Meetings

April 18 Meeting: Propagation Committee

The Orange County Chapter’s Propagation Committee provides a place for members to learn about propagating plants, and especially gives neophytes a place to hone their grafting skills in a no-pressure environment. Martha Haber, the committee’s facilitator, will discuss how the program has evolved, and several dedicated members will share their thoughts about what they’ve learned and the fun they’ve had as members of the committee over the years, and how the committee has benefited both the members and the chapter as it’s grown.

Thursday 4/18, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring fresh fruit from their garden and other snacks to share at the tasting table.
 
This meeting can be attended in person and on Zoom.

First Congregational Church of Santa Ana

Niedringhaus Hall
2555 Santiago St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Join the meeting on Zoom at 7:30 pm (PST) with the following link: 
Martha (in blue-green shirt) leads a group of volunteers for a morning of planting seeds, potting up cuttings and grafting budwood onto seedling rootstocks

Cyndi grafting an avocado

Isabel, Martha, Norma and John grafting bareroot persimmon rootstock plants

Events

Saturday April 20 - The 2024 Annual Plant Sale 

Are you interested in growing varieties of avocado, cherimoya, coffee, dragon fruit, fig grape, lucuma, lychee, mulberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, Surinam cherry, and other delicious fruits?

We are holding a one-day fruit tree sale in Santa Ana.

Day: Saturday, April 20
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until inventory is exhausted)
Location 
The Original Manassero Farms
(fruit stand and Christmas tree lot)
18921 E. 17th St., Santa Ana (Tustin side)

Click here to view  Google Maps

As in previous years, there will be a large selection of interesting and rare varieties of fruit trees grown by our members and sold at reasonable prices. While this is our club's major fund raiser for the year, we price the plants to encourage others to join us in our passion for growing fruit trees, bushes and vines of all kinds.

The list of plants can be found here. It is a work-in-progress and grows daily as our members submit their lists of plants that they will be donating to the sale.

We will have many of our chapter's experts on hand to answer your questions.

Arrive early for the best selection!

Don Winterstein advising customers at the 2023 sale
A few of the plants offered at the 2023 sale


Rose Apples 

Black Sapotes

Bananas

Recent Past Meetings

March 21 Meeting: Growing Promising New Fruits in SoCal (Tips and Tricks in Matching the Growing Environment)

Our speaker this month, Joseph Kanach, is at true California 'Rare' Fruit Grower. Joe travels to South and Central American in search of rare and exotic species that he then offers as seeds and seedlings through his online nursery, Hapa Joe's. He will share his techniques for successfully growing these tropical plants in the subtropical Mediterranean climate of Southern California.

Joe is a biomedical engineer by training, has a passion for teaching science and has been a teacher for 20 years. After COVID, he followed his other passion of growing rare and unknown fruit trees. He started a small niche nursery and traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, and extensively throughout Brazil to find exotic fruits. This year he is back in the classroom and growing and testing many of the species that he hopes to grow in SoCal.

Click here to explore the many exotic species of Annona, Duguetia, Eugenia, Plinia, Poureria and the other tropical fruit seeds and seedlings offered at Hapa Joe's Nursery.

Joe will be selling various seedling at the meeting that he says will grow well in SoCal. Plinia (Jaboticaba), Eugenias, Campomanesia and Myrciaria from the Myrtaceae family. Biriba, Illama, and other rare annonas. These will be offered at a 50% discount. He can accept payment in the form of cash, PayPal, Venmo and Cash App. 

Thursday 3/21, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring fresh fruit from their garden and other snacks to share at the tasting table.
 
This meeting can be attended in person and on Zoom.

First Congregational Church of Santa Ana

Niedringhaus Hall
2555 Santiago St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706


Joe collecting fruit from a Mulchi tree (Plinia inflata)


Joe's favorite fruit: Duguetia stelechanta

Join the meeting on Zoom at 7:30 pm (PST) with the following link: 

For more information contact Jeff Warner