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May meeting: The genus Mammillaria

This month we are looking at cactus plants from the genus Mammillaria – firm favourites amongst cactus growers, and it is their flowering season now – have a look at the fantastic specimen in the Winterbourne Arid House. Our speaker is Tony Roberts, a good friend to the branch and expert grower not only of […]

Starting out? Try this one…

Every year the German cactus society names a ‘cactus of the year‘ – and for 2015 they chose a perfect one for growing on a windowsill at home: Mammillaria zeilmanniana. In fact, you may have been given one – it is known as Mothers’ Day Cactus for it flowers profusely around the German Mother’s Day […]

November meeting: Larger flowering Mammillarias / Chris Davies

Thank you to Chris for his very informative talk on the larger flowering Mammillarias. He gave us details on a large number of species, their habitats, pictures of plants at different locations, in cultivation – and of course some expert advice on growing them in a Birmingham greenhouse. All of the Mamms he mentioned have […]

Bob Stanley’s Mammillarias

It is a little over a year now that Bob Stanley passed away – a Mammillaria specialist who lived in the Birmingham area. Although Bob was not an active member of our branch his father Albert spent many years with us as a very valuable and popular member, also specialising in Mammillarias. Bob Stanley was […]

Visit to Rene Geissler’s collection

Some members of the branch went to see Rene Geissler‘s marvellous collection in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, last weekend. We were made very welcome, the cake was fantastic, and yes, we all bought a few plants off Rene too. It is a great place to visit – see the photos below.

March 2013 Meeting: Out in the Cold and Wet / Stuart Estell

Sorry for the lateness of this write-up – just where has the time gone? Actually, our next branch meeting is not far off now (Andrew Gdaniec will be speaking on 16 April on cactus hunting in Canada). In March, though, we had Stuart Estell reporting on the successes and failures of growing cacti outside in […]