October Meeting Show Bench

BCSS Birmingham Oct Show Plants

BCSS Birmingham Oct Show Plants

BCSS Birmingham Oct Show Plants

Potting up a large Euphorbia Ingens

Derek and Arthur pot up part of a large Euphorbia Ingens from the Arid House at Winterbourne

All lined up.

All lined up II

Autumn Show.

Stuart’s pick of the show

Some shaky and out of focus video (i apparently turned off the auto feature on the camera – whoops!)




Interesting Posts on the BCSS forum

 

My trip to the Czech Republic by Sandi Stunning photos of a number of greenhouses with massive cacti collections

Sulcorebutia 2011 by Ross M. Pictures of Ross’s Sulcorebutia in flower. Be sure and view the whole thread.

Lithops could become addictive by Phil Hocking A number of closeup pictures of Lithops

Red Flowers by Jeff S. Lots of Ariocarpus in flower.  No red though!

North West Mesemb Show by Peter B. Photos of the show taken by Chris L and Jim Mercer.

From the Telegraph : Floral fireworks to enjoy in autumn. Take cuttings of succulents for a fascinating display that you can enjoy in autumn.

Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

BCSS Gloucester branch auction

On Sunday Arthur, Gill, Derek and I went down to Gloucester Branch’s 45th Anniversary Auction and spent a day out in sunshine watching people spend a lot on plants.  Here are the videos and photos.

Non-auction stuff:

Auction Plants

BCSS Gloucester branch auction plants 1 through 24

BCSS Gloucester branch auction – plants 23 through 82

BCSS Gloucester branch auction plants 83 through 116

bcss gloucester branch auction plants 114 through 153

1 Astrophytum ornatum (9″ pot)
2 Astrophytum myriostigma (6″ pot)
3 Leuchtenbergia principis (8″ pot)
4 Leuchtenbergia principis (5″ pot)
5 Espostoa superba (7″ pot, 2 offsets)
6 Lophophora williamsii (6″ pot, 1 offset)
7 Mammillaria albata (7″ pot, many heads, needs repot)
8 Ferocactus chrysacanthus SJBF 338 (5″ pot)
9 Mammillaria maritima (51?2″ pot)
10 Mammillaria hahniana (9″ bowl, multi-headed)
11 Mammillaria crassior (7″ pot, 3 heads)
12 Oroya peruvianus (8″ pot)
13 Ferocactus emoryi (6″ pot, needs repot)
14 Cyphostema juttae SJBF (9″ pot, 12″ high caudex) WITHDRAWN
15 4 Haworthias – Bev’s Wonder, pygmaea v. argenteo-maculosa, mirabilis v. sublineata, reticulata v. reticulata (31?2″pots)
16 Operculicaria decaryi (15″ pot, 3′ high – national show prizewinner)
17 Pachypodium saundersii (5″ pot, 8″ high)
18 Euphorbia symetrica cristate ES 1255 (41?2″ pot)
19 Nolina recurvata (12″ pot, 2′ high)
20 Echeveria agavoides ‘Ebony’ (10″ pot)
21 Senecio scaposus (7″ bowl, needs repot)
22 Senecio scaposus (7″ bowl, needs repot) WITHDRAWN
23 Tylecodon bucholzianus (41?2″ pot)
24 Trichocaulon piliferum SJBF (5″ pot, 7 heads)
25 Gasteria rawlinsonii (8″ pot)
26 Testudinaria elephantidens (8″ pot)
27 Testudinaria elephantidens (8″ pot)
28 Gasteria ernesti-ruschii (8″ pot)
29 Aloe parvula (10″ bowl)
30 Aloe ‘Grande’ (8″ bowl)
31 Gasteria ellaphieae (5″ pot)
32 Gasteraloe ‘Green Ice’ (9″ pot, many heads)
33 Beaucarnea gracilis SJBF (7″ pot)
34 Brighamia insignis (8″ pot, 28″ high)
35 Aloe ‘Lizard Lips’ (9″ pot, needs repot)
36 Rechsteinaria leucotricha (9″ pot, lar
37 Rechsteinaria leucotricha (8″ pot)
38 Dudleya viscosa SJBF (5″ pot, 3 heads) WITHDRAWN
39 Dudleya attenuata SJBF (7″ pot) WITHDRAWN
40 Collection of named Lithops in seed tray
41 The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Cacti, by Clive Innes and Charles Glass
42 Mammillaria sonorensis hiltonii (5″ pot, many heads, needs repot)
43 Mammillaria spinosissima pico (3″ pot, 6″ high, needs repot)
44 Gymnocalycium andreae MG 1994 (5″ pot)
45 Echinocereus delaetii (5″ pot, needs repot)
46 Leuchtenbergia principis (4″ pot)
47 Chamaecereus hybrid (7″ pot)
48 Mammillaria spinossima pico (31?2″ pot) + Mammillaria sp (4″ pot)
49 Rebutia fiebrigii (6″ bowl) + Rebutia sp (5″ pot)
50 Astrophytum myriostigma (41?2″ pot) + Astrophytum asterias (3″ pot) + Astrophytum capricorne (21?2″ pot, needs repot)
51 Selenicereus sp (8″ pot, plant trained round 2′ high wire frame)
52 Mammillaria laui (51?2″ pot) + Mammillaria saboe (3″ pot)
53 Notocactus magnificus (5″ pot, needs repot)
54 Echinocactus grusonii (7″ pot)
55 Ferocactus electracantha (7″ pot, needs repot)
56 Gymnocalycium carminanthum (5″ pot)
57 Gymnocalycium bruchii (7″ pot, needs repot)
58 Ferocactus glaucescens (10″ bowl, many heads, needs repot)
59 Notocactus leninghausii (8″ bowl, many heads, needs repot)
60 Mammillaria sp (7″ pot, 6 heads, needs repot)
61 Pachycereus pringlei clump? (7″ bowl)
62 Mammillaria carmenae (8″ bowl)
63 Sulcorebutia candiae (9″ bowl)
64 Gymnocalycium baldianum (7″ pot)
65 Stenocactus erectocentrus (6″ pot, 7 heads, needs repot)
66 Neoporteria gerocephala (31?2″ pot) + Neoporteria sp (3″ pot)
67 Copiapoa sp (31?2″ pot) + Copiapoa sp (3″ pot)
68 Neoporteria gerocephala (31?2″ pot) + Neoporteria sp (3″ pot)
69 Copiapoa sp (31?2″ pot) + Copiapoa sp (31?2″ pot)
70 Gymnocalycium uruguayense (8″ pot)
71 Mammillaria plumosa (9″ bowl)
72 Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (3″ pot) + Gymnocalycium piltziorum (31?2″ pot)
73 Gymnocalycium sp (5″ pot, going cristate) + Gymnocalycium schroederianum (41?2″ pot)
74 Cristate – possibly Cleistocactus (7″ bowl, needs repot)
75 Rebutia ‘Celebration’ (8″ pot, needs repot) + Rebutia marsoneri (31?2″ pot)
76 Rebutia muscula (7″ pot) + Rebutia sp (6″ pot)
77 Rebutia sp (51?2″ pot, needs repot) + Rebutia sp (51?2″ pot, needs repot)
78 Sulcorebutia bicolor (31?2″ pot) + Sulcorebutia sp (41?2″ pot)
79 Oroya peruviana (31?2″ pot) + Stenocactus zacatecasensis (31?2″ pot)
80 Pilocereus rosea – 3 seedlings? (41?2″ pot, 8-10″ high)
81 Euphorbia bupleurifolia x suzannae (4″ pot)
82 Copiapoa sp (51?2″ pot) + Gymnocalycium sp (51?2″ pot)
83 Gymnocactus viereckii (21?2″ pot) + Echinopsis sp LAU 400 (3″ pot) + Echinocereus gentryi (2.75″ pot)
84 Notocactus magnificus (5″ pot, 8 heads, needs repot) + Mammillaria bombycina (5″ pot, needs repot)
85 Parwin heater (3KW, about 5 years old)
86 Mammillaria hahniana (10″ bowl, multi-headed)
87 Mammillaria geminispina (14″ bowl)
88 Echeveria ‘Van Keppel’ (14″ bowl)
89 Rebutia ‘Apricot Ice’ (12″ bowl)
90 Notocactus magnificus (14″ bowl)
91 Mammillaria laui dasyacantha (12″ bowl but overpotted)
92 Mammillaria apozolensis saltensis (16″ bowl, many heads)
93 Agave potatorum (9″ pot, one offset)
94 Echinopsis ‘New Dawn Hybrid’ (8″ pot)
95 Notocactus tabularis (71?2″ pot, peach flower)
96 Mammillaria plumosa (14″ bowl)
97 Echinocereus delaetii (8″ pot)
98 Echinopsis ‘New Dawn Hybrid’ (6″ pot)
99 Agave stricta nana (6″ pot)
100 Mammillaria bombycina (14″ bowl)
101 Mammillaria hahniana (6″ pot, needs repot)
102 Mammillaria elongata (8″ pot, brown spines)
103 Opuntia boliviana (8″ pot, needs repot)
104 Gymnocalycium buenekeri hybrid? (5″ bowl)
105 Gymnocalycium buenekeri hybrid? (5″ bowl)
106 Gymnocalycium valnicekianum (10″ bowl, 10 heads, needs repot)
107 Gymnocalycium eytianum (6″ pot)
108 Gymnocalycium marquezii (71?2″ bowl, 9 heads but central head missing)
109 Notocactus roseoluteus (8″ bowl)
110 Mammillaria surculosa (7″ bowl, needs repot)
111 Mammillaria laui dasyacantha (5″ bowl)
112 Mammillaria microhelia (51?2″ pot, 6 heads)
113 Rebutia marsoneri (7″ bowl, many heads)
114 Mammillaria apozolensis saltensis (5″ bowl)
115 Mammillaria haageana (5″ pot)
116 Mammillaria formosa (61?2″ bowl)
117 Stenocactus sp LAU 1377 (5″ bowl)
118 Rebutia ‘Liberty’ (61?2″ bowl, needs repot)
119 Chamaelobivia ‘Lincoln Flame’ (5″ bowl)
120 Parodia aureicentra (5″ bowl)
121 Parodia suprema (5″ bowl)
122 Parodia chrysacanthion (61?2″ bowl, 11″ high)
123 Thelocactus rinconensis (5″ bowl)
124 Acanthocalycium violaceum (61?2″ bowl, 11″ high)
125 Copiapoa streptocaulon marginata (51?2″ pot, 12″ high)
126 Lobivia kieslingii (5″ pot, 12″ high)
127 Lobivia rauschii (9″ bowl, many heads)
128 Tephrocactus microsphaericus (14″ bowl)
129 Rebutia ‘Celebration’ (9″ bowl, many heads, needs repot)
130 Aloe juvenna (8″ bowl)
131 Aloe hemmingii (71?2″ pot)
132 Haworthia venosa tesselata (7″ bowl)
133 Echeveria sanchez-mejoradae (61?2″ bowl)
134 Agave parryi (7″ bowl)
135 BCSS Journals 2000-2009, in BCSS folders
136 Mammillaria (Cactus File Handbook), by John Pilbeam
137 Mammillaria (Cactus File Handbook), by John Pilbeam
138 A Sulco Gallery, by John Pilbeam & David Hunt
139 The Genus Echeveria, by John Pilbeam
140 The Genus Echinocereus, by Nigel Taylor
141 Name That Succulent, by Gordon Rowley
142 Haworthia attenuata (10″ bowl)
143 Hoya sp pink flowers (5″ pot)
144 The Chileans Journal 1-8,10,11,13,16,17,19,21-24,26,28-32,59,60 & 1968 Yearbook
145 Asclepiadaceae/Asklepios 1,3-6,8-31
146 Copiapoa barquitensis (61?2″ bowl) + Copiapoa tenuissima (61?2″ bowl)
147 Ferocactus emoryi (8″ pot)
148 Ferocactus peninsulae (7″ pot)
149 Ferocactus acanthodes (8″ pot)
150 Ferocactus rectispinus (10″ pot)
151 Mammillaria maritima (5″ pot, needs repot)
152 Haworthia venosa tesselata (7″ bowl)
153 Gymnocalycium riograndensis (7″ bowl)

I can’t wait for snow

Cartoon

Cleistocactus flowers at Winterbourne Botanic Garden

September Meeting – Show Bench

The plants on the show bench for our September meeting.

 

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

and a sale plant that was in flower:

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker - stapelia in bloom

Birmingham Branch September Meeting – Interesting Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

This month Stirling Baker “The Prince of Haworthias” braved the rain and traffic to come and show us some of his interesting collection and talk a bit about growing and showing.

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

Stirling grows his Haworthia on the top bench of his greenhouse which is SE facing and gets very little winter light. 40% light shading. Haworthia need a lot of air movement. Waters around the edges or bottom waters. Potting mixture – 1/2 Akadama bonsai soild (baked clay) and 1/2 mix of 1 part heavy pumice, 1 part hard pumice and 1 part soft. Accu? grit for top dressing. No soil at all. Inert mix. Plants are fed with every watering – Chempack for cacti and succulents 4 or 8. Pots were matte rough textured black pots imported from asia.

Haworthias root systems will sometimes push themselves off center. Stirling also removes offsets to maintain attractive single rosettes. Root loss just happens sometimes. Tweeze out dead roots when you repot. Do not simply pot on. Haworthia will respond very quickly to sunlight – changing colour in just 24 hours.

Stirling doesn’t like the notion of ‘true species’ and points out that even tissue culture plants have variation among supposedly identical clones and that many different cultivars are just geographically distant versions of the same species that just don’t have natural opportunities for cross pollination.

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

Most of Stirling’s plants are slow growing. Flowers are removed because of the risk of nectar drops gunging up plants. If a plant looks shriveled – repot it. Floppy leaves mean no water is getting into the plant. It is either getting too much or not enough water and the roots are not taking up moisture. Reroot damaged plants. Stirling uses peat and grit for rooting but not for growing. Summer is the best time for rerooting. Otherwise provide bottom heat.

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

Leaf shine can be used to buff pots for showing. Pay attention to presentation issues when showing on the bench. Deeper the pot the better the drainage. Plants have to have air. Don’t press compost down into the pot. Just tap the side of the pot to settle it in.

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

Pumila/Minima and other hard leaf haworthia can throw offsets on flower stalks if they are bent down.

Lower than 5C in the winter the plants need to be kept very dry. 8C or more you can water in the winter.

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

Tuncata and Maughanii can be propagated from root cuttings. Just pot with the cut end of the root above the top of the soil

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker

September Meeting - Haworthias with Stirling Baker