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Monthly SAOS Meeting

September 6 - Intergeneric Phals
Alan Koch, Gold Country Orchids

    Alan Koch, from Gold Country Orchids, will talk about the new trend in breeding for Phalaenopsis intergenerics, such as with vandaceous orchids. Phalaenopsis have been enjoyed by novice growers for the ease of growth and long lasting flowers. Intergeneric Phalaenopsis hybrids are easier to grow, maintain the long lasting flowers and often bloom more often than a normal Phalaenopsis. Another benefit from this line of breeding has been the creation on many fragrant hybrids. The bright colors, fragrant flowers and smaller hardier plants make this an interesting direction in orchids. Check out Alan's preorder list and get a 10% discount!
    Alan Koch is the owner of Gold Country Orchids where he specializes in miniature and compact Cattleyas. He has been growing orchids since 1969, helped by his degree in plant physiology to breed plants that grow fast with attractive clean growth and plants that flower young. He has moved five times as his orchid obsession has led to the need for more growing space. With the last move, he purchased 10 acres of land in Lincoln, California for his 300,000 orchids. He is recognized as an expert in the Brazilian Cattleya alliance and a trend setter in miniature Cattleya breeding.
    Plants will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, September 6, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086

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Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org
August 10 - Virtual Show Table, 7 pm Courtney will zoom into cyberspace to tell us about the orchid picturess sent in for the virtual show table. He'll be talking from Newberry, South Carolina with the legendary hybridizer and special guest star Gene Crocker! What a treat! An invitation will be sent to your email address.
Virtual Show Table. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org by August 24th. Landscape rather than portrait orientation preferred. Here's a link to Courtney's July Virtual Show Table presentation.
SAOS Activities
September 3 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, September 3, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, St Aug 32086
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our August Members Choice is an unregistered Stanhopea hybrid between warszewicziana and nigroviolacea, grown by Sue Bottom. These fragrant orchids may only remain open for a few days, but the blooms emerging from under the basket are worth the wait.
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 with a plant sale followed by a presentation by an orchid expert and a review of the show table plants. 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:

August in St. Augustine. August is the hottest month so be prepared to work diligently to ensure sufficient air circulation. Spray water on the floor, benches and outer surface of clay pots... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Classic Cattleyas. In February this year, I got a brief look at A.A. Chadwick and Arthur E. Chadwick’s’ new book, The Classic Cattleyas. Before I could get a copy of this book... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. An exceptionally wet year has spawned an exceptionally wet June. It behooves us to offer our plants every possible protection from disease this year... read more
Orchids in August. July and August are the two most similar months in South Florida. Most of the advice on watering, disease and pest control in last month's calendar... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Summer Bifoliates - Lc. Allen Condo. The summer bifoliates are things of beauty, with their cluster of flowers held high above the plant, often with delightful spotting. They bloom freely... read more

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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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