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

Growing and Propagating Hardy Aloes

The UC Davis Botanical Conservatory and Ernesto Sandoval have been experimenting with a greater diversity of aloes here in Northern California. Ernesto would like to share his experience with growing and propagating Aloes beyond some of the common species such as A. comosa, melanacantha, peglerae, hereroensis and other cool/wet tolerant species.

He will touch on the more and less available Aloes.  Although his talk is focused for Northern California conditions, his program will include those that are less suitable for our climate and more suitable for Southern California or parts of the Bay Area.  As always, he will bring a selection of uncommon succulents, Aloes, and other plants for your collections and gardens and to help the Botanical Conservatory’s programs.

Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why plants grow and look the way that they do for a long time.  Now he explains and interprets the world of plants to a variety of ages and experiences from K-12 to professionals and Master Gardeners. He regularly lectures to a variety of western Garden Clubs throughout the year and particularly to Succulent Clubs throughout the State and elsewhere since that group of plants is his particular passion within his general passion for plants.  He describes himself as a "Jose of All Plants, Master of None."  Ernesto thoroughly enjoys helping others, and gardeners in particular, to understand why and how plants do what they do.

Cactus:         Advanced • Novice  
Your oldest cacti
Succulents:         Advanced • Novice  
Winter Growers
Something Special:         Advanced • Novice  
Aloes (or your choice)
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  
What's the plant that got you started with cacti or succulents?

The meeting will be held in the Meeting Hall


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