Next Monthly Meeting

September 12, 2021

Program: Transitioning Your Plants Into Dormancy

Falling leaves are a harbinger of the changes coming for our plants.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 6776 5973
Passcode: 900328

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

As the days get shorter, plants perceive this, and their metabolism changes. This dormancy for plants is a good thing. It prepares them for the next growing season and the next round of flowers. We need to adjust for this change as much as we needed to adjust for the spring season a few months back.

Our plants have hopefully been growing well through the summer months. Accomplishing this is the biggest advantage you can give plants prior to their dormancy. Summer should energize your plants and make them strong to better handle winter cold and stress.

In preparation, it also helps to know your plants’ natural habitat – the climate they like, the level of cold they tolerate and the watering rations they can endure. The more we know plants’ needs, the better we can prepare for the winter ahead.

For this program, several members will share their winter care tips. Those who specialize in haworthias, sansevierias, euphorbias, etc. will present their experiences and tactics. We’ll also discuss some general winter care topics, such as lighting, watering and pest control. The program will focus more on overwintering plants in the home rather than in greenhouses. Please feel free to jump in and share your thoughts.

After the program, we’ll once again show some of our plants. If you have a blooming plant, one of which you’re proud, one that needs help, etc. This is your time to enjoy the plants of others while sharing your own.

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 –


Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that allows multiple users with higher-speed Internet connections to “meet” via desktop computers and mobile devices. You can automatically download and install the Zoom application or access meetings using an Internet browser. (Click for Windows and MacOS system requirements.)

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)
  • September 12, 2021 – Monthly Meeting (Presentation topic: Transitioning Your Plants Into Dormancy)
  • October 10, 2021 – Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker: Bob Webb, Owner of Arid Lands Greenhouses (Presentation topic: Sansevierias)
  • November 14, 2021 – Monthly Meeting (Presentation topic: TBD)
  • December 12, 2021 – Winter Holiday Gala