Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico


Cactus & Succulent Society of New Mexico is an affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.

Meeting Info: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, usually on the 3rd Wednesday, at 7:00 pm.  Check Upcoming Events below for information on the next meeting. 
Note the change from Friday to Wednesday!

President: Matthew-Ryan Morrell
Webmaster: Ralph R. Peters

To contact the CSSNM via email, please use this address:

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Upcoming Events
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - Regular meeting.  We will continue planning for the Spring Show & Sale in April.
Note that this is a week later than usual due to a conflict at the Garden Center!
Horticultural Discussion!
Our program will be a free-for-all question and answer session about growing cacti and succulents.  
Topics include pest control, fertilizer, watering issues, outdoor gardens, cold frames, window sill growing, soil mixes, etc....
Bring your tired, unhappy and/or unidentified plants to the meeting.
Panelists include Steven Brack, Ralph Peters, Rob Romero, & Greg Smith (and others)

Note: The gate to the parking lot on the East side of the Albuquerque Garden Center building will be locked.  It requires a 4 digit code to open.  Members receive the gate code (which has not changed in years) in the email meeting announcement.  Visitors can request it via email.  OR, you can come in the main entrance on the South side of the building.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - We will finish planning for the Spring Show & Sale in April.
Adam Harrower from Cape Town will give a talk about South African succulents and perhaps a bit about Kirstenbosch, one of the premier botanical gardens in the world.
Karel DuToit of Pillansii Tours (tours of South Africa and Namibia) will also be at the meeting.

Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2024 - Spring Show and Sale at the Albuquerque Garden Center. 
We will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday.  Admission is free!
The show will display several hundred plants including some of the finest specimens from many different private collections in our region, including our society's members. 
The sale brings in vendors, from various places, and provides a wide variety of cacti and other succulent plants for purchase.  They range from bargain starter plants to spectacular specimens.  An additional special feature of the sale is a selection of locally grown, hardy species for the yard---at least in Albuquerque and sometimes further north.
Pictures of past events may be found at this link.

Saturday, early May 2024 - Date to be determined....  We will visit several member's gardens to see cacti and succulents growing and flowering outside.

Video presentations!
Videos of some recent presentations may be found on YouTube!  In January 2024, Gretchen Ward talked about Christmas and Easter cacti, their variation, and how to grow them to make lots of flowers.  In November 2023, Dave Ferguson presented the "Dry Fruited Prickly Pears of New Mexico".  In August 2023, Steven Brack talked about The cacti, rock garden plants and volcanoes of Neuquen in Argentina.  In June 2023, Elliott Gordon talked about insect pollinators.  In March 2023, Jeff Thompson from Pueblo, CO talked about making hybrids with Echinocereus.  In January 2023, Steven Brack  talked about "Adventures in Hardy Cacti and Succulents".

Information about plants
Plant information may be found here.  Checkout the article on potting soils which lists recipes from several members.  Collecting wild plants is generally discouraged -- see why!  Siegfried Lodwig has written 2 articles (text and pictures) on growing cacti from seeds and growing/transplanting the seedlings.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of America's e-newsletter "To The Point" has articles about plant cultivation, individual societies, and other interesting stories.

Checkout picture galleries of flowering cacti and succulents courtesy of Siegfried Lodwig. 

Useful links for information on the web may be found here.  Check out the blog from Australia.

Club Information
Club information including hybrid meeting information, membership application, new member information, current officers, a library list, show information, show tags, show posters and vendor information... 

You can apply for membership or renew it online.  CSSNM uses PayPal to pay the annual fee.

What does the society do?  Get an idea from a list of recent events.