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. ;-)

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.

Next meeting – May 7th 2017

A reminder that the next meeting has been moved to May 7th to avoid the usual conflict with Mother’s day.
Mike will be presenting a program on heliamphoras. A group of pitcher plants from South America.

The field trip is still scheduled for June 11 in the Sandstone area.

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

Spring is here!

UMCPS will have an exciting week.

First, we will be showing plants at the AVSM show in Northtown Mall, Friday 4/7 and Saturday 4/8. We probably will have a few things for sale.
Expect a few winter growing plants on display. Things that are dormant come state fair time.

Sunday 4/9, we will have another social meeting. Back at Insite Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Ave. The usual time of 3pm.

Questions to our yahoo.com e-mail address, username umcps.

UMCPS Reminder: Hands on meeting, March 12th

One week and we will be planting seeds! At the Ramsey-Washington Watershed () office in Little Canada on March 12th @ 3pm. (Don’t forget to change your clocks, the 12th is the start of daylight savings time.)
Matt will run a hands on program about sowing drosera (sundew) seed. Expect to go home with a sample planting.

Yearly planning

Well, now that my other plant society show duties are over, time for a report on the planning meeting.

Earlier this month we had our planning meeting. It was fun to see what Matt had done with his electronics and his grow chambers.

Now for the bits everyone really cares about.

Since the officers terms run for two years, and both officers were elected last year neither needed to be re-elected. How ever the bylaws state that the officers must be staggered.
So, Mike stood for re-election as treasurer. He was elected unanimously.

The treasury report said we had approximately 1161.54. (Oddly specifically there…)
That did not include the membership renewals that happened in the room.

Reminder, we are on a calendar year, so everyone else needs to renew.

Meetings planned:

March 12 – Matt will run a hands on program about sowing drosera (sundew) seed. Expect to go home with a sample planting.

May 14 – Mike will be presenting a program on heliamphoras. A group of pitcher plants from South America.

June 11 – Breaking with tradition, the July meeting will be in June. (The usual date for our social meeting.) We moved the meeting so that we would see the saracenia (North American pitcher plants) in bloom. Maybe a few other Minnesota rare bog plants too. The field trip will be in the Sandstone area. Limited parking, car pooling advised.

Sept 10 – Matt will present a program on lowland nepenthes (pitcher plants.) The ones that like it hot and steamy.

Nov 12 – Richard will be leading a round table discussion about dormancy. Or, more specifically, how to prepare your plants so they actually come OUT of dormancy…

As always, the meetings will be the second Sunday of the month, at 3 p.m. Anything indoors will continue to be at the Watershed District office.
The months were we do not have a formal meeting, we will continue to have the social gatherings at various brew pubs around town. (If anyone does not drink, such as myself, the places have all been fine with non-drinkers. If there are other ideas, we are open to hearing them.)

Comments to our yahoo.com e-mail address, username umcps.