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October 3 - Reblooming Orchids
Courtney Hackney, Hackneau's Art & Orchids

    Crowd favorite Courtney Hackney will talk about reblooming orchids identifying the cultural factors that trigger different orchids to bloom. Depending on the type of orchid, changes in light, temperature, day length and similar environmental conditions induce flowering. He grows many different genera, but his favorite is the Cattleya Alliance. He has about 500 mature cattleyas and even more seedlings, but his favorites are classic clones, some of which appeared in orchid collections over 100 years ago. He makes 8 to 10 hybrids per year. Here is his preorder list, email hackneau@comcast.net to reserve plants for delivery at the meeting.
    Dr. Hackney is Emeritus Professor of Biology and the former Director of Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida. He wrote a Growing Tips column for 20 years that appeared in newsletters around the country. He has also published in the Orchid Digest and American Orchid Society. In 2004, he published “American Cattleyas”, the culmination of a decade of study and interviews, which summarizes in old photographs and print how all of the modern cattleyas came to be. The book also describes what we know about cattleyas and cattleya hybrids, how to grow them, and what to expect from modern hybrids.
SAOS Activities

SAOS News and Activities

Questions? Call or text Sue at 904-501-0805 or email info@StAugOrchidSociety.org.
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October 7 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,October 7, 10 am - noon
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October 11 - 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 August Virtual Show Table presentation.
October 15 - Growing Area Tour. Sherrie Jenkins grows her orchids in a recently built greenhouse attached to her house. If you'd like to see her growing area and orchids, you're welcome to come to the Keiki Club. It's a great opportunity to talk about orchids in a casual environment. We'll talk about some fall preparations to get your plants through the winter.
Where:   Sherrie and Lester Jenkins' Home
2150 Eventide Avenue, St. Johns 32259
When: Sunday, October 15, 1 - 3 pm
Show Table and Orchid Photographs

Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our September Members Choice is Blc. Fort Watson 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS grown by Steve Dorsey. The color of this red hybrid between S.J. Bracey and Oconee is very difficult to capture with a camera lens, but Steve gave it his best shot!
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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 . We'll include your images in the newsletter and on the website.
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

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

October 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:

Shipping Orchids. Christmas for orchid hobbyists comes whenever a package arrives with “live orchids” on the package. Large commercial nurseries... read more
Temperature Effects on Orchids. Optimal time to repot is rapidly coming to an end as days get shorter. Repotted orchids need time to grow new roots into the medium... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. An exceptionally wet August has concluded in a more typical fashion with bright mornings and afternoon thunder showers. Our orchids are finally... 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... read more

Culture Article by Sue Bottom:

Discolored Leaf Tips. Discoloration of orchid leaf tips can occur as a result of bacterial, fungal or cultural issues. The discoloration can be brown or black, sometimes with... read more
What's in the Pot. If you’re playing poker, you have a pretty good idea what is in the pot. When you buy an orchid, well, not so much. You might look at the mix at the top... 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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