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Spring Newsletter

In This Issue

- President's Message
- Upcoming Events
- Recap from Winter Meeting
- June 6 Show & Sale 
- Box Swap Thank you!
- CA Club websites
- ICPS Conference 2020
- Membership Dues - Paypal button 

These are certainly extraordinary times and as of this writing events and recommendations on staying healthy and not spreading the Coronavirus are changing almost hourly. At this moment we are going to go ahead and plan the spring meeting with the assumption that it might be canceled.  If we are able to hold the meeting on April 18th, everyone will be asked to take the appropriate precautions, which may include not attending if you are in a higher risk group.

The Annual Show & Sale is a long ways off and there is no way we can foresee what the environment will be. Right now I think and hope it will not be impacted.

For now, everyone stay safe and let's keep in contact on the BACPS Facebook page. I think that everyone will enjoy seeing your spring plants, exchange greetings and set up trades for the next time we all get together.

Hope you are all healthy and safe!

Upcoming Events

Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 18, 2020
12pm - 4pm
Regan's Nursery
4268 Decoto Rd. 
Fremont, CA 94536
** Bring a folding chair or 2!

Bug Day at the Randall Museum
April 25, 2020
10am - 2pm
199 Museum Way, SF 94114

BACPS Show & Sale
Saturday, June 6, 2020
12pm - 4pm
Lakeside Garden Park Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, 94610
Maggie Chen, with Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts spoke at our February 15, 2020 meeting at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. She has over 200 venus fly trap cultivars and gave us growing tips highlighting what conditions give her the best success in Southern California.
  1. Light - 4 hours direct. 12 hour photoperiod

  2. Location - Facing South, East, or West. As high as 90F. 

  3. Water - Roots can be wet, but not rhizomes. TDS <20, 6-8” pot ideally

  4. Media - LFS ⅔, perlite or pumice ⅓, wrap rhizome in LFS, place in hole in perlite/LFS/peat mix. Bottom 2” is LFS

  5. Heat - 40-95 F, over 90F, put a shade cloth up

  6. Container - plastic and white to deflect heat, plant at least 2” from side of pot

Dormancy - Oct, Nov, Dec. Cut dead leaves and anything black off.
If you plant rhizomes 1" apart, they will stress enough to make more rhizomes.

All the beautiful pictures of Venus Fly Traps in this newsletter were shared by Maggie during her presentation. She also posted the pictures on our Facebook page. 
BACPS Show & Sale
June 6, 2020
Lakeside Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

Start preparing your plants for the show! The plants will be judged on horticultural excellence and presentation. It is a great way to show off your plants and potentially win a gift card to get even more plants! We are also looking for volunteers to help make the show and sale run smoothly.

If you signed up to volunteer at the last meeting, would you please send us an email at Please use this link to sign up

Are you interested in selling plants at the show? 

Vendor Requirements 

  • Provide two plants for non-judged Display area. 

  • Provide a minimum of two plants for raffle (vendor’s choice). 

  • We ask that vendors consider entering plants into the show in the Vendors Only category. 

  • Hobby and BACPS Member Hobby Vendors only: tables can be shared by hobby vendors, but these arrangements must be made by sharing parties.  BACPS will not coordinate splitting of tables.

 Vendor Fees 

Pro Vendors (>$5000/yr in sales) 

  • Fees (early bird discount): first table $125, additional tables $100 

  • Fees (after April 29, 2020): first table $150, additional tables $100  

Hobby Vendors (<$5000/yr in sales, non-BACPS member) 

  • Fees (early bird discount): first table $100, additional tables $75 

  • Fees (after April 29, 2020): first table $125, additional tables $75  

BACPS Member Hobby Vendors (<$5000/yr in sales, 2020 dues must be paid) 

  • Fees (early bird discount): first table $75, additional tables $50 

  • Fees (after April 29, 2020): first table $100, additional tables $50 

 Reservations Deadline 

  • To reserve tables, please contact James Fong (BACPS Vice President) via email at by April 4, 2020. Reservations must be made by this deadline to meet Lakeside Park Garden Center requirements. 

  • Include the number of tables desired and indicate whether you are a Pro, Hobby Vendor, or BACPS Member Hobby Vendor. 

Box Swap Thank you!

Thank you to the following people for donating plants to Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts:

Allan Cabrero
Cara Ching
Chuck Rambo
Curtis Tom
Doris Quick
Gary Dughi
James Fong
Michael Kong
Stephen Davis
Tuan Nguyen
Wesley Golangco
Click here for information on the Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Society. Or, you can email the President, Ron Nies 
They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

Click here for information on the Southern California Carnivorous Plant Enthusiasts 
Their next meeting is May 2, 2020 from 1-4pm
6131 Orangethorpe Ave #116, Buena Park, CA 90620
ICPS Conference 2020
Next year's ICPS Conference is scheduled for May 22-24, 2020 in Himeji, Japan.
For more information, visit here. Click here for the conference schedule.
Membership Dues

Thank you to those who recently tried out our new paypal button! It's easy! And it doesn't require exact change!
According to the bylaws, the dues are $12 per calendar year (prorated to $6 from July-Dec). Your next opportunity to renew your membership in person is at our April meeting, or online here!
As a member, you have the right to vote, access to the library, or access to the club sales table or discounted hobby grower tables at the Show and Sale. If you have questions about your membership dues, please email us or talk to Pablo Ramudo at the next meeting. 
Would you like to volunteer some time to the club? It could be a small time commitment or a day event. Do you have an idea or topic we should highlight at a meeting? Do you know someone with amazing knowledge/experience who you think would be interested in speaking at one of our meetings? Would you like to share a picture of you and one/some of your carnivorous plants? 

Show & Sale
General Meetings
Community Events
Donate plants for raffles
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Please contact us if you're interested in helping out at events or any ideas/pictures you want to share!
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