Hello and welcome to the website of the Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society. We meet every third Wednesday at the Franklin Park Conservatory located at 1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio (We usually meet in one of the Conservatory's classrooms on the ground floor). Occasionally, our meetings are held at other localities, so please double check our monthly schedule for details. Our meetings are open to the public, so we invite anyone who is interested in learning more about growing cacti and other succulents to participate.
We are an affiliate member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, an organization devoted to the appretiation, cultivaltion and conservation of Cacti and other succulent plants.
Cactus and other succulents are amongst the most distinctive and iconic of all plants. They are adapted to conditions which may range from periodic to extreme drought. The ability of some species to survive long periods of drought is legendary, with a few species being capable of surviving several years without measureable rain. The stems, leaves and roots of these plants have been modified to store moisture, and as a result, many species take on very distinctive, often sculptural appearance. Many species produce large, brightly colored flowers. Other plants are adapted to attract very specific pollinators, and these plants may produce oddly colored, strangely shaped flowers which are as complex and interesting as any orchid.
Most of the cactus and other succulents are forgiving, easy to grow, and tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. Most plants are resistant to insect pests. And of course, they won’t mind if you forget to water them from time to time.
Our meetings are open to the public, so we invite anyone who is interested in learning more about growing cacti and other succulents to join us.
If you have any additional questions or require additional information on upcoming meetings and events, you may contact Bruce Brethauer, or Harry Gate
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