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Find hundreds of succulents, cactuses at this big event

Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society hosts 46th annual show and sale

Hundreds of plants will be offered for sale this weekend during the Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society show and sale.

Hundreds of plants will be offered for sale this weekend during the Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society show and sale. Courtesy Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society

As our temperatures spike into the 90s, it certainly feels like cactus and succulent weather.

So, what better time than to have a show and sale devoted to those plants?

This weekend, May 18 and 19, the Carmichael Cactus and Succulents Society will host its 46th annual show and sale at the Carmichael Clubhouse. Admission and parking are free.

The emphasis is on sale: Find hundreds of beautiful plants, grown by local club members or vendors. Also for sale are handmade pottery and ceramics, designed specifically to grow these unthirsty plants. Books, artwork and refreshments will be available, too.

Club members will display some of their finest cactus and succulent specimens in the show section. See how these often-sculptural plants can develop. Expect to see several plants in bloom. (Look; don’t touch. These plants can be prickly.)

This event also provides a wealth of great information. Get expert advice on how to care for cacti and succulents as well as repotting, fertilization and watering.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Carmichael Clubhouse is located at 5740 Grant Ave., just off Fair Oaks Boulevard, in Carmichael.



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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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