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Cacti and other Succulents enjoying a Summer Outside
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Unless it is a Greenhouse, a house is usually no place for most cacti and other succulents (C&S) to spend the summer. And, even a greenhouse, can be too hot in the summer for most cacti and other succulents. Most C&S plants, unless they are very sensitive to too much rain, can be kept outside when temperatures allow. Here in the Washington D.C. area that equates to a early May to early October time period.
It is important when moving plants from the inside to the outside to acclimate them to the increase in sunlight they will be receiving. This can be accomplished by placing the plants in a semi shaded location for two weeks or more before moving them into the full sun. Also, with the increased light and temperatures of the outside, your plants may require a more frequent watering cycle. For the first month check them every few days and make sure they are not staying too dry too long. While most C&S can endure dry periods, they will look and grow better when they watered on a regular basis.
May 2018 Regular NCCSS
NCCSS member Bob Simpson will unlock the many secrets of this fascinating cactus genus of Mexico and southern Texas Bob will discuss the history, people involved, and the various species that make up the genus. He will then takes us on a trip to Mexico and visit habitats where species of Lophophora make their natural homes. Bob will introduce us to native American artwork that has never been recognized because it is virtually invisible to modern man, including archaeologists, but is directly related to this plant. This promises to be a most interesting and informative program on a very special cactus genus.
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 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 $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.
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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 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/