October 19 Meeting – Ed Read, Collection Care 101

Don’t forget, our meeting is a week early this month!
Social Time at 7pm, meeting starts at 7:30.

Edward Read is our speaker this month.

“What’s going on with my plant?” is a question that I am asked quite often. I love this kind of detective work so I was happy when it was requested that I speak on cultural practices and pest management. I look forward sharing with you several of the things that we cactus and succulent collectors must know and consider to keep our collections healthy and beautiful. We will re-view and identify the causes of several of the symptoms that our plants can exhibit. For example, we will go over how to find, identify, and manage common pests and the tools needed to do so. A few of the cultural practices that we will discuss are buying plants, potting media, containers, watering, temperature and evaporation, light, dormancy, and safety. I will be happy to hear your questions and do my best to help you find answers.

Ed and his wife and son live in Fullerton. The first plant he bought was an Aeonium that he purchased for his mother when he was in the second grade; he still grows that plant today. In high school he amassed a large collection of carnivorous plants and began propagating them via tissue culture. His drive to study these plants led him to study Biology and to travel the Americas. After graduating, Ed worked in the Brazilian Amazon and Canadian Boreal Forest as a research associate for UCI. He currently works at CSUF managing the Biology Greenhouse Complex. He oversees plant research and curates the teaching collection of over 4000 specimens. Ed specializes in the genus Pinguicula and published a new species this year. He is currently researching the Corpse Flower and the Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal trees.

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