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April 2 Meeting - Judging Orchids
Courtney Hackney

Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society
Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society Monthly Meeting of the St. Augustine Orchid Society

   We all enjoy Courtney's review of all the plants on the show table. He somehow manages to weave a story about commonalities in hydridizing, habitat, etc. and gives plenty of orchid cultural information. Courtney has a preorder list of his seedlings and divisions, cash or check only, and please order by April 1.
    Courtney's will then talk about what American Orchid Society judges look for when giving cultural and flower quality awards, the differences between ribbon and award judging, etc. Courtney will select some potentially awardable plants from the show table, to talk about their desirable qualities and how the flower presentation might have been improved. Should be fun and informative for all.
    AOS Judge Eric Cavin has invited us to visit the AOS judging center in Clermont on April 13th to learn more about the judging process. Eric will provide an introduction of the judging process to club members that make the trip and let them observe the judging process There will be a signup sheet at the Welcome Table for interested members, perhaps to carpool.
    Bring your flowering orchids to exhibit on the Show Table. We will have our normal raffle at the end of the meeting.

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Where:   Watson Realty, Conference Room by Back Parking Lot
3505 US 1 South, St. Augustine

We normally meet on the first Tuesday of each month. January and July meetings are often rescheduled to accommodate the holidays. The meeting begins 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!    
Video of Orchid Society Meeting Here's a video of one of our meetings!


Jacksonville Orchid Society Show, March 16 & 17
Orchid Society Show Exhibit
Janis Croft organized the SAOS exhibit at the JOS show and was responsible for the artistic color flow. Bob and Yvonne Schimmel, Susan Smith and Lucinda Winn all helped prep and arrange the plants, install plant tags and wrap pots with cloth. Looks like we took first place in our class. Everyone got ribbons, 6 blues and 4 reds, congrats to Janis Croft, Susan Smith, Tom and Dottie Sullivan, Bob and Yvonne Schimmel and Courtney Hackney for their beautiful plants. Great job! Click the picture for a larger image.

Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware, 9 am to noon on first Saturday
Orchid Repotting and Plant Clinic at Ace Hardware

The first Saturday of the month from February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members will be available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids.    
Video of Ace Repotting Clinic Here's a video of a repotting clinic!

Date and Time:   Saturday, April 6, 9 am to noon
Where:   Ace Hardware on US 1 South
3050 US Highway 1 South, St. Augustine 32086


Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club


April 28 Keiki Club - Picnic and Orchids

  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 share or sell, 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 28, 4 - 6 pm


SAOS Mentoring Program
Beginners - SAOS Keiki Club

The mentoring program works in tandem with our Keiki Club, pairing our novice and/or new SAOS orchid growers with an experienced grower. This program allows our mentees to get one-on-one assistance and answers to their orchid growing questions. If you are interested in learning more, email Mentoring Coordinator Susan Smith.


Some Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers
Den. aggregatum
Den. aggregatum
Grower: Janis Croft
Mar Members Choice

Lysudamuloa Red Jewel
Lysudamuloa Red Jewel
Grower: Linda Stewart
Feb Members Choice

Dendrochilum longifolium
Dendrochilum longifolium
Grower: Linda Stewart
Jan Members Choice

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 your repotting program which should... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:
Plant Labels. A is for apple, B is for boy. Does that sound familiar? Most of us have long forgotten that we started with the basics when we learned to read. Many new Orchid... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:
Progress of the Season. February has been a dream for our orchids. With day temperature in the upper 70's and lower eighties and night temperatures in the sixties... 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 of the month... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:
Soluble Salts. Good quality water is the “holy grail” for orchid growers. The better your water, the better... read more
Plus articles on Rainwater Collection and Reverse Osmosis

St. Augustine Orchid Society Happenings:
Gail Marshall puts together the SAOS Happenings so you can find all the orchid events around town. read SAOS Happenings


Catasetum Competition Grow
Catasetum Competition Grow

Fred Clarke sent us 20 plugs of this new hybrid, Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' x Ctsm. lucis and they were distributed to raffle ticket winners at the January meeting. 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.

In March: You should see the beginning of a new growth at the base of the larger pseudobulb this month, and soon afterward you will see tiny roots forming at the base of the new growth. The roots are seeking out moisture, and dry conditions now will encourage the formation of a well developed root system. Once the roots have reached the bottom of the pot and the new growth has unfurled and is 3 or 4 inches tall, it will be time to start watering. Until then, patience!


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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 and so we can get to know each other.

Join the Club or Pay Your Dues The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by check. If you prefer to join or renew your membership online, you can pay using PayPal. The online dues for an individual are $21 and for a family $31, which includes the PayPal fees.

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