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MEXICO-IN-THE-MIDLANDS aka CACTUS STORY

GENERAL SIR OLIVER LEESE’S CACTI

Alcatrez. Not so bad actually!

Succulent Gardens at Alcatrez.

 

Bamboo, Succulents and More: The gardens of Alcatraz, part 2.

March 2012 Meeting Show Bench.

March Show Bench

March Show Bench

May Annual Show schedule [updated]

Our Annual May show is just around the corner (May 27 ) and the schedule is being printed and will be distributed at the next meeting but if you want an early look here it is:

May 2012 show schedule

May 2012 show schedule v2

Cactus Folk album | Wills | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.

An interesting collection of old photographs of people who were/are active in the cactus and succulent community.

Cactus Folk album | Wills | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy..

February Meeting – Ant’s talk on Lops (Lophophora)

Lophophora williamsii

Lophophora williamsii

I unfortunately forgot my camera during this month’s meeting so there are no pictures from the show bench or talk but I do have my notes that I took during Ant’s talk and will add some public domain images and a link to Ant’s photobucket Gallery.

 

Lophophora are a North American / Mexican cactus that is well known for its use as a religious sacrement among some southern Native America tribes.

Under drought they pull down into the soil (contractile roots)

Here’s Ant’s collection (not all Lops)

Four accepted variants – L. diffusa, L.fricii, L.jourdaniana, L. williamsii

L. diffusa – softer body than others. Stamens will close when touched.
L. fricii – more wool in the center when grown hard. North-East Mexico – Variable species with 8-14 ribs. var Albiflora = white flowers. Soft body but not as soft as L. diffusa.
L.Jordania – darkest flowers, tougher body, dark green skin.
L. Williamsii –

Some Cultivars –
L. caespitosa
L. decipians
L. varigated diffusa
Wiiliamsii Cristate

Cultivation Tips:
In Cultivation they are green and hairy, in habitat grey and far less hairy
The flowers are white to purple/pink. In habitat they grow in rich acid soil- river beds. Potting mix doesn’t matter much. Just fertilise and allow for taproots. Late season flowers will produce seed pods the next year. Only once has Ant had a slug nibble on a Lop. In general they are slow to get big but they change skin quickly – to grows down under the plant and is recycled. Small plants potted in 2 parts JI2 – 1 part grit and 1 part river washed sand. Bigger plants just stones. Watered by 1 hour in water. Feed half strength Chempack Cactus. Keep them humid with misting to prevent red spider mite (RSM). Restricting the roots makes for a larger above surface plant. Some are multi-headed, some are not. Taproots are almost the same diameter as the top. These are tough plants. Ones that look dead and rotting can still flower and produce seed pods as well as recover. Pests: Mealies prefer other plants – obvious and easy to deal with. RSM – you don’t know until your plant is scarred and developed a brown crust.

Some Resources
Lophophora: A cacti growing blog
CactiGuide: Lophophora

Croston Cactus 2012 Easter Sale

April 6th – 9th – 9:30 to 5:30

Croston Cactus Easter Weekend 2012 Sale
(You need to click on the image to view the flyer full size and then click on again once the next page loads..)

16TH HAVERING CACTUS MART

16TH HAVERING CACTUS MART
(The Original and the Best of its Kind)
Saturday 12th May 2012
Open from 10am to 3pm
NORTH ROMFORD COMMUNITY CENTRE, CLOCKHOUSE LANE, COLLIER ROW, NORTH ROMFORD RM5 3QJ

At least 12 leading nurseries, large hall.
Refreshments and snacks available all day
Admission – £1
For Map/Details and Parking send S.A.E. to:-

Mr E A Harris, 49 Chestnut Glen,
Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4HL

North West Cactus Mart

From the BCSS forum post:

Yes, it’s that time again.
NORTH WEST CACTUS MART – SATURDAY APRIL 28TH OPENING FROM 10.30AM TO 2.30PM. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIMES.

ST THOMAS MORE CHURCH HALL – MANCHESTER BRANCH MEETING HALL
KIRKWAY, ALKRINGTON, MIDDLETON, MANCHESTER M24 1PP ONLY 2 MINUTES & 3/4 MILE FROM JUNCTION 20, M60
THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY CHARGE SO YOU CAN SPEND ALL YOUR CASH ON PLANTS AND FOOD.

WARM REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE TILL 2PM, BACON BARM CAKES, PANINIS, SCONES, TEA, COFFEE ETC, ALL AT REASONABLE PRICES.

PLANT SALES BY:
CROSTON CACTUS
TONY IRONS
RENE GEISSLER
RALPH NORTHCOTT
RICHARD AND WENDY EDGINTON
HARRY MAYS
PLANT LOVERS
IAN ROBINSON
RAY ALLCOCK
BRIAN MCDONOUGH – HOPEFULLY
JOHN GANDER – HOPEFULLY
MANCHESTER BRANCH MEMBERS SALES — TO NAME BUT A FEW

PLUS
KEITH LARKIN BOOKS
PHILIP BARKER POTS ETC

WE ARE ALSO HOPING TO HAVE A PLANT AUCTION OF PLANTS FROM A DECEASED SOCIETY MEMBER. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING SOON AND THE AUCTION WILL BE AT 11.30AM IF ALL GOES TO PLAN. IT IS HOPED TO HAVE A LIST OF PLANTS AND PICTURES OF MANY OF THEM.

The forum post has contact numbers for Peter B, Manchester Branch Secretary if you need further information or assistance.

News from the BCSS Forum: Mammillaria Society & South West Cactus Mart

The Mammillaria Society will be holding its Annual Meeting on Saturday 26th May at the RHS Wisley.

Details from the forum post:

The Hillside Centre will be our home during the day, which will start for visitors at about 10am, where there will be exhibits of Mammillarias, Escobarias, and Thelocacti, plus a general exhibit by BCSS Woking Branch. There will be plant and seed sales,and plenty of people to field your questions.

In the afternoon, there will be two talks, using some of the exhibit plants as their theme, on Thelocacti by Martin Doorbar (Thelocactus National Collection holder) and Chris Davies (Mammillaria National Collection holder). Refreshments will be available after he talks and discussion.
http://www.bcss.org.uk/foruma/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=154958
The Society will then hold its formal AGM towards the end of the afternoon for members.

All Mammillaria Society members (at least the first 50) will gain entry to the Gardens at no charge, and I have suggested on the Society subforum, that Forum members (an d other BCSS members) might like to organise to use the free entry (again up to 50) that comes with the BCSS affiliated membership of the RHS.

So make this Saturday a good one, enjoy the Gardens in late Spring, meet fellow Forumites, and see some interesting plants in our Exhibits!

During 2012 the Bristol Branch will be starting a new ‘Annual Cactus Mart’ here in the South West.

Details from the forum post

‘South West Cactus Mart’, Portishead Youth Centre, 1, Harbour Road, Portishead, BRISTOL. BS20 7DD.

June 30th, 2012

Doors open 10.00- 3.30. Free admittance.

This new venue is situated at the end of the historic High Street, adjacent to the Portishead Marina. As well as a good venue it gives an opportunity for the family to come with the buyers to sample the Marina, boats & restaurants as well as the lakeground attractions on the nearby seafront.