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Monthly SAOS Meeting

March 16 Virtual Show Table

    Courtney will Zoom into Cyberspace to weave his orchid stories on February 16th at 7 pm. All members will be sent an invitation link to the Zoom presentation. Members send in pictures of their beauties for the newsletter and Courtney's mid-month Virtual Show Table presentation.

April 6 Monthly Meeting

Cattleya Species. Courtney is going to talk about different cattleya species, including some of the unappreciated ones, that are in the background of modern hybrids. He will give us insights into how the characteristics of different cattleyas are expressed in their offspring. Should be a great help to us when we're look at the plant tags of seedlings we'd like to bring home, letting us conjure up an image of how the blooms might look! We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
Virtual Show Table. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org, landscape rather than portrait orientation preferred. We'll include the pics in the newsletter and Courtney's mid-month Virtual Show Table presentation. Here's a link to Courtney's February Virtual Show Table presentation.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Our beginners programs include culture classes, monthly repotting clinics, a mentoring program along with Keiki Club road trips and growing area tours.
March 6 Repotting Clinic. 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.
When: Saturday, March 6, 9 am - noon
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South
Turn west at the blinking light across from the new fire and police station on US 1 and drive around to the back of the Church
SAOS Activities
2021 Dues. It's that time of year! The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check (mail c/o Linda Stewart, 1812 Diana Drive, Palatka 32177), or for an extra dollar use these PayPal links.
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SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix, plant tags, timed release fertilizer, fertilizer mesh baskets, butterfly clips and more. Click for more info.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our March Members Choice is Dendrochilum wenzelii grown by our new member from Washington State, Steve Dorsey. These plants are often called Grass Orchids (because of the leaves) or Fox Tail Orchids (because of the inflorescence). Specimen size plants are a sight to behold!
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 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!
Covid Considerations. Everyone has been schooled on the guidelines on social distancing during the pandemic. Four people can space themselves about 6 ft apart at each of the large 8 ft diameter circular tables. Bring you face mask for when you are in close proximity to another member.
Culture Class. Prior to the pandemic, we had a beginner's culture class at 6:15 before the main meeting begins. We resumed our physical meetings in July, but attendance has been limited. We hope to resume culture classes in 2021 once we have bid the virus adieu!
 

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

March in St. Augustine. Signs of spring abound with an abundance of emerging flower spikes and buds. The flush of spring growth will follow soon so plan... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Botrytis. There is likely no more important subject to orchid growers than pest and disease control. Many new hobbyists lose orchids to both before realizing there is a problem... 200703

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. Over all, this January has been colder and drier than normal but with a few patches of unusually warm weather. This pattern is the result of the cold air... read more
Orchids in March. Whilst March never comes in like a lion in South Florida, occasionally it slinks in like a bob cat. Frost is not unheard of in the first few days...read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Late Winter in North Florida. After the winter solstice, the sun rises higher in the sky and the days begin to lengthen a minute or so each day. Our plants respond ... 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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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. The summer growths are maturing now and you may start to see some of the oldest leaves drop.
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First to Flower. Janis Croft was the first to flower her catasetum. It bloomed in August on a spike of mostly female flowers with two male flowers at the tip of the flower spike. She won a Ctsm. Sheriff Frank Drew with multiple spikes.
Best Grown. Glo MacDonald won the best grown casetum award at the September 2020 meeting. She won a Ctsm. Sue Bottom she had been coveting, red with a fimbriated lip.
Best Flower. Send pictures of your catasetum in bloom to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org for entry into the best flower contest. Fred Clarke will judge the photo submittals in November 2021 during his trip to St. Augustine.
Culture Tips Here are some of Fred Clarke's culture tips for the 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.
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Art Russell and Harry McElroy report that the seedlings are growing well and should be ready for potting up soon. They were not ready in February of 2021 when we had our repotting party, so they were transferred into community pots to grow a bit more before we give everyone their one seedling to bring home. Maybe we'll have another competition grow to see who gets the first bloom, the best bloom and the best grown award.