About UMCPS

This is the official web home of the Upper Midwest Carnivorous Plant Society (UMCPS), based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA. Here you will find updates about meetings, activities, and where we'll be in the community. We will also occasionally post pictures of members' plants and collections - mostly to brag. ;-)

UMCPS – May Seed Starting meeting is canceled

The meeting was supposed to take place on May 17th, a week later to avoid Mother’s Day as we always do. The state is still under a stay at home order until the 18th.
Since there is no way to have a seed starting meeting online, and we meet at a government building, the meeting is hereby canceled.

With luck, and a lack of resurgence of COVID-19 after the state reopens, we will have a gathering in June.

Hope everyone’s plants are growing well with all the extra attention!
Bill – UMCPS President

UMCPS April Social Canceled

Well, it is time for the April social meeting, and of course, we are socially locked down. In place of our meeting this month, time will need to be spent with family and plants, but it need not to be in that order.

By now, if all went well, the flytraps and sarrs are out of dormancy and likely either stalks are up or they are in flower. I have done most of my spring repotting, I have a few sarrs left to separate the seedlings from last year into larger pots for the year. The flytraps are in the process of setting flower stalks and I am in the process of removing the stalks, trimming to size and placing into sphagnum moss in hopes of having some babies grow from the stalks.

Hopefully in a few weeks, some of the CPs and orchids will go to the greenhouse. The way my plant accumulation is going, I may need to add a room onto my house in a couple years. Oh the joys of a growing hobby.

See you next month…hopefully.
Don Schiller

UMCPS March 8 – Heliamphoras

The next meeting will be on March 8th, at 3:00 pm, The meeting will be at the Ramsey-Washington Watershed Office (2665 Noel Dr, Little Canada, MN 55117) in Little Canada.
Don’t forget, this is time change day! The meeting will not be when you thought it was going to bed.
Daniel is scheduled to talk on heliamphoras. The South American pitcher plant. When we were at his house in Jan, he had really nice blooms on his. Bring your questions.
Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

UMCPS Social 2/9 Tentative

If the weather is nice, we will meet at Blue Wolf Brewing, 8515 Edinburgh Centre Dr.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Sunday 2/9 @ 3:00pm

If we get the snow as forecast, there will be no meeting.

Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

UMCPS 1/12 Planning meeting and member visit

Sorry for the late notice. We will be meeting Sunday, Jan 12th at 3pm, at a member’s house in St. Cloud.  Please RSVP as we need a head count. We will be car pooling from Maple Grove for the Twin Cities crowd.

Our youngest member, and his father, have a greenhouse! So we will get to see how the other half lives.

We will also be planning the meetings for next year and the election for our President. Bill, that is me, is willing to stand for re-election. If anyone wants the role, I am willing to step aside.

Given the start of the year, everyone needs to renew their membership. ($10 for the year.) Any member in good standing can nominate themselves for the position. Votes will be taken by email, if you are so inclined.

Proposals for talks will be gladly accepted! Either by email or in person.
If you have an area of specialty, feel free to come talk about it.

Hope you can all make it!

Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

December Social – Dec 8, 2019

Alan Lowrie has put out his tuberous drosera list for the year. Any members interested in participating? S&H has gone up to $75. The U is putting in an order and we may be able to split shipping costs with them.
Anyone that is not a member will need to join to take part in the order.
2821 E HENNEPIN AVE
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55413
Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

UMCPS Nov 10 – Growing Media

The next meeting will be on Nov 10th, at 3:00 pm, The meeting will be at the Ramsey-Washington Watershed Office (2665 Noel Dr, Little Canada, MN 55117) in Little Canada.
Do you wonder just what to pot that new plant in? How to create a bog garden without breaking your back to move it?
Come join us and learn what to do with that bare root plant or new leaf pulling!
Don and myself (Bill) will be hosting a round table on growing media. There will be samples of the various stuff we use, and discussion of where to use it.
Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

UMCPS Nov 10th – Soils

Just a brief message to let everyone know that the next meeting will be on Nov 11th, at 3:00 pm, The meeting will be at the Ramsey-Washington Watershed Office (2665 Noel Dr, Little Canada, MN 55117) in Little Canada.
We are in the process of pulling the meeting together, but it will be about soil. Or whatever we call the stuff we grow the plants in.
Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

UMCPS Sept 8th – Drosera

Now that the State Fair is over and life is returning to normalcy, it is time for our next meeting.
This month our youngest member, Bill, will talking about Sundews (Drosera mainly. Although there maybe a few other related genra in there.)
Rumor has it that there will be some plants given away.

We are in the beginning stages of putting together an order to Best Carnivorous Plants (out of the Czech Republic.) He is among the best supplier of sundew (drosera) and butterwort (pinguicula) seeds, as well as plants. BCP will reopen for shipping soon, and end in Oct.
* You must be a paid up member to participate in this.

Please join us Sept 8th at 3pm for this lecture.
The meeting will be at the Ramsey-Washington Watershed Office (2665 Noel Dr, Little Canada, MN 55117) in Little Canada.
Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)

August Social – Aug 11, 2019

Well, it is that time of year again where everyone’s thoughts* turn to the State Fair! I expect that the primary focus of this social meeting will be the great Minnesota get together.
(* Either with joy at being there, or dread for things to come…)

If anyone is not on the email list and wants to volunteer, the deadline to contact us is August 8th. We are always looking for new blood to sacri… er, help with crowd control. We do offer free admission for work at the tables.

2821 E HENNEPIN AVE
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55413
Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) rosinante.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/ (Feel free to send a message.)