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Annual cactus sale at CDRI

March 9th, 2017 under Community

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – Dozens of Queen Victoria agave, golden barrel, claret cup, soaptree yucca, ocotillo, and others have arrived over the past month, and all signs point to the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and Nature Center’s (CDRI) annual Cactus Sale is ready to take place. Gardener, Leslie Spicer, has been busy repotting the plants using her special cactus-mix soil and finishing their look with top dressing.

The CDRI annual Cactus and Succulent Sale starts on March 13, lasting through the week, or until they are sold out.

Last year, the cacti sold out by day two of the sale. CDRI took note of the strong demand for the larger, while attractively priced, cacti and succulents, and answered that demand by sourcing more large plants in three and five gallon containers—totaling about 140 “big ones” to join the abundant supply of more conventional one-gallon-sized plants. Balancing the “big ones,” beautiful tiny cacti and succulents in miniature size will also be for sale. The sale will take place at the Powell Visitor Center with CDRI’s knowledgeable gardener and her team of volunteers to assist every shopper with their selections.

Must have pots and accessories, many of them “first time” items, can be found in the Nature Center Gift Shop featuring medium and large size natural stone “tinaja” planters this year, along with hand-painted Talavera pots. The Gift Shop also has the CDRI logo terracotta flower pot mugs, Dynasty hand-blown glass cacti gift items, prickly pear syrup and jelly, and regional cookbooks.

The Cactus Sale is one of only two yearly CDRI fundraisers. CDRI invites you to come on out and support your favorite local Nature Center, while snatching up all you’ll need for your home collection of distinctive cacti and succulents–truly, a “win-win” opportunity as you support the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center—the “best rural nature center in Texas.”

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