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. ;-)

Sept 10, Update – Cephalotus follicularis talk

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Matt had to cancel his lowland nepenthes talk.

Alex has volunteered to fill in with a talk about his struggles and successes with cephalotus follicularis, the Australian pitcher plant.
This is a monotypic genus, with only one plant in the cephalotus genus.

If you grow one, bring it in and we can all admire them!

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Sept 10 Meeting – Lowland Nepenthes

On the heels of the state fair display it is time for the next meeting. This time Matt will be giving us a talk on lowland nepenthes, from the hot and steamy jungles.

Has been a while since we were there, but the meeting will be back at the Ramsey-Washington Watershed Office (2665 Noel Dr, Little Canada, MN 55117) in Little Canada.
September 10th at the usual time of 3pm.

Contact us at the usual places: blog at umcps (dot) net
email via umcps (at) yahoo.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/

Hope to see you all there.

State Fair time!

We will be there tomorrow (8/24) and Friday (8/25.) Stop by and say hi!
Trade war … er growing… stories. Advice on how we grow plants or just look at the beauties we brought in!
Venus Fly Trap feedings again this year, check the display for times.

In the horticulture building, but the AVSM wing this year.

A Call to Arms, and Beer

First up, we will have a social meeting on Aug 13, at Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 1121 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN. The usual time of 3 pm.

Well, it is that time of year again. We need to plan our presence at the great Minnesota Get Together (or Sweat Together, which ever.) We will be there Aug 24 & 25th.

First thing, this year we will be in the AVSM wing, not the MSHS wing. There are a bunch of member that belong to AVSM (African Violet Society of MN) or affiliated societies, and they offered us a great deal. Free fair tickets! Plus more space than we have had in the past.

So, to fill the space we need plants. Even if you do not want to volunteer, please consider sending your plants. Alex at the CBS Greenhouse can hold plants for a few days. I am willing to hold plants on the north side. Feel free to contact us and make arrangements. If you are willing to bring plants for show, let us know what you might have so we can plan the space accordingly. Anyone that has some larger nepenthes would be appreciated.

We also need volunteers to explain the wonders of carnivorous plants to the unwashed masses (depending on the day, very unwashed masses.)
We will be doing the Venus fly trap feeding again this year. We will need speakers and cricket wrangles for each show. No fear, if you do not want to be involved in that circus, we can still use general table help.

Get in contact and let us know if you are willing to help and score free tickets to the fair!
email – umcps (at) yahoo.com or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/

June 11th Field Trip

Well, it is time to start planning for next weekend’s expedition to the northlands in search of the elusive sarracenia flower. Which, in truth, will never inspire poets as, say, the rose has.
Still it should be a fun time looking in a swamp near Sandstone MN. Hopefully we will find a few other Minnesota rare plants as well.
Note – Swamp. Dress appropriately to get wet and spare, dry shoes will make the trip home a bit more comfortable.

Given the distance and lack of parking at the site, car pooling is advised. Contact us for the meeting spot, in Ham Lake. Assembly time should be about 1 pm, arrival at Sandstone about 2.

As always contact us at the usual places: umcps (at) yahoo.com
or Facebook @ /UpperMidwestCarnivorousPlantSociety/

Meeting Sunday and Eating Pitchers

Well, people are creative. Here is a group that uses nepenthes pitches for a cooking vessel for rice. At least they leave the plant alive.
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170502-where-people-eat-carnivorous-plants

Last reminder, meeting this Sunday, May 7th. The lecture will be on heliamphoras.
At the usual location,  Ramsey-Washington Watershed () office in Little Canada.
At the usual time of 3pm.

Hope to see you all there.