next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
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Artificial Light Set Up for Growing Succulent Plants
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A three shelf fluorescent light plant growing unit set up by NCCSS member Bob Stewart. Relatively small growing cacti and other succulents can be grown quite nicely under fluorescent lights. Plants have to be kept close (within 6-8 inches) to the fluorescent tubes which excludes tall plants, but this still allows a wide variety of succulents to be grown.
Cool white fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent tubes work well for most succulents. The lights are kept on for 16 hours and off for 8 hours. It is recommended that the tubes be replaced each year. In the past few years the new T5 fluorescent lights have begun to replace the older T12 and T8 fluorescent units. Although the T5 units and tubes cost more, they provide more light and don't have to be replaced as often. Artificial lights are also a great method for propagation, including both seed starting and rooting cuttings.
April 2018 Regular NCCSS
One of the most important needs of cacti and other types of succulent plants is adequate light. Unfortunately, most homes are not built to provide light primary for plants. A solution to this problem is to move plants outside when weather conditions allow. While such a move provides important benefits for your plants, it is not without risks. This month's program covers the benefits and risks of moving your plants outside for the summer season, and how to avoid the problems associated with a summer outside for your plants.
Delosperma cooperi 'Table Mountain'
There are a number of succulents that can withstand winter weather in a large part of the country, and one of the best is Delosperma cooperi. Over the past decade a number of hybrids of D. cooperi have appeared, including "Table Mountain' shown below growing in Northern Virginia. Many of these delosperma hybrids are now available at local garden centers and plant nurseries. They are evergreen and grow in a spreading, low profile, making them excellent as hardy succulent planting ground covers. In addition, given plenty of sun, they produce large numbers of colorful flowers.
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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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 $10.00
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 November 2017 was Yucca rostrata. Yucca rostrata is a single-trunk plant with a single head of long, stiff, strap-like leaves. The leaves form a nearly globe-like head giving the plant a particularly attractive form. It grows naturally in northern
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 2016/2017
|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/