Annual Scion Exchange & Grafting Demos!

When: February 13th @ 10 am

Where: Multipurpose Room, Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA

We have celebrity fruit experts and fruit hunters joining us for our grafting demonstrations! Ken Love is the executive director of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers and President of American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association. He will speak about propagation by grafting. Another fruit expert, Dr. Yoshimi “John” Yonemoto, director of the Japan Tropical Fruit Association, will demonstrate Japanese grafting techniques. Our own Arnold Bernstein is going to teach us a special grafting version of whip and tongue that does not require the master cuts to allow the two scions to fuse together. Arnold says that this is a foolproof, much stronger graft than the standard whip and tongue graft and can be accomplished with an inexpensive knife.  Our chair, Bruce Blavin, will demonstrate the cleft graft. You will be able to get up close and observe every detail of these techniques. Our grafting experts will be available to answer your grafting questions.

Ken is also interested in collecting avocado scion wood. So, if you have any uncommon avocado trees, please bring some wrapped especially for Ken.

With grafting, you can build your own fruit tree with multiple varieties of apples, peaches, pears, sapotes, cherimoyas, etc. You can even have peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots on the same tree or almonds on one side of your tree and plums on the other. You can completely graft over a non-productive variety (called topworking). With grafting, the possibilities are almost unlimited.

We will also have our annual Scion Wood Exchange, so please bring your scion wood to share. If we all bring wood, we should have many different varieties from many different trees. If you have rootstock growing in small pots, please bring them to the meeting and take home a grafted plant using your rootstock, or share your extra rootstock with others. Remember to bring extra bags, labels, and a marker for the scion wood you collect!

Members who have paid WLA Chapter dues for 2016 and who bring in scions to share will get first choice of scion wood that they want to use in their own gardens. So, if you haven’t renewed for 2016, now might be a good time to send your dues to Andrée. You can also pay at the door. Please note that your CRFG, Inc. dues must be up-to date to be a chapter member! Please find information on the next page about how to collect and prepare your scion wood for sharing at the meeting.