Next Monthly Meeting

May 2, 2021

Program: Joe Stead – Vegetative Propagation of Succulent Plants

Joe Stead hugs a boojum in Baja California, March 2017.

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Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973
Passcode: 900328

Social time at 1:00 p.m., program at 2:00 p.m.

To grow plants is very rewarding, but to propagate them really takes our hobby to the next level. In this month’s program, California horticulturist Joe Stead will focus on all aspects of propagation, including methods, tools and (most importantly) tips. He has propagated a vast array of succulent material and will share examples of his successes over many years of practice.

Stead has presented programs for CSSA as well as many other cactus and succulent organizations. He is also a hybridizer, with his most popular creation being Fouquieria “Pink Instead,” the result of crossing F. purpusii and F. macdougalii. The pink-flowered hybrid was offered by the Huntington soon after its creation in 2010.

Stead believes that everyone who grows plants should learn to propagate them. His goal is to inspire you to try. Please tune in and, hopefully, inspiration will follow.

About Joe Stead

Joe Stead is a full-time horticulture coordinator and part-time instructor in the Horticulture Department at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif. He has worked at the college since 1994. His passion and expertise are in the propagation and hybridization of many types of plants. He teaches an eight-week course on the use of cactus and succulents in landscaping. His students helped install the Orange Coast Succulent Garden on campus.

Stead has co-authored various articles published in the CSSA journal. His succulent garden design was the feature of an article in Sunset magazine. He is currently working on many new hybrids of Boswellia. Joe and his wife, Liann, live in Tustin, Calif.

For regular programs, please contact Susan Carpentier ( or Ralph Olliges ( in advance of the meeting if you would like to get on the list to show video or photos, and talk about your plants.

Several e-mail message reminders will be distributed before the meeting, as well as messages that include a link to Zoom and the meeting ID. Zoom meeting information is also provided under the program title above and in the Digest newsletter.

If you need additional help or would like to practice using Zoom, please contact one of the following members well before the meeting:

Susan Carpentier –
Nikki Murdick –
Marge Williams –


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The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download at

Remote Viewing Etiquette


1. Please toggle audio and video OFF while watching to preserve bandwidth integrity.

2. When showing plant video, try to use strong front light and control camera shake, which causes images to pixelate. Use “Share Screen” to show picture files on your computer. This is not for video.

3. Use “Chat” to ask questions.

The program starts at 2:00 p.m., but Susan Carpentier will typically be on the Zoom meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Non-COVID Meeting Locations & Times

Missouri Botanical Garden
Ridgway Center
4344 Shaw Blvd., just south of I-44

Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
4651 Shaw Blvd. at Kingshighway
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
1:00-1:45 p.m. – Social hour
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Show and tell
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Program
3:00-3:15 p.m. – Break
3:15-4:00 p.m. – Business meeting

Upcoming HSCSS Events

  • January 10, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Tom Glavich
  • February 14, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Leo Chance will discuss creating and maintaining a cold-hardy cacti and succulent garden.
  • March 14, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Dan Mahr (Presentation topic: Kenya)
  • April 11, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – HSCSS member Bob Williams will make a presentation on the Galapagos Islands.
  • May 2, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Joe Stead (Presentation topic: Succulent propagation)
  • June 13, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: John Trager (Presentation topic: Namibia)
  • July 10, 2021 – Special Members-Only Event
  • August 8, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Judy Pigue (Presentation topic: Basics of growing cacti and succulents)