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Monthly SAOS Meeting

February 1 - Paphiopedilums
Thanh Nguyen, Springwater Orchids

    Thanh always has the most unusual orchids in his sales booth, although his enduring favorites are the Paphiopedilums. Thanh will talk to us about the multifloral complex paphs, those statuesque beauties with long lasting flowers.
    Thanh will supply the plants for the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, February 1, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
Virtual Show Table. The second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm Courtney will Zoom the Show Table plants. 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. Send in the pics by the Wednesday before our meeting so we can include them in the newsletter and Courtney's Virtual Show Table presentation. Here's a link to Courtney's January Virtual Show Table presentation.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org
2022 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 Activities
February 5 Repotting Clinic. We're moving the repotting clinic to 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, February 5, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US-1 N, Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our January Members Choice is Brassolaeliocattleya Yen Corona 'Green Genie' AM/AOS grown by Steve Dorsey. This cattleya is a hybrid between Lc. Brazilian Treasure and Blc. Memoria Helen Brown. The splashed petals come from the aquinii intermedia used to make the Brazilian Treasure.
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:

January in St. Augustine. Plants will continue to manufacture food during the winter, albeit at a reduced rate. Everything will occur at a slower pace until spring arrives... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Phosphorus in Fertilizers. Winter might seem like a strange time to be discussing fertilizer, as orchids require less fertilizer this time of the year. However, this is the time... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. This December was the warmest in memory and also one of the driest. Both of the factors were extremely favorable to our orchids. Our vandas... read more
Orchids in January. January is somewhat like December but in reverse, with each succeeding day bringing longer hours of sunlight until days are long enough... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

B. nodosa - Battle for Dominance. When hybridizers pick up a toothpick, they have a vision for what they are trying to create, Thoughts such as melding colors together, improving... 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.
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.
The seedlings were transferred into compots in spring 2021 so they can grow a bit more before we give everyone their own 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.