Central Coast Chapter CRFG

Events Calendar

Our Best CRFG Manners While Visiting Homes, Nurseries, Growers, etc.
1. We never bring pets to meetings/tours and we never even ask if we may!
2. We do our best to use public facilities or our own restroom before the meeting.
3. We do our best not to ask to go inside the hosts’ home.
4. We never pick fruit, flowers, foliage, weeds, seed pods and we never even ask.
5. We do our best to car pool and park with great respect to our host and the neighborhood.
6. We never talk when our host is talking. We do our best to stay up close when given a tour.
7. We never “take over” the tour and tell everyone how we do it at our home!!
8. We have thoughtful questions but try not to ask questions that embarrass our host.
9. We do our best to help our host feel good, feel appreciated. We clean up our mess.
10. We stay on the path, with our host …and never go walking around on our own unless given permission by the host.
11. At the end of the tour, we make a special effort to thank the host. We “gather up” and have some sort of “closure” to the tour.
12. We even write thank you notes when we get home, especially if we asked a lot of questions, were impressed, were surprised, were treated well. We write thank you notes even when we are not the leader!

February 2019 Chapter Meeting: Scion Exchange, Grafting Clinic, and Rootstock Sale

Saturday, February 16th, 2019 (the 3rd Saturday of the month)


Scion hunters in the wild

Chapter Meeting and Annual Scion Exchange, Grafting Clinic and Rootstock Sale

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:
  • Please do not bring any citrus or patented fruitwood (budwood/scionwood/cuttings): it is illegal. See the Dave Wilson website for a partial list of patented varieties.
  • There will be rootstock for sale at this meeting so...you can purchase a rootstock and pick up free scionwood and then graft your own fruit tree.
  • Yes, there will be 5 or six expert grafters from our chapter...demonstrating their favorite graft all afternoon.
  • There will also be a "supply store" where you can purchase grafting knife and all the grafting supplies you might need.
And an extra extra bonus: the Cal Poly Agriculture students will be selling fresh fruit straight from the Cal Poly orchards. Take this opportunity to visit their stand and buy some fruit straight from the source!

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.

Location: 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.

Time: 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

Weather: Rain will not cancel this event.

Bring: Bring healthy scion wood:
  • The cut ends should be wrapped in a moist paper towel, and the bundle should be placed in a plastic baggie.
  • Write the specific varietal on the plastic baggie, one varietal per plastic bag. Scions without their specific varietal marked on the bag, as well as unmarked scion bags, cannot be accepted.
  • Please also include the variety's chill hours and whether or not the variety is self-pollinating, if you know that information.
You'll also need the following for your new scions:
  • Baggies with a moist paper towel in each to wrap the cut ends of your scions.
  • Your own Sharpie pen: to label your scions and baggies.
  • Masking or painter's tape: to wrap around scions for labeling.
Please leave all pets at home.

March 2019: Chapter Meeting

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Event: Annual Propagation Meeting

More information will appear here closer to the event.
Location: 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.
Time: 1:00 p.m.: Refreshments and socializing.
Refreshment team: R-Z.

1:30 p.m.: Meeting begins.

Weather: 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.