Thursday, October 5, 2017 Program
LACSS meeting begins at 7:00 PM .
The Sepulveda Garden Center will open for set-up
at 6:15 pm
Speaker September Program: Keith Taylor
Topic: Winter growing succulents
Keith Taylor will discuss succulents that are summer dormant or winter growers, talking about care, exposures and extremes. Most think winter are an off season when it comes toC&S and by expanding your knowledge of these plants will encourage you to grow something of interest year round. Keith will also bring in specimens from his collection to share, as well as have pottery available for purchase
Keith Taylor began collecting caudiciform succulents in 1991 which began after seeing a large Cyphostemma juttae in the ground at a local botanical garden. "I was drawn to size and grotesque shape of the trunk". The Cyphostemma he saw is also the 1st succulent he purchased and still in his collection of more than 800 plants. Keith prefers his succulents to look like habitat specimens rather than cultivated plants. He grows them hard, meaning limited water, little to no feeding and hot sun to give them the look of collected plants.
His favorites include Cyphostemma, Fockea, Fouquieria, Pachypodium, Pachycormus, Tylecodon, Othonna, Pelargonium, Mesembs and Euphorbia. Roughly 5% of his collection is tuberous rooted cacti, Lophophora, Peniocereus, Turbinicarpus, Mammillaria, Leuchtenbergia and Ariocarpus.
In 2008, Keith began creating pots to show off his plants. He believes the pot should compliment, not distract. The main focus should be the succulent. If the pot is too ornate, colorful, or shiny, it draws your eye toward the pot rather than the succulent. Also proportion plays a roll. The container needs to be the right width and depth to look balanced. For example, if the succulent is placed in the center of the container surrounded by colorful stones it will look artificial and awkward. Rocks and topdressing add to complete the presentation. His pottery is sought after by C&S collectors as well as bonsai artists due to the natural look of the containers
Keith has always had the "eye" for what looked good. Whether it's in his profession as a Pedorthist (design and manufacture of footwear for medical purposes), photographer, cook or potter. Has also served as President of the Cactus and Succulent Society of Sacramento for 7yrs
October Plants of the Month
Cacti: Grafted Cactus
Succulents: Grafted Succulent