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Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
 Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society
Meeting in the San Fernando Valley.
Come and Visit (when our meetings resume)

Welcome to the website of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. Our more than  200 members come from throughout the southland and share a passion for cacti and succulents. Throughout the history of LACSS, many of the most prominent researchers, authors, and collectors of the succulent world have been leaders and members of our society. 

Doors open at 6:15 for our monthly meetings including the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. The business meeting starts promptly at 7:20. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Each new visitor receives a free plant!  We hope to see you at a meeting soon!
Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) cultivates the study and enjoyment of cacti and succulent plants through educational programs and activities that promote the hobby within a community of fellow enthusiasts and among the greater public.

LACSS Meetings are first Thursday of the Month 

  August Meeting will be held on-line via zoom

Thursday August 6 at 6:30pm  

Please watch your email for more information!

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​August zoom meeting presentation

Staging -- Bringing Out the Best in Plants!

by Karen Ostler

​As growers of cactus and succulents we love to show off our plants and there is nothing more satisfying than finding the right pot for our plants and that is where staging comes into play. I feel that there are two types of staging; one for our homes and one for Shows sometimes they are the same style, but frequently they are not.  
    My goal is to explain and define the difference between them. The very first thing that must be understood in staging for show is that you want your plant to stand out; for it to be the first thing the judges see as they arrive at the table. Not in a flamboyant way, but setting itself apart from the competition. I tend to describe it as making your plant the one the judges would like to take home with them.
    That said, nothing is going to beat a well grown plant, that is the first requirement and it will look good in anything from a new clean plastic pot to one of the beautiful original one of a kind ceramic pots made by a fabulous potter. I prefer the one of-a-kind, you may not, but no matter what kind of pot you use, my goal is to show you how to make your plant look its absolute best.
Members Info
Needs password
Special Events, By-Laws, etc
Plant of the Month
Plants of the Month 2020


Cactus - Aztekium & Geohintonia

Succulent - Plumeria & Pachypodium from Madagascar
 In my yard
Special Page 
Gardens Worth Visiting
(under construction)
Cactus Chronicle & Plant of the Month Archive
with links to 
past Chronicle issues and POM Library
Current and complete list of all books in our library!
CLICK HERE for library list.

Library items are available to all members in good standing at the meetings.
While the world endures the Covid-19 pandemic, please 
take care of yourselves, take care of your plants,
 and remember that spending time in your garden can provide some much needed tranquility.
For link to fun & informative CSSA presentations from 2015 & 2017 conventions
click on Members Info link below
When that first tiny bump appears, it is a sign of success in starting a new plant from the leaf of an existing plant.
May 15 starting a new plant               making progress June 24                 July 19 doing well
When that first tiny bump gets bigger, and growth happens in a second place, it's wonderful!
Delightful continuing success.
About to move to new home in Santa Cruz, CA