From the Digest

From the Digest

Each monthly issue of the Henry Shaw Cactus Digest includes club updates, columns and articles by members on their favorite aspects of cactus and succulent culture. Digest Editor Jolie Krupnik and various club contributors always provide plenty of plant material to ponder.

Follow the links to right to view a sample copy of the Digest or read individual articles. Join HSCSS to receive every newsletter in print and/or electronic form.

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Keeping the Pieces

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By Joe Merkelbach – The HSCSS connection with the Missouri Botanical Garden makes us aware of the many ways that plant conservatories and gardens are very important in keeping plant species alive all over the earth. The recent promise of a restored show house for desert plants is a thrilling prospect for all our …

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Great Plants, More at 2011 Show

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By Barbara Rengers – Wow! The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society pulled it off again. The Orthwein Hall at Missouri Botanical Garden was once again transformed into a cactus and succulent lovers delight for the 2011 HSCSS Show and Sale. The tables, as usual, were filled with the best of each exhibitor’s collection. …

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Bring Them Back Alive

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By Joe Merkelbach – It is interesting to me that the hot spot of cactus and succulent collection actually seems to be in Europe. The age of exploration was aimed at bringing plants of economic value back to the continent. Spices of high value were a primary reason for the beginnings of exploration. As the ability to bring …

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Cactus Pointers

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By Joe Merkelbach – Everyone knows that cactus plants have sharp spines. But actually, not all species do, but spines are a true and defining scientific characteristic for the family. Less well recognized is why cacti have spines and how they benefit the plants. To understand the why of spines, a good approach is to go …

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Cactus in the Cold

By Joe Merkelbach – We tend to think of cacti and succulents as plants that require heat and aridity to thrive. There is enough fact there for it to be generally true, but there are succulents that require lots of water in their growth periods and many cacti that tolerate temperatures below freezing while conserving …

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Memories of Steve Young

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By Joseph Robertson – I can remember when Steve had just a few plants. But I knew that Steve had an interest in plants and nature. So, one day, while Steve was at work, I dug the first garden at the house. Steve loved it and our shared love for plants and gardening began. Then Steve’s brother Dave gave us an echinopsis …

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Dorothy Weitz Remembered

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By Barbara Rengers – Henry Shaw Cactus Society has lost a great mentor and friend. Dorothy Weitz, honorary member of HSCSS, passed away on October 7, 2010, at the age of 97. All members of HSCSS have been touched in some way by this wonderful woman. Even if you were not fortunate enough to know her in …

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Dish Garden Basics

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By Dorothy Weitz – There are many types of dish gardens, for which all the same principles of construction are followed. The most important factors to consider are the plan or theme, proportion of plants to container, and proportion of decoration to the plants. A large container does not necessarily have to be planted …

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