Scion Exchange! Valentine’s Day @ 10 am

Meeting Site:  Veterans Memorial Building, Multipurpose Room, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City 90230 (note:  different, bigger & better room!)

Topic: Scion Wood Exchange and Grafting Demonstrations

We will have several grafting demonstrations, including using the common cleft graft, such as you would use with stone fruit, and the side veneer graft, such as you would use for avocados. You will be able to get up close and observe every detail of these techniques. Our grafters will be available to answer your grafting questions.

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. See the attached for more grafting examples.

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 or share your rootstock with others. Remember to bring extra bags, labels, and a marker for the scion wood you collect!

Members who have paid for 2015 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 2015, now might be a good time to send your dues to Andrée. Please find information on the next page about how to collect and prepare your scion wood for sharing at the meeting.

Please bring only healthy wood. Do not bring citrus wood, and do not bring wood from trees currently under patent, which includes many of the pluots. 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 under patent 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 can be found on the Internet; there is no guarantee that the lists are complete. Patent information on more tropical trees is not available as a list but can be obtained for individual trees on the Internet.

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