Connecticut Cactus & Succulent Society

CCSS book list

The CCSS maintains a library of new and gently used books for sale to members, which can be accessed at this link. You can navigate between different categories by clicking on the tabs at the bottom left of the sheet. Orders must be picked up in-person.

Seed library

Free cactus and succulent seeds for members! See this link for details. Seed donations always welcome.

CCSS's favorite potting mix

By David Schultz

A frequent question that is asked by members, new and more practiced, and visitors to our show and sale is “What soil do I use?” There is no ONE answer; Every member has a slightly different mix and sometimes slightly different mixes for different plants. The MOST IMPORTANT factor is DRAINAGE and above all, the various choices of grit, pumice and expanded shale work toward that goal. If you have a soil mix already and are concerned if it will work, you can test it by taking a handful of the mix, wetting it thoroughly holding it in your hand and forming a “mudball”. Opening your hand, the ball should fall completely apart. If it does not fully collapse, it probably needs more drainage material added.

The recipe for the soil mix that the CCSS has used and offered in the past is, on the whole, rather simple, consisting of 3 different materials. The term “parts” below refers to any container or scoop you choose to add the components. I usually use a 5-gal bucket to mix it up in and the “part” container is a sour cream container.

Stir, shake and mix all of the components thoroughly. A container with a lid that is secure is most helpful for the mixing. For much larger quantities, a clean concrete mixer is also very handy, although out of the scale for most of us. The 5-gal bucket is often available with the lid and cleaning a sheetrock joint compound bucket works well. 


Cactus & Succulent Stores

Local CT Nurseries

Acer Gardens, 447 Winthrop Rd., Deep River CT

Ballek's Garden Center, 91 Maple Ave., East Haddam CT

Logee's, 141 North St., Danielson CT

Shakespeare's Garden, 25 Obtuse Rd. S., Brookfield CT

Woodland Gardens, 168 Woodland St., Manchester CT

Online and Mail Order Nurseries

Arid Lands Greenhouses, Tuscon AZ

Artisan Plants, online only

Botanic Wonders, Vista CA

C and D Plants, online only

Cold Hardy Cactus, Lakewood CO

East Austin Succulents, Austin TX

Glasshouse Works, online only

Grigsby Cactus Gardens, Vista CA

Intermountain Cactus, Kaysville UT

International Succulent Introductions, online only

Kyle's Plants, online only

Mesa Garden, online only

Miles' To Go, Cortaro AZ

Mountain Crest Gardens, Fort Jones CA

Renny's Haworthia, online only

Telos Rare Bulbs, online only

Cactus & Succulent Society Affiliates

Cactus and Succulent Society of America

C&S Society of Massachusetts 

Lower East Side C&S Society

New York C&S Society

Philadelphia C&S Society