A CSSA Chapter
St. Louis, Missouri
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The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society holds monthly meetings on Sundays throughout the year at Missouri Botanical Garden facilities in St. Louis. (See specific dates below.) A club picnic is scheduled in September, while the December meeting is a holiday party. Visitors are welcome to attend these informal but informative affairs.
Next Meeting: March 11
Program: Providing the Best Environment for Your Cacti and Succulents
Cacti and succulents are tough and hard to kill, but those who collect them know there are many ways to fail at growing them.
To help members better understand how to keep their plants healthy, the February club meeting program dealt with how to treat pests. From systemic treatments and mitacides to alcohol/water baths and herbal applications, a variety of methods can be used to counter mites, mealybugs and scales.
Beyond pests, the growing environment provided for plants can also greatly affect their well-being. St. Louis' hot, humid summers are challenging to some cacti and succulents. How we water, when we water and how much we water all affect the overall health of our plants.
For March, we will discuss various succulent plant groups and the environments they need to grow optimally. Which plants need strong light? Which need protection from full sun? How much water should be applied, and when? How do various species respond to seasons?
Through our discussion, we will hopefully gain some tips on how to organize and treat our plants to best serve their needs.
Don't forget to renew your HSCSS membership for 2018!
Usual Meeting Locations
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd., just south of I-44
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd. at Kingshighway
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. -- Social hour
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. -- Program
3:00 p.m. -- Business meeting
Upcoming HSCSS Events -- 2018
January 14 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
February 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
March 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Missouri/Botanical Rooms, Missouri Botanical Garden)
April 8 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
May 6 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
June 10 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
June 21-24 -- Mid-States Cactus & Succulent Conference (Drury Inn & Suites)
July 8 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
July 21-22 -- HSCSS Show and Sale (Ridgway Center)
August 12 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
September 9 -- HSCSS Picnic
October 14 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
November 11 -- Monthly Meeting (Room 125, Commerce Bank Education Center)
December 9 -- HSCSS Holiday Party
At typical meetings, guest speakers present varied programs of interest to succulent hobbyists. Hands-on workshops on pruning, potting and dividing are held thoughout the year. Members are encouraged to bring in plants to show off and share their cultivation secrets. Books from the club's library can be requested for pick up at meetings, too.
HSCSS Show and Sale
BIGGEST CACTUS & SUCCULENT SHOW IN THE MIDWEST!
*** 2018 HSCSS SHOW -- JULY 21-22
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
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Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society's main event is its Annual Show and Sale, held each summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. This multiday fund-raising event attracts member exhibitors who bring their best specimens to display and vie for awards. Judges will give out trophies and ribbons for the best entries in over 150 categories. Vendors will supply thousands of starter and specimen plants for sale, too. Click above for other event details.
CSSA 2003 Convention
In June of 2003, the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society hosted a very successful 30th Biennial Cactus and Succulent Society of America Convention. It offered six days of informative programs, cactus sales, tours -- and fun. Click for a full report and photos.
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