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Monthly SAOS Meeting

March 5 - Growing Specimen Plants
Bill Nunez, Orchid Hobbyist

    Bill, aka the Rhizome Cowboy, will talk about how to grow a specimen cattleya. The steps involve picking the proper plant, choosing the right potting materials and growing it to its maximum potential. Bill has been growing orchids most of his life. He gets a lot of pleasure from making new hybrids, mostly in the Cattleya alliance. He has been fortunate to register his hybrids and receive several AOS awards.
Monthly SAOS Meeting
March 14 - Virtual Show Table. Courtney will zoom into cyberspace at 7 pm to tell us about the orchid pictures sent in for the virtual show table. An invitation will be sent to your email address. Here's a link to Courtney's February Virtual Show Table presentation. If you want to share images of your beauties in bloom for next month, send high res pics by the 26th to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org.
 
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? Call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org.
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SAOS Activities Where:   Mandarin Garden Club
2892 Loretto Road, Jax 32223
When: Saturday, March 16 10-6, Sunday 17 10-4
March 24 - Repotting Madness. The marathon orchid repotting season is beginning, and we will have orchid seedlings, keikis and divisions for you to mount and or pot up. Bring a wooden basket or clay pot, if that's your preference. To cover the cost of supplies, drop $5 in the donations jar.   If you have more than 1 or 2 of your own plants that need repotting, please bring them to the repotting clinic.
Where:   Sue and Terry Bottom's Home
6916 Cypress Lake Court, St. Aug 32086
When: Sunday, March 24, 1 - 3 pm
SAOS Activities
April 6 Repotting Clinic. Need help with your orchids? The first Saturday of the month from 10 am til noon, February through October, St. Augustine Orchid Society members are available to talk with you, answer questions and help you repot orchids at the Southeast Branch Library.
Where:   Southeast Branch Library
6670 US 1 N, St Aug 32086
When: Saturday, April 6, 10 am - noon
 
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Photo of the Month. Our February selection is Dendrochilum propinquum grown by Sue Bottom and photographed by Terry Bottom. The brainiacs have decided dendrochilums are really coelogynes, but these glorious orchids will always be dendrochilums to us.
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!
Where:   Memorial Lutheran Church
3375 US 1 South, St. Aug 32086
When:   First Tuesday of Month, 6:30 til 9 pm
Monthly SAOS Meeting
What's in Bloom? Bring your blooming orchids to the monthly meeting for others to admire. If you can't come to the meeting, send high res pictures to info@StAugOrchidSociety.org by the 26th of the month.
 

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

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... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Orchid Pots. Nothing is as basic to orchid culture as the orchid pot. There is more to the pot than just a container and selection of the best pot for your orchid plants can mean... read more
When You Water, Water. There are some topics that arise over and over again, both in my own greenhouse culture and from questions I receive from readers. The issue this time... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. An exceptionally warm January has come to a cold conclusion. Although this January has been warm, it has not been exceptionally bright... 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:

Temperature and Humidity Monitors. Orchid books discuss orchids that grow in three different temperature ranges, based on the winter nighttime temperatures... read more
Orchid Tetraploids. Have you ever wondered what 4n on your plant tag means? It means the plant is a tetraploid, with four sets of chromosomes, as compared to... 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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The dues are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family if paid by Zelle or Venmo (904-501-0805) or check (mail c/o Linda Stewart, 1812 Diana Drive, Palatka 32177). For an extra dollar use the PayPal links below.

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