shade house make out of galvanized pipe from Haymarket for about $200. It has a fitted plastic covering with a roll up door and one window to use during cold weather. After installing the new structure, he added a layer of 60% shade cloth over the outside of the structure. He uses halogen lights for heating in the winter and on the coldest nights plugs in a space heater. He also demonstrated his very interesting potting technique using a shallow bed of sphagnum and charcoal in open net baskets. Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our September Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
Francisco Miranda

August - Brazilian Catasetums
Francisco Miranda, Miranda Orchids

World renowned taxonomist Francisco Miranda gave us a guided tour on Brazilian Catasetum species. Their distribution and habitats were discussed, many from the Amazon, to help us understand where and how the plants live where they do. He also discussed flower dimorphism, a very interesting feature of the genus, showing both male and female flowers. Courtney weaved his orchid tales for our August Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
Andy Easton

July - Potting and Mounting Orchids
Tony Millet, Boutique Hybridizer

Good-Time Tony entertained us with his lively program on potting and mounting orchids. He talked about his Pound Cake mix, a basic potting mix containing about equal parts of aliflor, sponge rock and tree fern. Then you can add caramel or chocolate chips to the basic mix, like a little chopped sphagnum for more moisture retention or charcoal to keep the mix fresh. He told us about all the nifty things you can buy at this store where things only cost a dollar. Such fun! Courtney told us some bedtime stories for our July Virtual Show Table, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Here's a link to his presentation.
Daryl Venables

June - Corona Hat Trick
Courtney Zooms the Show Table

We zoomed into Cyberspace with Courtney at the wheel. Here's a link to the Virtual Show Table Presentation. Members sent in pictures of their blooming orchids and Courtney told us stories about them, their heritage, how they grow and more. So many members sent in photos, hope they'll bring their blooming orchids to the next meeting in the Church Hall!
Wuhan Coronavirus

May - Wuhan Corona Redux
Courtney Zooms into Cyberspace

Covid-19 has caused the cancellation of our May events, so we decided to have virtual share and scare tables. Courtney told us some bedtime stories at the virtual Show Table presentation, using pictures of blooming orchids sent in by members. Mid-month we had a virtual Scare Table presentation using pictures of problem plants sent in by members.
Wuhan Coronavirus

April - Wuhan Corona
Courtney in Cyberspace

Covid-19 has caused all April events to be cancelled, worldwide. We decided to have a virtual Show Table presentation via Zoom in lieu of our regular meeting. Lots of us sent in pictures of blooming orchids so Courtney Hackney can show the pictures while he weaves his orchid tales in Cyberspace. Here's a link to Courtney's Virtual Show Table presentation we had in lieu of our April meeting.
Bill Thoms

March - Growing and Showing Specimen Plants
Bill Thoms, Bulbophyllums.com

Bill gave an entertaining and informative talk on growing your orchids into specimen plants. His talk is chock full of a variety of useful tips to help you grow your orchids more betterer. He encouraged all to get the most pleasure out of their plants by making sure the leaves are clean, flowers staked and the plant placed in an attractive container.
Arthur Katz

February - Rare and Unusual Orchids
Arthur Katz, Hobbyist and AOS Judge

Arthur talked about rare orchids, which are often rare because they are so difficult to cultivate and die outside their natural habitat. He also talked about unusual orchids, which you can learn to grow if you mimic the sometimes narrow range of conditions in which they thrive.
Phillip Hamilton

January - Oncidium Intergenerics
Phillip Hamilton, Bredren Orchids

Phillip talked about various groups within the Oncidium family, which grow well under our conditions and which ones we should not try to grow unless provided with a special environment.