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Most succulents, including cacti, are easy to grow from seed, albeit slow. Shown above are 2 month old seedlings of Astrophytum asterias (at bottom) and Astrophytum myriostigma (at top). These have been grown under fluorescent lights and will remain under lights until they are approximately a year old when they will be moved outside. The seeds of succulents can be handled just like seeds of tomatoes or zinnias. They require the same environmental conditions as vegetable or flower seeds. Perhaps the biggest problem in growing succulents is acquiring the seeds. However there are several mail order sources of cacti and other succulent seeds. A good place to start for succulent seed is the Cactus Mall. http://www.cactus-mall.com/seeds.html
Nearly everyone who begins the adventure of growing succulent plants, obtain their first plants as purchases from a nursery or garden center. A few of us have been lucky in that our first plants were gifts from family or friends. However, as our experience with succulents increases we begin to consider propagating new plants from our existing plants, or grow new plants from seed. Our society has several very experienced growers who have been propagating succulents for many years. This month's program will feature NCCSS and CSSM (Cactus and Succulent Society of Maryland) member Bob Petza who will share his knowledge and expertise in propagating a wide variety of succulent plants. Bob propagates plants from seed, division, stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, root cuttings, and offsets. He frequently fills our sales table with plants he has propagated. If you would like to attend any of our meetings please contact Lee Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Stewart email@example.com for details.
Program for the May 17, 2015 NCCSS Meeting
"Succulent Plant Propagation"
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 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.
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 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 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