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An Acid Trip for your Plants – Lee Brownson

Basic information about cacti and other succulents– Leo Martin

Drip Irrigation – Leo Martin

Enlarge your collection– Leo Martin

Fall Plant Care – Leo Martin

Fertilizing – Marina Welham

Cactus Surgery – Deborah Korobkin

Helpful Hints – Paul Schueneman

How to Treat a New Plant – Leo Martin

Growing Huernia and Stapeliads – Leo Martin

Growing Primer– Deborah Korobkin

No Greenhouse, No Lath House – Martha Passwater

Plants for Full Sun – Lee Brownson

Shade for Cactus – Tom Gatz

Soils and Pots – Leo Martin

Summer Watering – Tom Gatz

Transplanting Saguaros – Jim Elliott

Turn of the Seasons – Leo Martin

Waiting to Exhale – Tom Gatz

Watering and fertilizing Hints – Lee Tolleson

Watering Cactus -Lewis Steichman

Winter in the Valley of the Sun – Leo Martin

Winter-Growing Mesembs Through the Year – Leo Martin

Wintering Plants – Leo Martin

Winter Protection – Leo Martin


Adenium: On the Dry Side – Tim Chapman

Agave: Bud Marking and Cross Banding – Jim Elliott

Agave Kichi Jokan: An Unsolved Mystery – Tom Gatz

Agave Relatives – Tristan Davis

Agaves: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Tom Gatz

Aloe – Leo Martin

Aloes: Cold Tolerant – Arid Lands

Aloes: CACSS Favorites

Aloinopsis – Leo Martin

Ariocarpus – Leo Martin

Beaucarnea recurvata, the ponytail palm – Leo Martin

Borzicactus and Cleistocactus – Leo Martin

Chollas: Teddy Bear and Chain Fruit– John Alcock

Conophytum – Leo Martin

Cucurbits (Succulent) – Leo Martin

Echinocereus engelmannii – Leo Martin

Echinopsis: Easter Lily Cactus – Leo Martin

Euphorbia – Scott McMahon

Euphorbia: Cold Hardy – Tom Gatz

Euphorbia obesa in the Phoenix Area – Laurence Garvie

Fouquieria – Leo Martin

Frailea: A Cactus Genus for the Space Impaired  – Stan and Joan Skirvin

Gymnocactus – Leo Martin

Gymnocalycium – Leo Martin

Holiday Cactus I – Leo Martin

Holiday Cactus II – Leo Martin

Hoodia – Leo Martin

Huernia and Stapelia – Leo Martin

Lithops – Leo Martin

Lithops in Phoenix – Doug Dawson

Mammillaria – Leo Martin

Mammillaria: Preventing Rot – Leo Martin

Mesembryanthemaceae – James A Robbins

Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum – Laurence Garvie

Mesembs – Leo Martin

Mesembs: Easy for Phoenix – Leo Martin

Mesembs: Growing Throughout the Year – Leo Martin

Miniature Desert Trees – Tom Gatz

Monvillea – Leo Martin

Notocactus and Allies – Leo Martin

Othonna – Leo Martin

Pachycereus weberi: The Monster that Ate Sun City – Jim Elliott

Pilosocereus – Leo Martin

Pterodiscus and Uncarina – Leo Martin

Sansevieria – Sue Hakala

Stapelia and Huernia – Leo Martin

Stapeliads – Leo Martin

Stapeliads: Six That Are Easy– Leo Martin


Agave from Seed – Charlie Merbs

Growing Cacti and Succulents from Seed – Ken Luiten

Joy of Propagating From Seed – Joan Skirvin

Plant Fall Seeds Now – Leo Martin

Rooting Epiphytic Cactus in Arizona – Leo Martin

Stocks for Grafting Cactus – Bob Moulis

Winter-Growing Mesembs – Leo Martin

Winter Rainfall Bulbs from Seed – Leo Martin*

*updated handout from workshop by Leo Martin on September 28, 2013


Agave Snout Weevils – Scott McMahon

Agave Snout Weevils – Tom Gatz

Aphids: Amazons of the Insect World – Sue Hakala

Birds – Leo Martin

Cactus Longhorn Beetles – Sue Hakala

Digger Bees – Sue Hakala

Ladybugs– Sue Hakala

Mealybugs – Sue Hakala

Mealybug War – Judy Johnson

Spider Mites – Sue Hakala

Stinkbugs – Sue Hakala

Frost Damage 2004 – Jim Elliott

Frost on Cactus – Kent Newland

Fungal Infections of Cacti – Lee Brownson

Rot Prevention on Mammillaria– Leo Martin

White Scale on Opuntia – Muriel Beroza

Bob Torrest, a long time CACSS member, wrote a series of articles from May, 2005 to July 2008 called Around My (Or Your) Desert Garden. These articles were originally published in our monthly newsletter The Central Spine.

Bob has an extensive cactus and succulent collection in his over one-acre property in the Valley of the Sun.


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