Aldersgate Garden Club hears program on care, use of succulent plants

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Posted 3/19/17

The Aldersgate Garden Club held its February Meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Cynthia Humes was hostess for the meeting with 11 members in attendance. Kay Cox, president, called the …

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Aldersgate Garden Club hears program on care, use of succulent plants

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The Aldersgate Garden Club held its February Meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Cynthia Humes was hostess for the meeting with 11 members in attendance. Kay Cox, president, called the meeting to order. Sheryl Gash, chaplain, gave the devotion titled “God Loves Me,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Cox turned the meeting over to the hostess, who presented an informative and hands-on program on “Care and Use of Succulent Plants.” Succulents are a group of plants that store water in their leaves. They thrive in dry climates and don’t like a lot of humidity. Succulents do not need water to survive and can endure extended periods of drought relying on the stored water and nutrients in their leaves. If their roots sit in water too long, they will start to rot and die. Most succulents prefer warm temperatures and are not able to withstand freezing.

Humes told the members that in caring for succulents, most varieties need at least half a day to a full day of sunlight. When planting them, remove plants from their pots and plant, making sure the soil remains the same depth on the plant. They need good draining soil. The container you are planting in should have a drainage hole, or put crushed rock on the bottom before you plant. After planting, water it well and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Most need very little fertilizer. Watering with a well-balanced fertilizer once a month will be all they need. Succulents make beautiful rock garden plants and other uses.

Humes closed her presentation and gave members an opportunity to make their own succulent terrarium. Supplies needed for this hands-on activity included a vase or jar with large opening, small stones, pebbles or gravel for drainage, soil, preferably potting mix, and succulent plants and sand colors of your choice. All supplies, except the vase, were provided by the hostess.

Cox opened the business session after refreshments. The secretary’s report was read by Billie Blair, assistant secretary, and the financial report by Jackie Westfield, assistant treasurer.

Cox reminded the members of the Day of Gardening at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in East Ridge. Lelia Johnson, Charlotte Scott and Cox have plans to attend. The District III Spring Membership Meeting was held March 9.

Members are asked to make a monetary donation to help replant trees lost in the Gatlinburg wildfire to be sent to the Tennessee Federation of Garden Club’s Natural Disaster Chairman.

The TFGC 90th annual convention will be held at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, April 19-20. The theme for the Convention is, “It’s Springtime In the Smokies.” Cox encouraged members to attend these events.

Thanks was turned to the hostess by Edwina Robinson.

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