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Monthly SAOS Meeting

December 1: Xmas Party & Auction

    We’re looking forward to our Christmas party and auction where we get to kick back, have fun and spread holiday cheer with our orchid buddies... and come home with orchids. Hope to see you there!
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Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal first Tuesday meeting night. Drive around to the back, closest to the hall entrance. We'll be there setting up around 5:30.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll start our social hour at 6:30 pm. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles. Bring your beverage of choice. The club will provide the low octane water and coffee, but if you enjoy a cuppa with your meal, feel free!
Christmas orchid auction The club will provide a boxed meal for all attendees. We're ordering from La Taza, a small, family owned Peruvian restaurant with fresh and yummy food.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll have 2021 calendars and orchid plants for sale. We'll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids.We'll send out a list ahead of time to whet your appetite.
When:   Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
Virtual Show Table. For the time being, we will not have our traditional show table presentation at the meetings. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org. We'll include the pics in the newsletter and Courtney's mid-month Virtual Show Table presentation. Here's a link to Courtney's November Virtual Show Table presentation.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Thanksgiving Silent Auction. We're having an online silent auction during Thanksgiving week. You have to register with the 32Auction site to bid, and you can pay when you pick up the plant at the December meeting or at Sue and Terry's. The auction is open now and closes November 29th. Here's the auction link.
2021 Calendars. Terry prepares a SAOS calendar each year featuring the Member's Choice orchids from the Show Table. Only 3 left! Email us at info@StAugOrchidSociety.org to order or use the PayPal link below. Calendars are $15 each if paid by cash or check, or use PayPal. We'll be glad to mail the calendar to you for an extra $5 in postage.
Pick Up or Mail Calendar?
February 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. Starting in September, we relocated our repotting clinics to the pavilion behind the Memorial Lutheran Church.
When: Saturday, February 6, 9 am - noon
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
Pavilion Across from Back Parking Lot
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.
New Growers. Our beginners programs include culture classes, monthly repotting clinics, a mentoring program along with Keiki Club road trips and growing area tours. Keiki Club get togethers and road trips are finished for 2020. We'll let you know when we're ramping up in the early spring.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our November Members Choice is Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS grown by Steve Hawkins. This is a primary hybrid between two spectacular bulbophyllum species, longissimum and rothschildianum.
Become a Member. The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family... Click for more info.
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!
SAOS Items for Sale. Potting mix, plant tags, and more. Click for more info.
 

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

November in St. Augustine. Short days and cold nights necessitate adjustments for both plants and growers. Reduce water and fertilizer gradually until you reach your winter target, about half... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Winter Considerations. Winter in the temperate zone is alien to most tropical Orchids. For the most part, tropical Orchids experience nearly 12-hour days and nights with only slight differences... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This October has been exceptionally wet, more like September. This extension of the rainy season into the latter part of October may well be a reflection of... read more
Orchids in November. In November we can no longer afford to be dominated by the illusion, so easy here at the northern edge of the tropics, that summer will never end. Although Indian... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Blackened Leaf Tips on New Cattleya Leaves. Some of the newest growths of several cattleyas in the greenhouse had black leaf tips, suggestive of calcium deficiency. Calcium is an essential... 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 in the spring of 2021. We will have a potting party at one of our keiki club get-togethers in 2021. Everyone will be able to bring one home. Maybe we'll have another competition grow to see who gets the first bloom, the best bloom and the best grown award.