Our next meeting on August 1st will be a Cultivation Workshop. This time, we will focus on specific aspects of growing our plants – namely composts and drainage materials, different ways to re-pot or pot-on our plants, and how best to water the plants, and how much water and feed to give them.
Composts – What compost do you use? To aid drainage most people add grit to the mix, but there are so many types available that it can be difficult to choose. And other people add Perlite, or Pumice, or clay-based aggregates such as Akadama or a specific type of Tesco Cat Litter. Which is best, and how much should you add?
Re-potting – How often should you re-pot? Should you just place the entire rootball in the new pot, or should the old compost be removed from the roots? If the plants are in a peat-based compost, is it necessary to clean the roots before potting into a John Innes mix? How soon can you water after re-potting?
Watering – How much water should you give the plants, and how often? Should you water from above, or in a saucer below? What time of year do you start watering, and when do you stop? And how often should you feed your plants, at what strength, and what type of fertiliser should you use?
There are so many variables and options when growing our plants that it will be interesting for all of us to compare our differing approaches and preferences, and perhaps to learn new techniques that might improve our cultivation skills.
If you have found a great new type of compost, or grit, or fertiliser, please bring them along to the meeting so that others can seek them out. You can bring anything along that you think will add to the interest of the evening. Are you unsure if a plant needs repotting? If so, bring it along….we might even repot it for you during the evening!
Don't forget to bring some plants along to support the Table Show classes. The cactus classes at this meeting are Mammillaria, and succulent classes are Agave group. 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||Mammillaria 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.
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
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Tel: 023 80261989
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.