February 2019 Chapter Meeting: Scion Exchange, Grafting Clinic, and Rootstock Sale
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 (the 3rd Saturday of the month)
This is our annual event, open to the public!
No RSVP needed.
First... we want you to save this date, Feb. 16th, for the annual CRFG Scion Exchange and Grafting Clinic and Rootstock Sale!! It will be held at Cal Poly, at the Crops Unit and we are expecting a good crowd so... come early and help us welcome our guests. Best parking will be along Mt. Bishop Road... This is our biggest meeting of the year and probably the most fun!!!
Second... we hope you will save your scionwood and bring it to this meeting on Feb. 16th. The general public is invited and they come to our meeting to get the free scionwood that YOU bring. Please bring clean, disease and pest free scion wood from deciduous fruiting plants; also wood from cherimoyas, avocados, and other sub-tropical plants that grow in our area. We also welcome cuttings from figs, mulberries, pomegranates, grapes and other fruiting plants that can be propagated from cuttings.
We need you to bring healthy and disease free scionwood to the party!! The best scion wood is the young healthy growth made last year. These young shoots are at the top of your trees or at the terminal ends of side branches. Do not save and bring 2 year old wood... Best cuttings/scions are "pencil thick "about 3/8 inch thick,.... straight.... and only 8 or 10 inches long... Put these cuttings into a Ziploc bag with a wet paper towel and clearly mark the variety and kind of wood you are saving. You can fit 15 or 20 of these scions (all the same kind) in one bag. Refrigerate this material immediately and keep it cool until Feb. 17th. Do not freeze. Mark the bag with a permanent marker so people can read. Bring these Ziploc bags to the meeting... before 1 p.m.... and you will probably get admission to the scion exchange room ahead of those who come empty-handed!!
Tom Del Hotal (CRFG San Diego chapter) has created this helpful instruction sheet, "How to Collect and Save Scion or Bud Wood.pdf." Please note his strong emphasis on checking the dormant buds!
A few more quick tips and notes:
This is a meeting you will not want to miss.... and is a fun one for you to invite others to come and join the fun.
Need more info? See our Scion Exchange page.
Still have questions? Contact Joe Sabol at Jsabol@calpoly.edu, (805) 544-1056.
Building 17, the "Crops Unit" on the campus of Cal Poly, SanLuis Obispo, CA.
The Crops Unit is at the corner of Highland and Mt. Bishop Road, on the western edge of main campus.
Best to enter campus on Highland, directly off of Highway 1. Parking is free in the dirt parking lot.
12:00 p.m. Sale of rootstock and grafting supplies begin.
1:00 p.m. Entry for those bringing scions to share.
1:30 p.m. Entry for those not bringing scions.
Refreshment team: I-Q
Rain will not cancel this event.
Bring healthy scion wood:
March 2019: Chapter Meeting
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Annual Propagation Meeting
More information will appear here closer to the event.
Master Gardeners’ Community Garden, the Seven Sisters Garden,
2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA
Parking is a serious concern. The first 50 cars can park in the Ag Commissioners' parking lot adjacent to the Seven Sisters Garden. For overflow parking, please show courtesy to neighbors by parking at distant locations and walking to the garden.
1:00 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing.
Refreshment team: R-Z.
1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins.
Rain will not cancel this event.
CRFG CC Planning Committee tentative future meetings and ideas planning worksheet.
This document is used by the planning committee to share dates and ideas for future events. Dates on this worksheet are tentative. Use the calendar above to see confirmed CRFG CC events.