Cactus Courier
Newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose

Staging and Showing Plants

Showing plants gives one an opportunity to share with other collectors their special plants. Everyone learns from the experience both about their own plants and other peoples plants. One can become creative and come up with clever artistic ideas on how to stage and show off their plants and share their artistic abilities. The process of showing plants at a show and sale should be a fun experience and a direct hands on way to participate in the hobby. - Bill Munkacsy

Topics to be discussed

  1. Artistic choices in choosing a pot (accentuate the plant not overwhelm the plant)
  2. When a plant should be repotted
  3. How a plant should be repotted
  4. Looking for disease and rot during repotting
  5. Demonstration of a repot
  6. Soil mixes
  7. Watering (especially a repotted plant)
  8. Choosing a plant to show
  9. What judges are looking for and the judging process

Cactus:         Advanced • Novice  
Grafted or Crested Cacti
Succulents:         Advanced • Novice  
Crested Succulents
Something Special:         Advanced • Novice  
Getting ready for the Show! (Bring your staged plants in for a friendly critique) (or your choice)
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  
The plants that got you interested in the hobby

Note that the meeting will be in the Meeting Hall this month
and not in the Multi-Cultural building.

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