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Next Meeting

Sunday June 15th 2014 at 2:00pm:

Slide Presentation


Preparing for TOPSS by Steve Casebolt

June's meeting will take us through our members' collections via a slide presentation by Steve Casebolt who will be filling in for the working Karen Summers.

form Steve's collection

Steve will also provide information on Preparing Plants for Sale at The Odd Plant Show & Sale in September. It's the right time to start potting up your plants and determining what you will seel. Steve will also show slides of what makes for a good presentation as well as demonstrate preparation.

Display by Adrian Saunders for the 2013 TOPSS




Succulent of the Month

will be presented by Dale Bauer

My interest in this all started when I bought a Plectranthus ernstii that Peter Liekkio had brought to TOPPS a number of years ago. The plant is wonderfully easy to grow, and I have given new starts from that original plant to lots of friends. More details in the June meeting.

(Flower photo: South Africa National Biodiversity Institute)

Cactus of the Month

Cactus of the Month for June,
will be presented by Steve Casebolt

Mammillaria prolifers (photo John Schaefer)

M. prolifera is easy to grow and popular with collectors for its fine spination and the ability to produce abundant fruits and flowers at the same time. A single plant can fill a shallow pan within a few years. Individual heads are about 4.5 cm wide. The small flowers are creamy or pinkish yellow with a brown stripe. Fruits are red with black seeds. Central spines are straight with colors ranging from white to yellow or reddish and sometimes have dark tips. Radial spines are generally white and can be straight or curved.
Three subspecies are recognized. The type species subsp prolifera is from locations like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Port au Prince, Haiti. The most abundant subspecies, texana ranges from Texas along the Rio Grand down the Gulf Coast into a number of Mexican states. A small bodied form from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Hidalgo, subsp. arachnoidea has extremely fine spider web like spines.
Culture is typical of most cacti: sunny location, well drained substrate, dry between waterings, winter rest, and systemic pesticide to protect against mealy bugs.
Information from The Cactus File Handbook 6: Mammillaria by John Pilbeam.


Future Meetings

July 19th: Club Summer Potluck Picnic: Vancouver, Canada

further details from Sondra Shira shirasondi@gmail.com.

August 17th: Visit to Member Steve Casebolt's collection

**September 13th/14th: TOPSS Sale at Sky Nursery **Note New Date!**

October 19th: Visit to Member Dixon Blackmer's collection

November 16th: Mammilaria by Dixon Blackmer

December 21st: CSS Potluck Holiday Party (location TBA)



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