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Welcome to the Southampton & District Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society

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August Meeting - 1st August

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.


Monthly Meetings

The Southampton and District branch holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, at Saint James' Church Hall, Church Hill (A27), West End (SO30 3LA). The Hall is located on the A27, about one mile west of junction 7 of the M27. Access to the hall car park is from Hatherell Close - if this car park is full, you can also go round the corner and use the main church car park which can be entered from West End Road. There is no charge for attending meetings and visitors are just as welcome as members. In addition, the Branch takes part in shows and displays at other venues throughout the year.

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 or genus.


Newsletters

Each month, the branch publishes a newsletter. These contain summaries of the talks given at meetings and also provide additional information about forthcoming events. You can download these newsletters (in PDF format) here

50th Anniversary

2004 was a very special year for the Branch since it marked our 50th Anniversary. We held a special birthday convention to celebrate this occasion. If you are interested in the history of the branch, click here.

Library

The branch holds an extensive collection of books which can be borrowed by members. Click here for details of the branch library and for a list of the titles available.

Badge

The branch has recently commissioned an enamel badge which allows members to show their affiliation to the branch. Click here for further details.

Additional Information & Links

Click here for some general information on the cultivation of cacti and succulents. It's also fun to try and raise plants from seed.
Click here for links to other Internet websites containing useful information on cacti and succulents.

Photo Galleries

Photos of plants, of some of the events we took part in during recent years, and of the 2004 National Show (which featured some of the best plants in the country).
Gallery 1   Gallery 2  
Events 1   Events 2   Events 3
2004 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6  7
2005   2006   2007
2016 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6 
ELK Conferences   ELK 2012  ELK 2013

2017 Programme

Date Subject/Speaker Table Show
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  

Key
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.



Contact Details

To obtain further information or for correspondence, please contact:
 
Secretary:
David Neville, 
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
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Website:
Vinay Shah, 
Tel: 023 80261989 
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.