Meeting Time/Place

The Sacramento Bromeliad & Carnivorous Plant Society will hold meetings on the 3rd Wednesday, with the exception of the months of December, January and May.

Next meeting: Wednesday, Sep 17, 7:00 PM

Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center
located in McKinley Park at 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, Ca.

Guests and questions are welcome.

Program for September 17, 2014

Variegation in Bromeliads
Presenter: Keith Smith

What are the different types of variegation in bromeliads and why and how does it occur? Does raising and propagating a variegated plant present any unusual challenges? Join Keith Smith as he illustrates his talk with variegated plants from his collection.

Variegation is widespread throughout the plant kingdom. In the broadest sense variegation means a plant with two or more colors, which could apply to a large percentage of bromeliads. The accepted term in horticulture is confined to varieties and cultivars displaying leaf blades with longitudinal stripes of contrasting colors.

Considering the large number of bromeliad species and the fact that slightly over 100 variegated varieties have appeared, variegation occurs very rarely. In most isolated cases these varieties have survived through collecting.

The program will explore variegation, its causes, advantages and disadvantages from the bromeliad collector's perspective. Examples of the types of variegation will be on display.

Speaker: Keith Smith: Keith has been a society member since 1975. He blames Chet Blackburn for introducing him to bromeliads and turning him into an addict (he has failed the bromeliad rehab program numerous times). Chet later added to his problems by organizing the Carnivorous Plant section of the Society and introducing him to another addictive plant material.

He grows his bromeliads, carnivores (and aloes) in a minimally heated 40' X 24' home-built greenhouse in Auburn. He has presented numerous programs to the Sacramento and other Societies and has grown to love variegated plants of every genus, species and hybrid.

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Meeting Dates for 2014

Sep 17
Oct 15
Nov 19

Next Meeting: Oct 15, 2014

Upcoming Events

Shepard Garden & Arts Center Fall Plant & Crafts Sale
Oct 4th & 5th, 10AM - 4PM

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