Exhibiting cacti & succulents at the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Show

I live in my own little world

My last post was on October 21. It’s been a long three weeks, most of it having to do with gardening.

The big event was October 27-29. I was getting ready for the Fall Show & Sale for the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society.

These shows are heavy on succulents and short on cacti. The main reason for that is because cacti are difficult to move with all their spines & thorns pointing every which way. Not paying attention, not being careful, can result in some serious and painful skin punctures.

My intent was to exhibit a lot of cacti to make sure that the cactus side of the show room was full. I spent the month leading up to the event cleaning and repotting show-worthy cacti.

I was hoping to enter 50 cactus specimens. Ultimately, I only entered 44 exhibits – 31 were in the Cactus category, twelve in the Succulent category, and one in the Dish Garden category. My Dish Garden, though, had five thorny cacti in it; of the twelve in the Succulent category, six had spines; and of the 31 in the Cactus category, one did not have spines. So it’s not always about those pokey pokey things. My intent, though, was to fill up the Cactus category, and I definitely helped do that.

I exhibit in the Advanced class now, and won….
     12 first places,
          9 second places, and
               13 thirds.

Ten of my plants weren’t appreciated by the judges. Sad and depressed those plants are.

My Mammillaria parkinsonii, below, received one of the two Judge’s Choice awards, and tied for second for the People’s Choice award.

Mammillaria parkinsonii, Judge's Choice & People's Choice second place

…..was awarded the Granddaddy of them all, BEST IN SHOW, my Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’.

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' Best In Show

I created a video of all the plants I exhibited in the show, although I didn’t find out about the second place People’s Choice until recently, so although it’s in the video with its Judge’s Choice award, it’s not in the video with its People’s Choice second place.

Here’s the video:

Russel’s 44 exhibits 

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26 thoughts on “Exhibiting cacti & succulents at the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Show

              1. Leya

                Haha – you can forget to water them for weeks, and they still go on shooting stems and flowers. If they hang under a tree during summer – you almost don’t need to do anything at all…if it rains some days. degrees between 15 and 35 C.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      All of them live in their nursery pots until I decide where I want them. Some then go into containers. If the container is to be outside where Mother & Father Nature can cry on them, or the neighbor’s lawn sprinklers can spray over the fence into my yard, the container has a drainage hole. If I control watering 100%, then they go into containers without drainage hole and they get to sit either outside in protected locations (garage window, under the awning, on the catio) or in the house, perhaps even on my wood furniture or wood floors. If they are too big to move here, there, and everywhere, they get planted in the ground.

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