July 16th, 2021 Meeting – Karen Zimmerman

When?
Friday, July 16th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

About The Speaker: Karen Zimmerman

Karen Zimmerman
I am the succulent propagator for the Huntington Botanical Gardens’ Desert Collections, a huge and diverse potted succulent collection outside of the public gardens. I care for these plants as well as propagate them. I have worked at the Huntington for 20 years.

I’ve always been drawn to growing plants. The first plants I grew from seed were pine trees. A small local nursery gave my best friend and me an envelope of pine seeds, and I can still remember the deep excitement and awe when they germinated! We were 10 years old.

I still get that same excitement when a batch of new aloe hybrid babies germinate. It’s even better when they start to develop some character, often very early with the first true leaf. Despite careful breeding for specific traits such as color, size or toothiness, unexpected anomalies can appear in any breeding, especially given how complicated these aloe hybrids have become with generations of species and crosses in the mix. The standouts are, of course, the ones I crave!

Photography is another great love of mine, and I find it pairs well with horticulture. It is easy to overlook small details, and you can really see them through a lens up close. I love to share tiny wonders.

Program Topic – Aloes On My Mind: Exploring Aloe Hybrids One Generation at a Time

I start with an overview of the genus aloe; distribution and diversity of species. I talk a little about the work of hybridizers up to the present, with a special mention about Kelly Griffin, my inspiration to try my hand at it.

I show parent plants and offspring, some that became good enough to name and distribute, and others that became disappointments.

Then I showed some promising babies and future possibilities.

Meeting Information

Echinocactus, Pachypodium are the mini show plants

Echinocactus
Echinocactus is a genus of cactus which, along with Ferocactus make up the North American barrel cacti. Echinocactus species range from small to very large, massive barrel shaped plants. Most species in the genus are very heavily spined, and also produce attractive flowers. They can be found from the desert southwest United States, into Mexico. Some of the species are very popular with cactus growers and collectors. The Golden Barrel, Echinocactus grusonii is probably one of the most well know cactus species.

Pachypodium
Pachypodium is a genus of succulent, spiny shrubs and trees in the family Apocynaceae, which also includes Adenium, and Plumeria.

There are about 25 species of Pachypodium found in Madagascar, and Southern Africa. Some species can grow very large, up to 8 meters. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the genus is the bottle shaped base of the plant, which is usually very spiny also. The flowers are usually produced in the fall, and can be very attractive.

When?
Friday, July 16th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA


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June 24th, 2021 Meeting – Rob Roy McGregor

When?
Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

About The Speaker: Rob Roy McGregor

Rob Roy MacGregor
I started collecting plants about 20 years ago. At first it was collecting from the local nursery in San Felipe in Baja Norte California so I could plant them around a friend’s property in Puertecitos Baja California. Then 15 years ago I bought my home in Riverside and proceeded to remove the grass in my ½ acre backyard and install rocks and cacti. The front yard soon followed, receiving an aloe and rock remodel. After those first couple of years I began to meet people that would change my whole outlook on cacti and succulent plants. It was at this time I ran into a person whom I would later call my mentor. He took the time to instill in me the drive to learn correct terminology and spelling of plants.

He also taught me to take a more scientific approach of gathering information. It was this approach that I call “playing with my plants” which gave me the willingness to do what I have done to plants, in the name of further education.

Program Topic – Mojave National Preserve

On the southeastern border of California lies 1.6 million acres that make up the Mojave National Preserve. Of the 4 deserts that exist in North America, 3 are present within this Preserve, the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran deserts. Over the course of multiple excursions throughout various seasons I have explored the Mojave Preserve to view succulent plants in habitat. Treks to the Mojave National Preserve are one-day trips that are inexpensive, contain accessible hot spots with a variety of succulent plants and geological phenomena. The intent of my talk is to demonstrate examples of exploring natural habitats in our own backyard that anyone with a day or two could experience, whether it’s the Mojave National Preserve or our other desert wonders.

Meeting Information

Melocactus, Adenia are the mini show plants

Melocactus
Melocactus is a genus of cactus with about 30 plus species. Most are from South America, but some species live in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. One of the distinguishing features of the genus is the cephalium produced at the apex of mature plants. The cephalium is where the flowers and later the small pink edible fruit are produced. This structure continues to grow and elongate as the plant ages.

Melocactus are very popular amongst cactus collectors.

Adenia
Adenia is a genus of plants in the family Passifloraceae, which also contains Passionflowers, but don’t think of Adenia as edible because some members of the genus are highly poisonous, and contain some of the most potent plant toxins known.

The genus contains about 100 species, and many are desirable to collectors because they are pachycauls and develop a beautiful swollen caudex as they mature.

When?
Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Refreshments will be available.


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Summer Mini Show Results

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, OCCSS will not be able to meet in person this August. We will not be meeting in September and it is unlikely we’ll be able to meet again until 2021. We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, take a look at our Summer Virtual Mini-Show! Thanks to all who participated! Special thanks to Alden Norris for organizing and Gary James for being our Show Judge.


Parodia schlosseri


Advanced Cactus Winner
Alden Norris
Parodia schlosseri


Notocactus scopa


Intermediate Cactus Winner
Kathy and Jeff McNair
Notocactus scopa


Notocactus magnificus


Beginner Cactus Winner
Rei Sales
Notocactus magnificus


Faucaria sp.


Beginner Succulent Winner
David Domash
Faucaria sp.


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August Meeting Canceled

Sorry to say we still cannot meet due to ongoing pandemic. We do have the results of our Virtual Mini-Show and we’ll have them posted here very soon.

The CSSA is hosting A Zoom event with Tom Glavich on September 5.

Heres the info:

CSSA Webinar: Saturday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT
Tom Glavich : Mutant Cacti and Succulents
 

Join us Saturday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for the 9th in a series of webinars featuring Cactus and Succulent experts from around the world.

Tom Glavich is a long-time grower of succulent plants. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and is currently the co-chair of the Inter-City Cactus and Succulent show and sale, one of the largest C&S shows in the world. He is the author of the Beginner’s Guide to Succulent Monocots, and the Beginner’s Guide to Succulent Dicots. He is a frequent contributor to the CSSA Journal and an active member of several Los Angeles area Cactus and Succulent Societies.

This webinar is a look at mutant cacti and succulents, with an emphasis on the genetic changes and their impact on the appearance of crests, monstrous and variegated cacti and succulents. A survey of typical and unusual forms will be followed by a short introduction of cultivation and propagation.

To register for the webinar in advance Click here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

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SUMMER SALE CANCELED

Sadly, due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, we will not be having our regular July Cactus and Succulent sale.

Watch this space for the results of our Virtual Mini-Show!


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Meetings Canceled for April, May 2020

Dear OCCSS Members,

I hope this message finds you and yours safe and healthy. We are hanging in there at my house.

As you may have anticipated, there will be no club meeting in April. Your Club Board met this weekend via Zoom. Since it is so uncertain as to what will be happening in May as far as the stay-at-home order, we decided it would be best to cancel the May meeting as well. It seems unlikely things will be back to normal that soon. At this point, we hope to have a regular meeting in June as well as our Summer Sale in July.

Many of us have more time on our hands to baby our plants, so we thought we’d organize a Virtual Mini-show in the month of May. We’ll ask for photos of your Plant of the Month and we’ll post a gallery of all the entries, with winners, on the website. So watch your email for info and instructions in the next couple weeks.

I know these are difficult and stressful times. Know that we are thinking about you all as well as the club and hope to see you again soon.

All The Best,
Mary Chittenden

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April and May Meetings Canceled

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the April and May meetings for OCCSS have been cancelled. We hope to see you in June.

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President’s Letter: March 2020 Show and Sale Cancellation

Dear OCCSS Friends,

It is with great regret that I am writing to tell you that the OCCSS Board of Directors and Sale Chairs have made the difficult decision to cancel our upcoming Spring Sale and Show.

Per Governor Newsom and state public health officials, gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people.

We have taken this action in order to safeguard vendors, volunteers and customers, from the possibility of contracting and transmitting the Coronavirus in the course of shopping and working at our sale.

Connie is researching options for postponing our planned April 4 Bus Trip. It will likely be rescheduled for sometime in the fall. She will be contacting participants with updates.

At this point our next regular meeting, scheduled for Thursday April 23, will go forward as planned. I hope to see you then.

Your President,
Mary Chittenden

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February 29th, 2020 – Sale @ Hank’s

Sale at Hank's
Join us on Leap Day to help Hank’s family get his house ready for new tenants.

Saturday, February 29th
4318 Canehill Ave
Lakewood, CA 90713

Hank’s plants and yard decor will be available at great prices.

We miss Hank, but we can all have something to remember him by.

Please bring CASH.
We will not be set up for credit cards or checks.
No pre-sales. Arrive at 8 A.M. for best selection.

Bring a shovel for large plants in the ground.

For questions please call Lori 562-587-3359 or Mary 714-331-9461

Click here for more information

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February 27th, 2020 Meeting – Ernesto Sandoval

When?
February 27, 2020
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

About The Speaker: Ernesto Sandoval

Program Topic – Propagation of Succulents from Seed at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory

Ernesto and Company been experimenting with various techniques for propagating succulents from seed and want to share these techniques and tips for better seed germination. If you haven’t tried growing from seed or if you are looking for ways to perhaps increase your success rate, Ernesto thinks you’ll appreciate this visual tour of propagation of plants such Welwitschia, Aloes, Cacti, Dorstenia, Othonna, Mesembs and more.

Meeting Information

Tephrocactus, Tylecodon are the mini show plants

Tephrocactus
Tephrocactus is a small genus in the subfamily Opuntioideae which is endemic to Argentina. The stems grow in very distinct segments, but unlike the flat-pads found on the genus Opuntia, the segments of Tephrocactus are round. This can be either in short cylinders, egg shaped, or even spherical.

Tylecodon
Tylecodon are found within the crassulacea family. The genus of around 46 species is very diverse in habitat and quite variable in form, ranging from dwarf single leaved to large thick-stemmed. The distribution of Tylecodon is restricted to the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa and Southern Namibia. The plants occur quite abundantly in habitats that vary from the rocky coastal shores, rock crevices in mountainous terrain and in sandy hilly terrain.

When?
February 27, 2020
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

Where?
Anaheim United Methodist Church
1000 State College Blvd
Anaheim, CA

Refreshments will be available.


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