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July 5 - Winning Flower Awards
Ben Oliveros, Orchid Eros

    Ben Oliveros knows how to win AOS awards for his orchids. In the last 20 years, he has won over 200 of them. AOS judges are looking for certain things, and this month, Ben will demystify what it takes to win an AOS award for your orchid. In particular, he will talk about how to grow your orchids to their full potential. Even if you’re not looking for AOS awards, you can learn a lot from this expert grower about how to grow your orchids to be the best that they can be.
    Ben Oliveros is the owner of Orchid Eros, a mail order orchid nursery located on the slopes of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. He specializes in quality, not quantity, growing and breeding award quality Cattleya species and hybrids. Ben is an AOS judge who has judged in many regions as well as internationally at the World Orchid Conference and the Tokyo Dome orchid show.
    Plants will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, July 5, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086

SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org.
July 13 - Virtual Show Table, 7 pm Courtney will zoom into cyberspace to tell us about the orchid picturess sent in for the virtual show table. An invitation will be sent to your email address.
SAOS Activities
August 6 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, August 6, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, 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. Here's a link to Courtney's June Virtual Show Table presentation.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our June Members Choice is Laelia purpurata, now known as Cattleya purpurata, grown by Roberta Hicks. There are many color varieties of this large flowered cattleya. Entire shows in its native Brazil are dedicated to featuring this single orchid species.
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!
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:

June in St. Augustine. Spring's mild days are gone. The late spring-early summer growing conditions induce vigorous vegetative activity. Orchids repotted earlier should be... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Low Humidity. For the first time in my orchid growing career, I understand why so many books on orchid culture discuss the difficulty of growing orchids under low humidity... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. Although the heavy storms that ended the month made up much if not all of the deficit, this May was drier than usual, almost more like April. The rain coming... read more
Orchids in June. June is the most dramatically tropical month in South Florida. As the southeast Trade Winds blow cool moist air off the Gulf Stream daily, as surely the heating effect... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

June in St. Augustine. The warming days and cool nights of spring induced vigorous vegetative activity. Spring's mild days are gone and the summertime blues lie ahead... 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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