October Meeting – Peter Walkowiak

When?
October 27, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Guest Speaker Peter Walkowiak

Cultivation Techniques – Demonstration

The talk I will be giving starts with soil, a good soil mix is the foundation of success in growing succulents well. I will be talking about the many do’s and don’ts when growing your succulents. This will be a hands-on demonstration starting with soil mix, transplanting and care of your succulent plants. This will be a Q & A program, so bring all your questions you have about growing your succulents.

Meeting Information

Society officer elections will be held, please come and vote.

Ferocactus & Gasteria are the mini show plants.

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September Meeting – Question-and-Answer Panel

When?
September 22, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Question-and-Answer Panel

Unfortunately, our September speaker had to cancel, but we will try to reschedule Dr. Russell Wagner for next year. In lieu of a presentation for our meeting we will be hosting a Question-and-Answer panel which should be very informative and rewarding. There will also be some tips on choosing the right pot, pruning, what to look for when purchasing a plant, etc. We look forward to this upcoming meeting and encourage everyone to attend with questions you may have about your plants. We can also attempt to identify your unknown plant, so bring it to the meeting.

Meeting Information

My Favorite Cactus, My Favorite Succulent are the mini show plants

Bring your two favorite plants for each category for a total of four plants.

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August Meeting – Speaker: Duke Benadom | “The Serengeti”

When?
August 25, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Featured Speaker: Duke Benadom | “The Serengeti”

Duke Benadom
Duke has been involved with several cactus & succulent clubs and is a life member of three. He became a Director for the Cactus & Succulent Society of America (CSSA) in 1990, served as the CSSA’s Show Chairman for more than a decade, and as Convention Chairman for six conventions. He served as Vice President and then President for a total of almost ten years, and as Editor of the Cactus & Succulent Journal for just over a year. He is a recipient of three CSSA awards, Superior Service, Special Service, and Fellow. He was the author of the long-running CSJ column, Superb Succulents, since its inception. He enjoys flora and fauna, seed growing, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with others of similar interests.

Meeting Information

Gymnocalycium, Crassula are the mini show plants

Cactus: Gymnocalycium

Gymnocalycium is a genus of South American cactus with about 70 species. Most species have strongly tuberculate ribs, giving this cactus the common name Chin Cactus. Another distinguishing characteristic of the genus is the naked flower bud, there are no hair or spines on the developing flower bud, only scales. Most species in the genus are easy to grow, stay small, and flower freely, making them a great addition to a cactus collection.

Succulent: Crassula

Crassula is a diverse genus of plants containing more than 200 species, many of which are succulent, and desirable to have in a succulent collection. One of the most recognizable succulent plants, the Jade plant, Crassula ovata, is a member of this genus. Many of the species we grow for the form of the plant rather than the flowers, but there are exceptions, such as Crassula falcata which has a beautiful bright red inflorescence as well as an interesting form, and Crassula ‘Springtime’, which has a nice pink inflorescence.

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OCCSS Summer Sale 7/22 🌵 7/23

2022 OCCSS Summer Show Flyer

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June Meeting – Speaker: Al Klein | “Growing Fat Plants”

When?
June 23, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Featured Speaker: Al Klein | “Growing Fat Plants”

Al’s interest in the natural world started in his childhood. Growing up in Chicago he would make regular visits to Field Museum of Natural History, and read books on the natural sciences. His favorite hobbies were growing exotic plants like cacti, and collecting fossils, minerals, and insects.
Al Klien
After moving to California at the age of 17 he found his passion in plants. He was amazed at the diversity and beauty of the flora of California. He was employed by South Shores Nursery in San Clemente California while attending California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He received his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with emphasis in landscape design and retail nursery management.

After graduation he was hired by Rodgers Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California. Within a year he was promoted to Nursery Manager. Soon Al had the opportunity to start a new business. He was asked to help open a nursery-gift shop in Escondido California, called Canterbury Gardens and Gifts. Soon after he was asked to be a partner in the business. Al recently retired from Canterbury Gardens after 35 years of service. Al is now running his nursery business, Botanic Wonders full time, his true passion! Botanic Wonders specializes in growing and selling of rare and exotic plants, including cacti, cycads, and rare succulents.

Meeting Information

Columnar Cactus, Adromischus are the mini show plants

Cactus: Columnar Cactus

This month’s cactus of the month is a broad category where a number of different species can qualify. Columnar cactus can include species in the genuses Cereus, Oreocereus, Espostoa, Trichocereus, Bergerocactus, Myrtillocactus, just to name a few. A lot of these plants are the tall, tree like cactus, but are very popular with collectors and can be grown in pots.

Succulent: Adromischus

Adromischus is a genus of about 28 species of succulent plants in the family Crassulaceae. These plants are popular because they have attractive colored and textured leaves. They make small greenish white flowers.

Some species lose leaves very easily, so care should be taken when moving plants around, but if you do lose a leaf, you can usually start a new plant from a single leaf!

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2022 Summer Show & Sale Information

2022 OCCSS Summer Show Flyer


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May Meeting – Speaker: Dylan Hannon | “Tylecodons for the Collector”

When?
May 26, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Featured Speaker: Dylan Hannon | “Tylecodons for the Collector”

Dylan was raised in Southern California, where he developed an early interest in a wide range of plant groups. Both his mother and grandmother helped nurture an avid appreciation of plants. He has worked for over 25 years in the botanical garden field, starting as a research assistant to Dr. Thomas B. Croat at Missouri Botanical Garden, working on the taxonomy of Araceae (aroids). He spent nine years as Plant Propagator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA, and has been Curator of Conservatory Collections at The Huntington Botanical Gardens since 2003. In between these posts Dylan worked in the wholesale cactus industry and for consulting firms as a field botanist in the San Diego area. His main interest is the propagation and distribution of cultivated plants, particularly material of known wild origin. These themes run through Dylan’s writing, lectures and plant collecting. He is blessed to have his supportive wife Antoinette by his side.

Meeting Information

Echinocereus, Aloe Species are the mini show plants

Cactus: Echinocereus

Echinocereus is a genus of small to medium sized cactus from North America and Mexico with the common name hedgehog cactus. These plants are usually heavily spined, cylindrical, clumping, sometimes with many heads forming large mounds. The flowers are usually very large, and quite showy. When a large clump is flowering it can be spectacular!

Succulent: Aloe Species

This month we will feature Aloe species as opposed to the many hybrids that are available. We can also include Aloidendron and Aloiampelos, which were recently split from Aloe.

Aloe is a genus of succulent plants with over 500 species. Most species are from Africa and Madagascar, with a few species from various islands in the Indian Ocean. Most Aloe species form a rosette of large fleshy leaves on a stem. The tubular flowers can be yellow, orange, pink, or red, and are clustered on a spike that comes out near the top of the stem.

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April Meeting – Speaker: Gary Duke | “What kind of cactus is it?”

When?
April 28, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Featured Speaker: Gary Duke | “What kind of cactus is it?”

Gary Duke

Gary Duke is an incumbent on the Board of Directors to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. He currently assists with auditing the CSSA finances each year and also is a member of the Honors Committee. He has been collecting cacti and succulents for over 50 years. He’s an avid collector of cacti and also collects Tylecodons and Dudleyas. He is a retired Air Force officer with a doctoral degree in physics. During his military career, he moved his original and ever expanding collection of less than about 30 plants from Illinois, where he grew up, to Omaha, NE, Dayton, OH (where he started their first C&S Society, which is now defunct), San Pedro, CA, Montgomery, AL and Albuquerque, NM where he had been show chairman. He has also been President of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society and the Long Beach Cactus Society. Following his military career, he worked as a program manager for Boeing for 16 years. He has over 1000 different species in his private collection and enjoys propagating them. One can view some plants in his collection on his Instagram site: garyduke53. He frequently gives slide presentations throughout southern California, including being invited to speak at the Huntington Botanical Gardens and at the Denver Cactus and Succulent Society. He has traveled to Aruba, Peru, Baja Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile to see cacti and succulents in habitat.

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Eriosyce, Aeonium are the mini show plants

Cactus: Eriosyce

Eriosyce, also known as Neoporteria and Neochilenia is a genus of South American cactus with a globose body, though some species may get somewhat cylindrical in older plants. Some species have a dark almost black looking epidermis, and most are heavily spined. The beautiful flowers are usually pink with a yellowish center. The fact that most species don’t get very large make them a popular cactus for collectors.

Succulent: Aeonium

Aeonium is a genus of succulent plant in the crassulaceae family. Most species are native to the Canary Islands, with a few species found in mainland Africa. The usually glossy, succulent leaves are arranged in a tight rosette. In some species and varieties, the leaves blush very dark with increasing light, and can be very attractive. Each rosette will form a terminal inflorescence, and then die, but usually the plant will produce side branches.

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OCCSS Spring Sale 3/18 🌵 3/19

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February Meeting – Speaker: Jeff Moore – Agaves

When?
February 24, 2022
Social time starts at 7:00 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30pm

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

Our speaker, Jeff Moore will present on his recently published book coauthored with Jeremy Spath, Agaves – Species, Hybrids and Cultivars. He writes “The presentation follows the flow of the book, with most of the powerpoint images from the book itself. The majority of the species are covered, with images both in habitat (when possible) and in cultivation. There is also a chapter on established and new hybrids, as well as the relatively new phenomenon of mangaves. The book/talk will show examples of agaves in the landscape as well as those suitable for container culture, discusses pests/diseases as well as propagation. Although the emphasis is on agaves as ornamentals, we take a look at the history of agaves as commercial plants, for fiber, food, and of course the genus’ most well known byproduct – tequila and mescal. From an ornamental perspective, there are some beautiful detailed images of agave spines and imprinting, as well as some of the more impressive variegated and collector forms. Most of the images were taken by the authors, but we also have included many beautiful photos from contributors such as Bryan Kemble, Jeff Chemnick, Tony Krock, and other knowledgable enthusiasts.”  Jeff has owned and operated Solana Succulents since 1992.  It is a small retail specialty nursery, and he carries as much of the rare and unusual as possible, along with more common and colorful succulents. The agave book will be his fifth self-published book about succulents

 

 


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February Mini-Show Plants

Cactus: North American Opuntia, Cylindropuntia, Grusonia etc..

The Opuntia family of cactus include plants that most people are familiar with, such as the Prickly Pears, and the Chollas. These cacti have some unique features that other cacti don’t have, such as true leaves on the new growths, and a type of spine called glochids, which are very small, fine spines that readily detach if a human or animal brushes against them. The spines and glochids are also barbed which is thought to aid the plant in vegetative reproduction. When the segment gets hooked onto an animal, it detaches and is carried away to possibly start a new plant in another location.
The Opuntia can be found as far north as Canada, and down through the US and Mexico, then down into South America. Some species are considered invasive in other parts of the world such as Africa, Australia, and Mediterranean areas of Europe.

Succulent: Echeveria

Echeveria is a large genus of succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae. Their natural habitat is often cliff faces, and can be found from Mexico, Central America, down into South America.
These plants form rosettes of often brightly colored leaves, and are very popular with collectors. The numerous small flowers form on stalks that arise from near the center of the rosette. Most people grow them for the form of the plant rather than for the flowers though.
Photos: Prickly Pear and Cholla from the Mojave desert, Cholla flower, and Echeveria agavoides ‘Ebony’
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