A must read! Monthly Newsletters 


The Johannesburg Succulent Society's monthly newsletter is sent to approximately 1000 people, even to many of whom are not members of the Johannesburg Succulent Society, but are interested in plants and/or gardening. We send it free of charge, with no strings attached, as our little contribution to creating awareness of succulents within broader society. Email us on jhbss.info@gmail.com to be added to the Monthly Newsletter Mailing List.

We hope that we can encourage and assist visitors staying close together to start groups in other parts of southern Africa.

Interesting and engaging content is our first and foremost priority in every Monthly Johannesburg Succulent Society Newsletter you read! It is one of the offerings that our members look forward to most, along with with posts on the Whatsapp Group

The newsletter contains knowledge and subject matter that our aligned with the Society's aims and our members, who are plant enthusiasts. A variety of articles, world-class photographs, event invitations, recaps of events and club nights, details of upcoming Plant Shows and Sales, and news in the industry are just some of the compelling topics that fill the online newsletter. Articles are written by members or invited experts and range from highly academic presentations to pictures from a trip with a succulent connection. Any suggestions, information regarding plants, events, article or comments which may enhance the newsletter should be emailed to jhbss.info@gmail.com and the committee may consider including this in an upcoming newsletter.

The newsletter was sent out throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period, and has helped keep the Johannesburg Succulent Society alive during these challenging months.

We are always looking for our members to contribute content and share their unique knowledge. Members can share their news, passion for succulents, information on their favourite Genus or species, a visit to habitat, a write up about their garden, or maybe even a story that reminisces about succulents. More scientific articles are always welcomed. Our members can be relied on for excellent photographs, and we welcome these as well.

Remember to post your photos and share the species name if possible, on facebook, or using our members' Whatsapp Group benefit which provides a community of experts who can help you identify your succulent plants, initiate conversations and discussions, provide ideas for soils, sunlight requirements, pest control and more.

As a taster, here are a few snippets from one of our older Newsletters:

Aloe marlothii in habitat - approximately 8m high. One of the Aloe genus most striking aloes, with horizontal racemes reaching up to the stars

Cover photo: These Aloe marlothii were estimated by Ryder McGaffin to be 8m high. How old would such a plant be? Photo: Ryder McGaffin

Pleiospilos is a small genus of mimicry plants from mainly in the Great and Little Karoo in South Africa. In the monthly newsletter

Megaherbivores wreak havoc in tree Euphorbia populations (Luise Granig)

I am a stickler for tree Euphorbias. Those iconic trees are, for me, the epitome of beauty. In the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, a megaherbivore is slowly destroying them. Elephants, you may wonder? (After all, they are well known to destroy large patches of trees in the Kruger.) But no, for once, the usual culprits of tree destruction are quite innocent. The “evil” Euphorbia destroyer is the .....................

Tree Euphorbias are some of the most alluring structures in vast African landscapes. Against the early morning sunrise or afternoon sunset, they provide excellent photographic opportunities. Euphorbia trigona

Pleispilos simulans (Photo Left)

Know it and Grow it (Michael Marais)

Pleiospilos is a small genus of mimicry plants, found mostly in the Great and Little Karoo. They are characterised by small dark spots on the leaves, which has given rise to the name pleio = full of + spilos = spots. Previous articles have focused on .....................................................

If anyone is aware of an environment being demolished for whatever reason, and succulent plants occur in such areas, please inform us, so we can possibly arrange a plant rescue.

Johannesburg Succulent Society Newsletter back copies

JSS August 2023.pdf
JSS July 2023.pdf
JSS June 2023.pdf
JSS May 2023 .pdf
JSS April 2023.pdf
JSS March 2023.pdf
JSS Feb 2023.pdf
JSS January 2023.pdf
JSS November 2022.pdf
JSS October 2022.pdf
JSS September 2022.pdf
JSS August 2022.pdf
JSS July 2022.pdf
JSS June 2022.pdf
JSS May 2022.pdf
JSS April 2022.pdf
JSS March 2022.pdf
JSS February 2022.pdf
JSS December 2021.pdf
JSS November 2021.pdf
JSS October 2021.pdf
JSS September 2021.pdf
JSS August 2021.pdf
JSS July 2021.pdf
JSS June 2021.pdf
JSS May 2021.pdf
JSS April 2021.pdf
JSS March 2021.pdf
JSS newsletter February 2021.pdf
JSS December 2020.pdf
JSS Newsletter November 2020-compressed.pdf