• Succulent Cupcakes available at Vetplantfees

    Something new and VERY succulent. Nereen Saayman, is creating Succulent Cupcakes. Her designs are so realistic that we have had some of the members of our society refuse to eat them. They will be available at Vetplantfees 2018 for R20 per cake. Nereeen is making 200 of these beauties and allowing our local preschool Die […]

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  • Workshop – Succulent Plant Propagation

    New at Vetplantfees 2018, a dedicated workshop to teach you how propagate succulents from seed or cuttings. Offered by Yvonne Hemenway, one of the founders of the Vetplantfees, the workshop is a hands-on experience for the novice or more experience gardener with lots of tips and tricks.

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  • Workshop – Container Gardening with Succulents

    New at Vetplantfees 2018, a dedicated workshop to teach you how to best approach gardening with succulents in containers. Offered by Alison James, the workshop is a hands-on experience for the novice or more experience gardener with lots of tips and tricks.  

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  • Bookings Open – Veld Walks – Vetplantfees 2018

    Trained Cape Nature guides will escort small groups of enthusiast on a 90-minute walk to Calitzdorp’s famous Jakkalskop where dozens of succulent plant varieties will be in flower. It is an experience not to be missed and have proven to be very popular with festivalgoers. DATES & TIMES Vetplantfees – Veld Walk – 22 Sept […]

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  • Plant of the Month – May 2018

            Aloe suprafoliata Aloe suprafoliata (Pole-Evans 1916) (Book Aloe, Mustache Aloe, Boekaalwyn) Aloe suprafoliata is a stemless or short-stemmed Aloe, unique in that its growth habit changes as it ages. For a long period of time during this plants juvenile phase the leaves of the plant are distichous or stacked in two […]

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  • Plant of the Month – Apr 2018

    Faucaria tigrina Faucaria tigrina (Haworth 1789) (Tiger Jaws, Shark Jaws, Tierbekvygie) The first documented discovery of Faucaria tigrina was during an expedition in 1789 by Francis Masson, who was sent to the Cape by the King of England to collect plants for Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. The specimens of F. tigrina were sent to Adrian […]

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  • Flowering Right Now – March 2018

    Check out these beauties we found flowering in the Klein Karoo in the last couple of days. Remember to keep your eyes open and your cameras handy and send us pictures of the succulents you find in bloom in your area.

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  • Plant of the Month – Mar 2018

    Euphorbia gamkensis (Marx 1999) Calitzdorp Euphorbia Our own Calitzdorp Euphorbia. Euphorbis gamkensis grows a large, more or less cylindrical underground caudex that may exceed 6 cm in diameter. Above-ground, a few rows of outwardly pointing thick, succulent stems grow on the often flat green top of the caudex. The outer row of stems are the […]

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  • Surviving in times of drought. How plants do it?

      Text: Luise Granig This article appeared in the February 2018 Newsletter of the Johannesburg Succulent Society and are reprinted with their permission. I can imagine that most of us have asked that question when we’ve visited a region that is as dry as anything. Somehow, miraculously, the plants survive. Ok, they don’t grow fast. […]

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  • Flowering Right Now – February 2018

    Buck Hemenway, Chairman of the Calitzdorp Succulent Society, shared some pictures of the succulents currently flowering in the Hemenways’ garden. These are indigenous to South Africa and while they are obviously happy to bloom in mid-summer in the garden, they are not necessarily all considered summer blooming plants. The Adenium comes from Mpumalanga which is […]

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