next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
our Regular Monthly Meeting on
Desert in a Bowl
You can challenge convention. You can do something different. You can grow succulents in a terrarium. Yes, for succulents you will have to use an open top terrarium. The terrarium will have to be placed where it will receive plenty of light. Succulents aren't shade lovers. The open top allows excess heat to escape, but still keeps thing toasty warm, which most succulents prefer. A few nice plants, a few pretty stones, and other ornaments to fit your taste and you have a beautiful desert arrangement. It's different from typical succulent plant growing, but sometimes different is a good thing.
Not every succulent plant enthusiast gets caught up in the excitement of starting plants from seed, but for those that do, the excitement can be so much fun that they really want to share it with others. We are very fortunate here at the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society in that we currently have a member that has offered to share his knowledge and excitement in raising succulents from seed. David Greenspan will present our October 2015 program on growing cacti and other succulents from seed. While seed propagation requires some expertise and time for plants to reach flowering sizes, it give you a wider availability of plant species, and less expensive than buying plant. Despite what many new growers believe, growing succulents from seed is possible, even when you do not have a greenhouse. They often can be grown quite successfully under artificial lighting, as shown below.
Next Regular Meeting
Sunday October 18, 2015
Program: "Growing Cacti and Other Succulents from Seed"
The National Capital Cactus and Succulent SocietyThe NCCSS is a group of individuals sharing an interest in the collecting and growing of cacti and other types of succulent plants. We meet once a month from September through June. In August we hold an annual plant show and sale at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Our Regular Monthly Meetings are held at St. Anselm’s Abbey School at 14th & South Dakota Ave. N.E. Washington, DC. Our meeting begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at Noon. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and are interested in succulent plants, why not visit one of our meetings and share your interest with others who also love these weird and fascinating plants.
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Yes, you can grow cacti in your Washington, D.C. area landscape.
The photo below was taken during the winter of 2009-10 in the backyard of a home in Charles County Maryland, just southeast of Washington, D.C. The cacti shown in the photo have been growing outside for the past 12 years. They are not brought inside or protected in any way during the winter. The most serious winter damage occurs from stem breakage due to the weight of heavy wet snow or ice. There are a large number of cacti and other succulent plants that can withstand winter conditions, and they can be used to develop a very interesting and enjoyable part of any landscape.
To join the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society contact Lee Miller email@example.com or Bob Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a sample of our most recent newsletter, The Eastern Spine, contact newsletter editor Bob Stewart. Annual membership dues are $15.00 per individual and for a family. There's a five dollar deduction for those receiving their monthly newsletter via email.
Like To Know More About Aeoniums?
Society member Donna Kuroda presented a program on Aeoniums at our October 2011 meeting and she has agreed to allow you access to that program through a PDF presentation. Just click here on the word AEONIUM to call up the program. This is a large file and make take a minute or two to load, depending on the speed of your computer.
The Eastern Spine is the official newsletter of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society. It is published monthly, September through June and is included with your society membership. Join our club and get your own copy delivered to your mailbox.
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the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society:
Benefits of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society:
Our program committee arranges for us to have a unique event each and every month. These consist of lectures, slide shows, informal discussions and presentations; they are always interesting and informative.
Plant of the Month:Each month a succulent genus, or special selection of succulent plants are featured as our plant of the month. Our plant of the month for March 2015 is Lapidaria margaretae.
Information on Growing Succulent Plants:One of the important aspects of growing healthy succulent plants is using the proper potting soil mix. You can read the NCCSS Potting Soils for Succulent Plants handout by clicking right HERE.
If you have any surplus plants, seeds, pots, books or any other plant related items you want to sell, you can bring them to the meeting. Set your own price. 25% goes to the club to buy new books and cover other club related expenses.
First meeting was held July 21, 1974 at the Samson
House at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. The club
newsletter, The Eastern Spine, became
official for the November 1974 meeting. The club began
its affiliation with the Cactus & Succulent Society
of America with the adoption of the By-Laws at the
September 15, 1974 meeting.
|NCCSS Officers for 2014/2015
|Links to Gardens and Other Societies in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area:||Cactus
Succulent Society of America (CSSA)
The National Capital Cactus & Succulent Society is an affiliate society of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. For more information about the CSSA see their web site at: http://cssainc.org/