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The Leaflet is the Central Coast chapter's newsletter, written by Lori Bright

2017


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October

California Rare Fruit Growers – Central Coast Chapter


Meeting: October 14, 2017

Our CRFG group met this time at the SLO Botanical Gardens - assuming we weren’t too “Lively” for them - we’ll go back and do it again next year! Our meeting was held in a Rosy-colored stucco building supplied by our partners, a large and lovely venue. We hope that our Botanical Garden buddies enjoyed our presentation.

What a spread of fruit was viewed and offered: Yellow Sapote, Macadamia nuts, Feijoa, Fuzzy Kiwi, Figs, Dragon Fruit, Jujubes and more.

Upcoming Events:

November 4: Arbor Day Festival We’ll have a booth and sell grafted trees. (Thanks to Marv for all his donated trees.) We’ll be putting this money towards more scholarship opportunities.
November 4: Tom Spellman from Dave Wilson Nurseries will give a presentation on Backyard Orchard Management at Farm Supply.
November 11: Ron Ludikins from L.E. Cooke will be speaking on Growing Deciduous Fruit Trees.
AgVenture: The crew, Marv Daniels, Pat Moudakis, and Joe Sabol went to Paso Robles and taught hundreds of 4 th graders to graft fruit trees in October 2017. They will participate again in May at the AgVenture in Arroyo Grande. Sign-up with Pat Moudakis if you can help!!


We Talk About Our Favorite Fruits!

We had 6 speakers tell us about their Favorite Fruits:

Alisha helps a young visitor select her free plant. Later during the meeting, Alisha, who grows several varieties of jujubes on her ranch, shared her knowledge with us.
Alisha & Jujubes:
(Ziziphus jujube is in the Buckthorn Family)
Originally from Central Asia. With the Jujube you can eat the fruit fresh or let it dry on the tree for a more intense sweet flavor. They taste great either way. Jujubes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and iron and contain 22 Amino acids as well as many other nutrients. There are many ways to enjoy them but eaten in Oatmeal seems to be a big hit. The tree loves heat and tolerates both poor water quality as well as poor soil. The trees are drought tolerant but fruit best with regular water. The flowers are tiny but smell sweet. The fruit of the Jujube are harvested from the beginning of September, and then finish before Halloween. Don’t try to grow them from seed however, that is a most difficult feat. The Winter pleasure of this tree comes in admiring the tree’s beautiful silhouette. The tree itself can handle temperatures well below 0 degrees. If you are coastal, you might have to locate that perfect micro- climate for your Jujube (such as up against a south-facing wall) to give it the heat it needs. Alisha’s home is in a beautiful open location near New Cuyama. If you are planting your trees in an open aspect, place your Jujube trees on centers of 15’- 25’.
CRFG Jujube Information

Larry & Cherimoyas:
(Annona cherimola)
The Most Delicious Fruit Known To Man” --Mark Twain
Cherimoyas come to us from the North-West portion of South America at high elevations. If you can grow Avocado then you should try the Cherimoya. Cherimoya have a long growing season: February thru September. With 9 months of flowering your “Custard Apple” can produce a succession of fruit. Larry says his favorite way to eat the Cherimoya is to harvest it when it is soft, place in the refrigerator and then eat with a spoon the next day. There are named cultivars of Cherimoya but excellent fruit trees can be grown from seed. If you find a fruit that has been on the ground for several days, you might find a seed already sprouting inside that fruit. The trees are similar to Avocado in that you have female flowers opening at one time of the day and male flowers opening at another time. When a tree is small, you might try hand pollination. A larger tree has enough crossover that hand pollination isn’t necessary. They tend to hit their stride at about 5 years, and are somewhat drought tolerant. To keep your tree at a manageable height you can prune several times throughout the year. (Trees don’t bear fruit on new wood only.)
CRFG Cherimoya Information

Jack shows examples of grafted and seedling Macadamia varieties, and also explains his technique for fending off sneaky tree rats.
Jack & Macadamia Nuts:
(Macadamia tetraphylla)
Macadamia trees are in the Protea Family and are from Australia. Macadamia trees are cold sensitive but a mature tree could take temperatures as low as 19 degrees. At maturity they are very drought resistant large tree. These trees are deep rooted and tough. No need to use mechanical means for harvest, the nuts fall to the ground once they are ripe. A named cultivar is a “Sure thing” but they can be grown from seed as well. Do put your trees in the ground as they don’t like being container grown. Macadamia trees like an acid soil 5.5 to 6.5 is ideal. The tree is resistant to Armillaria fungus but do have one pesky pest. The “Tree Rat” or “Roof Rat” is the trees worst enemy. Jack has devised a most amazing “Rat-Trap- on-a- Stick” contraption. Baited with a macadamia nut he has great success with his trap. (You might want to speak to Jack yourself to find out just exactly how to construct one of these.) Macadamia are self-fruitful and can be planted on a 15’ center.
CRFG Macadamia Information

Lori answers questions from the audience about citrus.
Lori & Citrus:
(Citrus, of multiple species)
If you go to buy a Citrus fruit today, you might think the plants a bit puny. The Growers are moving them so fast that they are barely up-to- size before they are shipped off to retail outlets. The growers are raising the price of Citrus based on the need to grow them indoors (due to the Asian Citris Psillid and concern for Citrus Greening Disease.) Many growers are switching to a 3 gallon container. A smaller container is a better way to deal with a smaller plant. With a small plant in a large container there is more chance for root damage at transplant time. Use a good high-end potting soil if you are going to grow in a container. Use an acid amendment if you are planting in the ground. If you have an old Citrus tree and believe it isn’t giving you the fruit that is should. Check to see that you are not growing out the rootstock. If you are, you should (in Spring) cut out the rootstock and see to it that the original scion is healthy and capable of making a tree. Otherwise, consider grafting new scion wood onto your old rootstock. Because of the Citrus Leaf Miner, prune and fertilize your trees early. I always say “Love your trees on Valentine’s Day, but if you don’t….make sure they get Lucky by St Patty’s Day.” If you prune or fertilize in June, July or August you will end up with more damage from the Citrus Leaf Miner. These little buggers like new succulent growth. Citrus do like a good fertilizer that is chalk full of micro-nutrients.

Marv holds up a feijoa fruit, and provided samples for the audience to taste.
Marv & Feijoa:
(Feijoa sellowiana) (Acca sellowiana) Pineapple Guava
Great tasting fruit, (thank you for the samples.) Pineapple Guava can be started from seed in a pie tin (no holes punched in the top or bottom.) Two great varieties are ‘Coolidge’ and ‘Robert Scott’. The ‘Coolidge’ is elongated and the ‘Robert Scott’ is egg shaped. The ‘Coolidge’ is self-fruitful but the self-fruitfulness of the ‘Robert Scott’, is uncertain. The petals of the Feijoa flower are especially delicious and are great in salad. The best way to eat a Feijoa is to bite off the flower end of the fruit and suck out the yummy pulp.
CRFG Feijoa Information

Joe explains how to grow your own dragon fruit from a single cutting.
Tucker explains that by growing dragon fruit people will know you are cool because you know Joe Sabol!
Joe, Tucker & Dragon Fruit:
(Hylocereus) (Pitaya)
Dragon fruits are easy to grow, beautiful and healthy. The Dragon Fruit comes to us from Central America where they grow under trees that give them a natural support. You can grow them in the ground or in containers. Young plants will need some shade. To start your own plant from a cutting: take a 6”-10” piece and put it into potting soil in a 5” container. (No rooting hormone needed.) Once it puts on some roots, pot-it- up into a one gallon container, stake it and feed some chicken manure. Once a plant weighs about 10 pounds, it may begin to flower. Dragon Fruit can be hand pollinated and then in 50 days you’ll have fruit. To hand pollinate: Use a brush and feather the pollen onto open flowers. (Do this at night.) Your pollen can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The red fruits are most nutritious and the white fruits are sweetest. Growing them from start to finish is some great fun. The whole process, per Joe Sabol, is a “Kick in the Pants”!!!!!

 

Sep
September Meeting: Tim and Judelon LaSalle: A New Paradigm for Soil Health   -   Recent Updates to Website
Aug
August Meeting: Les Ferreira's Garden and Introduction to the Art of Bonsai   -   2017 Scholarship Awardees   -   Announcements   -   Recent Updates to Website
Jun
Remembering Art Henzgen   -   June Meeting: Redstone Apple Ranch   -   Recent Updates to Website
Feb
Pictures from 2017 Annual Scion Exchange
Jan
January meeting: Annual Pruning Workshop

 

2016- Year of the Edible Landscape, A to Z, Apples to Zapotes, San Luis Obispo CA

Dec
Holiday Potluck Luncheon Recap
Mar/Apr
Members encouraged to join in Festival of Fruit 2016 planning   -   Demonstration Orchard pruning workday in February   -   Annual Scion Exchange in February   -   Annual Propagation meeting announcement March 12   -   Semi-Dwarf rootstock R 225 - OHXF 333 arrival
Jan/Feb
Festival of Fruit planning   -   Annual pruning meeting   -   Annual Scion Exchange reminder

 

2015- Year of the Drought Tolerant Fruits, San Diego CA

Nov/Dec
November chapter meeting at Hearst Castle   -   Faux rock workshop   -   Annual holiday meeting announcement   -   Request for Festival of Fruit 2016 planners and volunteers   -   Request for membership renewals
Sep/Oct
September chapter meeting at SLO Botanical Gardens   -   October chapter meeting: Les' garden tour; 3 Cal Poly students awarded scholarships   -   July chapter meeting: Peter and Gabrielle Robins' garden tour; Art Henzgen honored   -   Growing sapotes on the central coast   -   San Diego Festival of Fruit write-up; Art DeKleine honored   -   Master Gardeners' Tomato Extravaganza write-up
Jul/Aug
July mtg announcement   -   No August meeting due to San Diego Festival of Fruit   -   Listserv announcement   -   May chapter meeting: Don and Roxy James' blueberry orchard   -   June chapter meeting: Barney, Alisha and Ky Taff- jujubes at Rock Front Ranch
May/Jun
May and June meeting announcments   -   April chapter meeting at the Avila Barn   -   Request for volunteers to maintain the CRFG orchard at Cal Poly

 

2014- HOS / NAFAX / CRFG Joint Meeting, Troutdale Oregon


No newsletters in 2014!

 

2013- Year of the Hawaiian Fruit, Hawai'i

Mar/Apr
VermiCompost/worm castings   -   Pruning demo from "guest pruner" Mike Cirone   -   This history of Corned Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes   -   2013 Scion Exchange and Grafting Clinic   -   The Blueberry Years book review
Jan/Feb
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2012 - Year of the Heirloom Fruit, Santa Rosa

Nov/Dec
Write-ups for the Festival of Fruit 2012: "Year of the Heirloom" and 2nd annual Heirloom Exposition   -   Excerpted from “Of Gardens” from The Essays or Counsels of Sir Francis Bacon   -   Persimmon Cookie Recipe   -   Making apple juice at SLO Creek Farms   -   How to deal with peach leaf curl   -   Access Amazon.com for your purchases via the link on this page of the CRFG website and a small percentage of your purchase price will be given to CRFG.
Sep/Oct
UCCE Master Gardeners' Sixth Annual Tomato Extravaganza   -   Websites to purchase inexpensive grafting supplies   -   Local Food Purchase Program   -   Plants in Mythology   -   Gluten Free Banana Muffins   -   Book review of Mary Moss-Sprague's (Master Gardener and osteoarthritis sufferer) new book Stand Up and Garden   -   Write-up of July meeting at Joe Sabol's garden
Jul/Aug
House Guests of the Feathered (Barn Owl) Kind   -   Passing of Clifford Chapman   -   CRFG Scholarships   -   Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco   -   Compost Donation for CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard   -   Careful Use of Rodenticides   -   Fresh Apple Cake Recipe   -   Book review of Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea   -   Food in History: Kimch'i   -   Peach Leaf Curl
May/Jun

Mar/Apr
Write-up of the Central Coast Chapter's Annual Scion Exchange in February, with a Tribute to "Dr. D"   -   Grafting Lessons for Students   -   In Memory of Gene Santos   -   Avocado Database   -   Book review of The Year 1000, What Life Was Like at The Turn of the First Millennium   -   Recipe for Spiced Sautéed Carrots with Pecans   -   Book review of Golden Gate Gardening ... San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California   -   January Pruning with Guest Pruner Professor Dan Lassanske: "every branch, every year!"
Jan/Feb
The Garden of the Seven Sisters   -   Treasure Hunt in See Canyon: the Perfect Apple of Dr. D   -   Tree Collards   -   New CRFG Inc., Marketplace Managers   -   First ever CRFG Central Chapter Scholarships Awarded   -   PG&E Community Service Award given to CRFG Central Chapter for Apple Grafting Project   -   Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation donation buys rootstock for Apple Grafting Project   -   CRFG Central Demonstration Orchard pampered with compost and straw   -   In Memory of Dr. Tom Ruehr   -   Cranberries   -   Evelyn's Berry Buttermilk Frozen Dessert

 

2011 - Year of the Pomegranate, Arizona

Sep/Oct
Lawns to Food Demonstration Garden   -   Purslane: Weed or Food?   -   3 Dragon Fruit Blossoms   -   News from Owen Baynham   -   Marketplace Manager Opening   -   Story: Help When It's Needed   -   Mehe's Rice Salad Recipe   -   Oranges and Lemons in Britain   -   Film review of Pranzo di Ferragosto   -   July meeting: Blackburn Ranch in Bradley   -   Scholarship Awards   -   Olive Trees in Iraq and SLO   -   August meeting: Chapman Estate in Pismo Beach; Bob Ludekens educates us on "chill hours"
Jul/Aug
Veteran Farmers   -   News from Slovakia   -     -     -     -  
May/Jun
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2010 Volume 13 - Year of the Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit, Los Angeles

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2008 Volume 11 - Year of the Avocado

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2005 Volume 8 - Year of the Apple

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