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October 4 - Catasetums
Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

    Fred will talk about Catasetums, from the Tribe Cymbidieae. This talk will feature some excellent species and hybrids of Catasetum. Learn about the fascinating sexually dimorphic flowers flower with a complete plant culture section. These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions.
    Fred Clarke has been growing orchids for 42 years and has been hybridizing for 38 of those years. With over 34 years as a professional grower and manager in the horticultural industry. Fred talks to our club every year or two and always brings fabulous catasetums, cattleyas and Australian dendrobiums. You can get a 10% discount on preorders from his website, the deadline for ordering is September 29th.
    Plants will be available on the sales and raffle tables. Friends and guests are always welcome!
When:   Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 til 9 pm
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086

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Questions? call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org
October 1 Repotting Clinic. CANCELLED due to the storm LLet us know if you're interested in us rescheduling the 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, October 1, 10 am - 1 pm
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, St Aug 32086
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What's in Bloom? If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org. Send in the pics by September 26th so we can include them in the newsletter and Courtney's mid-month Virtual Show Table presentation. Here's a link to Courtney's September Virtual Show Table presentation.
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our September Members Choice is Lc. (now Ctt.) Varut Startrack 'Golden Tiger', grown by Steve Dorsey. It is a hybrid between Ctt. Netrasiri Doll, a Chocolate Drop hybrid, and C. Landate, a primary hybrid between aclandiae and guttata.
Monthly Meetings. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 with a plant sale followed by a presentation by an orchid expert and a review of the show table plants. 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!


Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

September in St. Augustine. We usually receive our first cold snap around Halloween, so if you are growing outdoors, this is the time for you to make your winter preparations... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Light. The arrival of the equinox later this month (21st) makes September the perfect time to discuss light. In nature, orchids grow in light levels from direct tropical sunlight to the dimmest... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. An especially wet September has suddenly come to a dry conclusion. The arrival of the first cold front of the year, unfortunately too late to have diverted Ian... read more
Orchids in October. October is a month of change in South Florida. If the Romans had lived here where we do, they would have named this month for their two faced god Janus... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Last Chance Repotting. August is a great month for driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, cruising in Alaska or floating down the Rhone River on a barge. But repotting, not so much... 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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