Fresno Cactus and Succulent Society

IN-PERSON MEETING: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)

"Propagation: From seeds to stem, and everything in between"
Presented by Robert Scott

It always seems that after we get our first plant, we start wanting more and more. We find ourselves checking out local garden centers and plant sales to find more plants to add to our collections. Soon after, we get the crazy idea of trying our hands at propagating. Luckily for us, cactus and succulents can be propagated in many ways. However, this doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do. In my upcoming presentation I’ll be discussing the most effective ways you can propagate your plants. From leaf and stem cuttings, to division, we will cover it all. I’ll even get into how you can make your own seeds to create hybrids! There are so many ways to propagate but, like anything, there are rules to follow. Join me as we explore all the ways to propagate the plants we love!

I first joined FCSS 9 years ago and boy has it been an adventure. I became active in the Club very quickly, becoming a member of the Board and then Treasurer. I’ve also served as the Sale Chair for the last 5 years, where I am responsible for planning and running all the Club’s plant sales. Then 2 years ago I got roped in, I mean “asked to run” for President. I never thought I would be the one to lead the Club, let alone through a pandemic, but here we are. There have been struggles for sure. We had steep learning curves with Zoom and holding online events, but through it all we’ve managed to keep ourselves going. It’s all been crazy and overwhelming, but overall, everything seems to have worked out fairly well. Something that certainly helped me during the pandemic was growing plants. I started growing vegetables at a young age with my grandma, who I credit with bestowing upon me green thumbs and toes. I wanted to grow everything I could, and I certainly tried! Through the years I got into water plants, orchids, house plants, air plants, carnivorous, bulbs, and everything else that could be grown. Some say I may have a bit of a problem. I started growing cactus as a food source for my pet tortoises, but once I learned of all the cool shapes, colors, and sizes of cactus and succulents I was hooked. I earned my bachelor’s in Plant Health from Fresno State and have since become an Agriculture Inspector for Fresno County. I really find plants fascinating. How they grow, deal with disease, and adapt, it’s all just so interesting! I decided to take my obsession to the next level and started my own cactus and succulent nursery a few years back. It was a long labor of love, but I’m glad I stuck with it. My most recent efforts have seen the website go live for online sales! To say it keeps me busy is an understatement, but I enjoy every moment of it.