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December 5 - Christmas Auction

    We’re looking forward to our Christmas party and auction where we get to kick back, have fun and spread holiday cheer with our orchid buddies... and come home with orchids. Hope to see you there!
Christmas orchid auction Our Christmas orchid auction is on our normal first Tuesday meeting night. We'll be there setting up around 5:30.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll start our social hour at 6:30 pm. This will give us a chance to exchange holiday cheer before we hit the vittles. Bring your beverage of choice. The club will provide the low octane water, iced tea and coffee, but if you enjoy a cuppa with your meal, feel free!
Christmas orchid auction One thing you can always count on is all the good food. We'll have home-smoked pulled pork and a grilled chicken with orzo. Bring a dish to round out the meal. Salads, potato and pasta side dishes, vegetable side dishes and desserts have been big favorites in years gone by.
Christmas orchid auction We’ll have 2024 calendars and orchid seedlings, here's a listing. We’ll finish up the evening with an orchid auction where you can bid on a nice variety of different types of orchids. Here's a listing of the auction plants to pique your interest.
When:   Tuesday, December 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.
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SAOS Activities
February 3 Repotting Clinic. The prime repotting season is over for most of the orchids cultivated in our area. Phals should be exposed to temperatures into the mid 50’s this month, which will trigger the flowering process. By mid-November, they should be moved to their winter homes. Shorter day lengths and cooler temperatures are causing the growth rate of most orchids to slow, so watering and fertilizing rates should be reduced. Winter dormant varieties like Catasetums and Habenarias are either dormant or entering dormancy, no fertilizer and water sparingly, if at all. The spring blooming Dendrobiums are looking forward to a coolish dryish winter. We’ll resume our repotting clinics in February of 2024, hope to see you there!
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Monthly Meetings

Members Choice. Our November Members Choice is Blc. Smiley Aoki grown by Bev Vycital. This is a hybrid between the famous Toshie Aoki and Apricot Sunset, with a fantastic big red lip and red flares.
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 . We'll include your images in the newsletter and on the website.

Cultural Tips for Orchid Growers

Bob Scully's Month by Month Orchid Growing:

December in St. Augustine. Winter's cool days and nights have already affected most collections; if all plants are not already indoors, they soon may be. Concerning daylight... read more

Dr. Courtney Hackney Tips, Redux:

Discard Nonvibrant Plants. Charles Darwin would be proud if he had seen my approach to selecting phals this past year. Just a few years ago many of the phals from the new... read more
Fall Orchid Care. Whether you are an indoor grower or grow in a greenhouse, fall is the time to review your current culture and make appropriate adjustments. Depending on... read more

Dr. Martin Motes Notes:

Progress of the Season. The longest of rainy seasons has concluded with an incredibly wet November. With the shortest of days still ahead of us the most extreme... read more
Orchids in December. December marks the beginning of the serious dry season in South Florida. While this additional dryness provides relief from the autumnal rains ... 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
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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