Time: 10 a.m.
Meeting site: New location: Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd.
Directions: Mar Vista Library is on Venice Blvd. about 3 ½ blocks east of Centinela and just west of Inglewood.
Bruce Blavin will give a grafting demonstration of the common cleft graft, such as you would use with stone fruit, and the side veneer graft, such as you would use for avocados. Glen Woodmansee will give a demonstration using a chisel and black electrical tape, showing how to use a special cleft graft for feijoas. You will be able to get up close and observe every detail of these techniques and both Bruce and Glen will be available to answer your grafting questions.
With grafting, you can build your own fruit tree, with multiple varieties of apples, sapotes, cherimoyas, citrus, 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. A special bonus will be some rare feijoa scions which have not been available in the past but have been recently imported. If you have root stock growing in small pots, please bring them to the meeting and take home a grafted plant or share your rootstock with others. Remember to bring extra bags, labels, and a marker for the scion wood you collect!
Members paid for 2014 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 2014, now might be a good time to send your dues to Andrée.
Please bring only healthy wood. Do not bring citrus wood, and do not bring wood from trees currently under patent. The request to bring no citrus comes from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Our entire area of Southern California is under quarantine for the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), the insect that spreads Huanglongbing (HLB). HLB has already destroyed one third of the Florida Citrus crop! Please do not spread this tree-killing disease. For more information, see: Save Our Citrus http://www.saveourcitrus.org/index.php/citrus-greening. Let’s help keep HLB from destroying the citrus industry in California. Don’t move any citrus wood, buds, or plants.
Patents:It is very important that our chapter not distribute scion wood from patented trees. Patents on new varieties of fruit trees are long lasting, generally 20 years. For example, the Robada Apricot was patented in 1997 and will remain underpatent for another few years. Minnie Royal and Royal Lee cherry trees are under patent until 2020. On the other hand, the Flavor King Pluot went off patent in 2011.
A reference list of patented fruit trees is here and will also be available at the meeting; there is no guarantee that the list is complete. Patent information on more tropical trees is not available as a list but can be obtained for individual trees on the internet.