next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
our Annual Holiday Luncheon on
Tis the Season for the appearance of flowers on the Holiday Cacti. Shown above is a beautiful specimen of the Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), which usually flowers in late November, around Thanksgiving. The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) flowers 3 to 4 weeks later. The Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri) flowers in early spring, around the time of Easter. Although these plants don't look like traditional cacti, botanically they are true cacti, and belong to the Cactaceae family.
No meeting. No program. But, Great Food, Great Friends, and a Wonderful Venue, for our Annual NCCSS Holiday Luncheon. We will gather in the Great Hall of the gymnasium at Saint Anselm's Abbey and School at 11:00 a. m. and celebrate the 2014 Holidays with a great luncheon. This will be a wonderful opportunity to spend time with members of the society, discuss our favorite plant successes, and failures, and have a great lunch. If you would like to attend just contact Lee Miller email@example.com or Bob Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Program for the December 21, 2014 NCCSS Meeting
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.
The National Cactus and Succulent Society is now on Facebook!
The National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society celebrates its 40th Anniversary
In July 1974 a group of succulent plant enthusiasts
gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to discuss the
possibility of forming a society centered around the
growing of succulent plants. In September 1974 the
National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society was
officially formed. Our society is proud to
celebrate 40 years of spreading the word about these
wonderful plants and helping others to enjoy them as
much as we do.
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.
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