Our next meeting on May 2nd will be a cultivation & propagation workshop. Some of the features of the meeting and the topics we will discuss:
Plant Swap Table for cuttings and seedlings. If you have spare cuttings and seedlings please bring them along to the meeting so that you can swap them with other members.
Greenhouses - discussion of linings, heating, shading etc.
Raising plants from seed - if you have sown any seeds this year please try to bring some trays of your seedlings along.
Free plants handed out by the branch. You may have grown some of the plants given out by the branch in previous years. Please bring yours in, so that we can compare our differing results, and discuss our successes and failures. The plants handed out in previous years include: Echeveria lilacina, Mammillaria albilanata, Mammillaria microhelia (2013), Mammillaria glassii v ascensionis (2014), Frithia pulchra (2015) Euphorbia obesa (2016). And we will also be distributing another free plant for all those people attending the May meeting – that’s another good reason to be there!
Discussion of electronic and digital devices that are available to greenhouse owners and plant growers - if you use any such gadgets why not bring them along so that we can learn about the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Problem plants - if you have any problem plants please bring them along for a diagnosis! Whether plants are doing something peculiar, or are simply not doing as well as you might have hoped, we can hopefully help you to grow them better in the future by discussing what might be wrong with them.
Additives and supplements - we will discuss some of the additives and supplements that are offered to growers to improve their plants. Bring along any of the things you have tried and we will try to determine the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Pests are a problem for all of us at one time or another - we will talk about what pesticides and insecticides are currently available on the market, and lead a discussion on the best options. If you have discovered something that seems to work for you, please bring along a bottle or canister to show our members,
Don't forget to bring some plants along to support the Table Show classes. Cactus classes at this meeting are 3 Cacti, and succulent classes are for 3 Succulents. We shall also have the regular monthly class for Flowering Plant (cactus or succulent). Full details of pot size limits etc can be found elsewhere on this website or on the printed programme.
Each monthly meeting starts at 7:30pm
and finishes at 10:00pm, with a break for refreshments. The meetings generally
consist of a speaker and slide show, or a practical demonstration or talk.
A good selection of plants are available for purchase, and there is also an extensive
library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis.
There is also a table show, where members bring along plants from a nominated category
|3rd Jan||Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members||Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower|
|7th Feb||Peru - Arequipa to Ancash (Martin Sheader)||Eriosyce Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower|
|7th Mar||Plants from my Collection (Julie Carey)||Opuntia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower|
|4th Apr||The Huntington Desert Garden & LA County Arboretum (Ben Turner)||Rebutia Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower|
|2nd May||Cultivation & Propagation Workshop With demonstrations and discussions||Cacti (3 plants), Succulents (3 plants), Plant in Flower|
|13th May||Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)||9:30am - 4:30pm|
|6th Jun||South Africa #1 - Western Cape (Chris Eyers)||Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower|
|24th Jun||Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD|
|4th Jul||Gymnocalycium in Person (Graham Evans)||Gymnocalycium Group, Stapelia Group, Plant in Flower|
|23rd Jul||Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset|
|25-27 Jul||Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst||9am - 6pm|
|1st Aug||Cultivation Masterclass - Composts, Repotting & Watering||PMammillaria Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower|
|12th Aug||Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB|
|19th Aug||Branch visit to Southern Area Show & Mart, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5DN|
|5th Sep||The Beauty of our Plants (David Traish)||Echinopsis Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower|
|9th Sep||Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands||9:45am - 5:30pm|
|3rd Oct||Cacti of the Big Bend, Texas (Hazel Taylor)||Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|7th Nov||Epiphytic Cacti - A General Introduction (Dr Mark Preston)||Copiapoa Group, Echeveria Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|5th Dec||Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social|
|Regular Meetings (@ St James)|
|Shows, Displays and other Events|
|Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will be posted on this website. If travelling from a distance, please check here (or with the secretary) a day or two before the event.|
|Monthly Table Show||The Table Show is held at most branch meetings, see table above for details of the eligible cactus and succulent classes for each month. The classes are divided into Open Section (unlimited pot size),
Intermediate Section (4.5in pot size limit) and Novice Section (3.5in pot size limit). For every table show, there is also a class for Any cactus or succulent plant in flower (unlimited pot size).
Members can enter multiple entries in a class, if they wish. The novice classes are open to all branch members who have not previously won the Novice Section.
The classes will be judged according to the 10th edition of the BCSS Handbook of Shows. The decision of the judge will be final.
Trophies will be awarded at the end of the year to the persons gaining the most points over the year in the different classes. In addition, the Ladies Cup will be awarded to the lady member gaining the most points across all classes during the year.
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.