Happy New Year! The Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association will be hosting a scion exchange for grafting fruit trees on January 20 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.
Ed Roberts Campus,
3075 Adeline Street, in Berkeley
located next to the Ashby BART station
This is a fantastic opportunity to increase fruit production in your yard, for free! "Scions" are dormant branches cut from desirable fruit-bearing varieties of trees, shrubs, and vines. Some plants don't reliable produce roots from vegetative cuttings, or their root system is not vigorous and does not support a healthy and productive plant. Scions are grafted onto "rootstock," a vigorous growing and often disease resistant plant variety with less desirable fruit or flowers. You can also graft scions to existing established trees to add more varieties of fruit without using more space in your garden.
There is a $5 entrance fee, and it is preferred but not mandatory to bring your own scions for trade. Here is some information on selecting and storing scion wood. There will also be grafting workshops and demonstrations, and you can even get assistance in grafting your new scions from knowledgable volunteers.
Grafting isn't just for woody plants though, in a future post we will talk about grafting vegetables, including the super popular "Pomato," a tomato plant grafted onto a potato plant! Now is the time for grafting before spring growth starts, hope to see you at the Scion Exchange!