Our next meeting, to be held on Tuesday 7th May, is our ‘Cultivation & Propagation Workshop’.
As is tradition, we will be handing out a free plant to all attendees. We would also like you to bring in the plants handed out in previous years so that we can compare how everybody's plants have grown. The species distributed in previous years are: Echeveria lilacina, Mammillaria albilanata, Mammillaria microhelia, Mammillaria glassii v ascensionis, Frithia pulchra, Euphorbia obesa, Echeveria cuspidata v. zaragozae and Gymnocalycium stenopleurum.
We will also have a ‘Swap Table’, for people to swap and/or distribute seedlings, cuttings, offsets and leaves of any surplus plants that they have in their greenhouses. There is no charge for any of the items, so if you have any suitable plant material for the Swap Table, please bring it along and we will endeavour to find some new homes for your items.
We will have an introductory chat about our experiences over the winter, covering heating, greenhouse linings, minimum temperatures etc. Which types of succulent plants do you water in the winter, and how much? As usual we will talk about composts and potting mixes. Richard will discuss the basic requirements for healthy plant growth.
The range of pesticides available seems to reduce every year, so have you discovered any new products, and have you used SB Plant Invigorator to determine if it controls mealy bug?
Bruce raises plants from seed and he will be bringing along some trays of seedlings, to explain what to do once the seedlings begin to germinate. If you have had success (or failure!) with seed-raising, why not bring along some of your pots or trays to show us?
Vinay will talk a little about LED lighting options, for growing seedlings, or perhaps for growing mature plants in poor light conditions.
Ivor will be bringing along a selection of plants that he has successfully grown outdoors, to expand on the discussion we had last year about hardy plants. If you have any potted plants that have survived outdoors during the winter, please bring them along.
If you have experienced problems with any plants, or have any plants without names, please bring them along and we will try to help you identify any problems, or name the plants for you.
There will be no table show at the May meeting.
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
|8th Jan||Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members||Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower|
|5th Feb||A Personal Choice. A brief history of cactus & succulent growing (Tom Radford)||Eriosyce Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower|
|5th Mar||Bulbs & Succulents in the Roggeveld & Knersvlakte (Richard White)||Opuntia Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower|
|2nd Apr||Interesting Haworthias (Stirling Baker)||Rebutia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower|
|7th May||Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions|| |
|4th Jun||Columnar Cacti (Tony Mace)||Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower|
|29th Jun||Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD|
|2nd Jul||Crassulas Everywhere (Derek Tribble)||Gymnocalycium Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower|
|20th Jul||Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB|
|28th Jul||Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset|
|30Jul-1Aug||Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst||9am - 6pm|
|6th Aug||Plant Focus Evening – Aloe & Gymnocalycium|| |
|3rd Sep||Gardening with Succulents (Paul Spracklin)||Mammillaria Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower|
|14th Sep||Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands||9:00am - 6:00pm|
|1st Oct||Ex-situ Conservation of Cactaceae in the UK (Vicky Davies)||Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|5th Nov||Agaves for the Collector (Kathy & Keith Flanagan)||Cactus - 3 plants, Succulents - 3 plants, Plant in Flower|
|3rd 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.