CactusWorldLIVE! – Online talks for November 2021 - next months talks are published just before the end of the month

Please note that this month the talks are on the second and third Tuesday – 9th and 16th November. Please contact the talks team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any suggestions or ideas for talks or speakers.

Please also put 7th December in your diary as this will be our “Ask the Experts” special evening. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about cacti and succulents. You will be able to personally put your questions to our panel of experts on the night. Alternatively, you can send a question through in advance, and we will invite you to ask it on the night or we can read the question out if you prefer. If you wish to put a question forward in advance, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


nov 21

Topic: Karen Ostler – Staging Plants; Tips and Techniques

Time: Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 7:30pm (BST)

Meeting ID: 884 5843 5502

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Karen got her first cactus in 1979 and was quite literally hooked. Since then, she has continued to add to her collection, focusing mainly on cactus. Karen mostly grows Ariocarpus, Gymnocalyciums, Mammillarias and South American Opuntias. She joined the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society in 1985 and is now a member of 5 local Southern California societies and the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Karen is currently Show Chair of the Sunset Succulent Society and serves on the Show Committees of both the C. S. S. A. and the InterCity Shows. She is also a C. S. S. A. certified Judge and has had the pleasure of being judge for multiple shows over the years.

During the years that Karen has been showing plants, she has learnt from the many masters of staging that staging plants for both show and personal pleasure allows the beauty of the plants to reach full potential. There are formulas that can be followed to allow anyone to stage a plant beautifully. This talk focuses on those formulas and techniques and shows examples in what promises to be a beautiful, and informative presentatio


nov2 21

Topic: Attila Kapitany– Australian Succulent Plants – An Introduction

Time: Tuesday 16 November 2021 at 7:30pm (BST)

Meeting ID: 821 6860 3641

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Attila Kapitany is a leading expert on Australian succulents. He has written and co-authored 17 books on cacti and succulents including large tomes on Copiapoa and Echeveria. Nearly 40 years ago, with his brother Jeno, he developed and established several nurseries, both wholesale and retail, that are now Australia’s largest centres for succulent research, development and marketing. He has since left the commercial business to continue and expand what he loves doing the best – promoting the passion for plants to others. For several decades, Attila’s professional and private life has been consumed by the appreciation and promotion of these plants to the collector, the gardener and the general public. He has regularly appeared on television, radio and stages around the country and internationally. In the last 15 years he has become best known for his work with Australian native succulents and other xerophytes including bottle trees and baobabs. Most recently, along with the Australian Government, Attila helped organise a series of postage stamps featuring his favourite plants.

This fascinating talk will showcase the surprising, new, and unusual range of Australian succulents. A fresh approach to conventional attitudes and ideas about the diversity and beauty of Australian flora. Far from being a detailed technical presentation - enjoy a colourful visual tour of lesser known and intriguing Australian native plants, mostly in habitat, some of which are rare and very unusual. With Australia’s natural flora of well over 20,000 species, at least 400 are considered to have a notable degree of succulence. Covering at least one hundred species from forty genera. Many of these plants have never been trialled in collections or gardens before.

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