next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
our Holiday Luncheon
Tephrocactus geometricus, grown by NCCSS member Bob Petza, won the Best in Show Award for a Cactus at our 2013 Show and Sale. It certainly was the most popular cactus in the show and the most photographed. Many visitors just didn't believe it was a real plant, believing it to be a collection of glued together, green painted golf balls. We had to keep a close eye on it because many people, especially the kids, wanted to touch it. Unfortunately, the plant has tiny spines that can be very irritating once they get in the skin. T. geometricus is native to Argentina in South America.
NCCSS December 2013 Holiday Luncheon
To join the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society contact Lee Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Stewart email@example.com. 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.
| The Cactus Mall Web Site
http://www.cactus-mall.com/ is a wonderful clearing house of cacti and succulent information. It has lists of world wide clubs, nurseries, home pages, photos, etc. all centered around succulent plants. If you are looking for one stop shopping for information on succulents, this is it.
The Lithops Info Web Site
http://www.lithops.info/ is the place to go if you are looking for information on how to grow lithops, the Living Stones. It does a great job explaining the when lithops need to be watered during the year, and when they shouldn't be watered. More lithops are lost do to incorrect watering than any other cause.
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.
Click Newsletter to view the April 2013 newsletter in PDF format. When you are finished reading the newsletter, hit the BACK button on your browser to return to this page. If you would like a complementary copy of our upcoming May 2013 newsletter just drop me a note.
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 April 2013 was Titanopsis calcarea. This is a small cryptic succulent, meaning where it grows in South Africa, it generally blends in with its surroundings. The exception is when it is covered with its bright yellow flowers, then it is very noticeable in order to attract the insects that pollinate the flowers. Flower occurs in late winter through mid spring. It is not a difficult plant to grow, but it is rarely offered for sale at local garden centers or nurseries. The plant show at right was grown from seed by one of our society members. It is fifteen years old.
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 2012/2013
|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://www.cssainc.org