New York Cactus & Succulent Society

Next meeting: Thursday, October 20, 2016
6 PM - 7:30 PM

Meetings are held at 488 Madison Avenue (near 52nd Street), 19th floor

Flower Show Exhibition Process hosted by George Nicholas

Have you ever considered entering one of the Cactus and Succulent Shows? Have a show plant that you think could be a show stopper in Philadelphia? This October meeting is for you!

George is interested in showing his collection consisting of approximately 50 plants, grown in clay. George has designed his planters by planting species based on how pleasing they look next to each other and the panorama they create. Despite originating from different places of geographic origin and different watering and sun needs, these plants have been able to thrive. George feels that clay planters create a more natural effect and enjoys the added challenge of managing the plantings.

These plantings are 12 years old or older. Over the years, the few plants that have died were replaced and George has managed extensive pruning to keep these plants in check. He also has 18 succulents in individual pots. In keeping with his emphasis on artistic display, all are in clay pots, centered in their pots and placed on windowsills to create an interesting panorama.

Given this emphasis on design, he doesn't have much information on species. He's thinking of entering one or more of the multi-species planters in the next Connecticut show -- but he can't because he lacks identification for the species. He'd like the club members at this meeting to help him identify the species.

Stephanie will discuss the history of the two local flower shows (CT and Philadelphia) and speak about the entry process for anyone considering entering one of their plants in the future.

Guests are always welcomed, and we're always eager to see your plants. Come and hang out. Our Facebook page for the event can be found here.

Please check out our Facebook page regularly as it has a listing of upcoming events and lectures. You do not have to be a facebook member to see the page.We have been posting photos of our trips this summer as well as some of the plants our members have been growing.

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Welcome to the New York Cactus & Succulent Society. The NYCSS is a group of cactus and succulent enthusiasts dedicated to growing and learning about this fascinating and diverse group of plants.

Astrophytum Capricorne

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of September-December and March-June - in other words, every month except for January, February, July and August, at 488 Madison Avenue (near 52nd St), 19th Floor. Meetings cover all aspects of cactus and succulent growing; formats range from talks to slide shows to sessions on repotting techniques. We also make trips to plant shows and sales in and outside of the city and visit members' collections.

Please join us! Prospective new members and guests are always welcome at meetings, and we always love seeing any plants you would like to show off.

Dr. Ivan Black
Richard Stone
Carol Smith
Norman Bobrow
Suzanne Bernard,