September 23rd, 2021 Meeting – Gunnar Eisel

When?
September 23, 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: Gunnar Eisel

Gunnar Eisel
Gunnar Eisel’s interest in cacti and succulents can be traced back to his childhood infatuation with photographing night-blooming cereus flowers and a few unfortunate encounters with opuntia glochids. His interest in cacti became intensified through many annual trips to the Anza-Borrego desert.

Born and raised near Heidelberg, Germany, Eisel has taught music at CSULA, CSUF, Whittier College Fullerton College and Citrus College. He recently retired as a full-time music theory and history of music professor at Citrus College in Glendora, CA where his students were occasionally subjected to his rantings regarding cacti and succulents.

An avid C&S collector, he serves as Executive Director of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) and President of the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society.

From the Windowsill to the Poor House: Building and Managing a C&S Collection

Gunnar Eisel will explore why we collect and what we collect, types of collections, building and “right-sizing” your collection, do’s and don’ts of managing your collection, a few example collections, pest control, current trends, and innovations.

Meeting Information

Grafted Cactus, Stapeliads are the mini show plants

Cactus: Grafted Cactus

A grafted cactus is basically one species of cactus sliced off its own rootstock, and then grafted onto another species of cactus whose top portion has been removed. There are a number of reasons why this is done. The most common reasons are if the desired plant lacks chlorophyll, grafting it onto another cactus will help the one lacking chlorophyll to survive and hopefully thrive. Another common reason cactus plants are sometimes grafted is that some plants naturally produce a weak root system. If that plant with the weak root system is grafted onto a plant that is a more vigorous grower, that will help the grafted plant to grow and thrive.

Astrophytum 'Cloud'

Astrophytum ‘Cloud’

Succulent: Stapeliads

Stapelia, and a few closely related genera make up the Stapeliads. Most of these plants are low growing stem succulents from Africa, with most of the species in South Africa. They usually form mats of soft, fleshy, green, or grey green stems. A distinguishing characteristic of the genus are the flowers. Most species produce somewhat strange looking, sometimes hairy flowers that have a very offensive rotting flesh type odor, the reason for that is that these plants are usually pollinated by flies.

Huernia schneiderana

Huernia schneiderana

Learn more about our Mini-Show Guidelines

When?
September 23, 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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