March 16 Meeting: Chapter Members Share Their Expertise
Our annual plant sale is coming in April. Many of our chapter members grow plants at home that they donate to the sale. This month, four of our chapter's avid growers will share with us what they like to grow and some of the techniques they use.
  • Kaz Takata has been creating multi-grafted fruit trees for several decades. His presentation will be focused on his Big Jim loquat tree that now has over 80 additional loquat varieties grafted to it. Many of the grafts are of named varieties, some of which are rare. Others are from seedlings he grew to maturity and selected for their exceptional fruit.
  • Khaled Hassan, our chapter chair, will show us how he pre-roots certain fruit tree cuttings in water. He has had success with figs, sugarcane, mulberries and pomegranates using this technique.
  • Tree Krzewski talked to us last April about growing cane berries and bananas. At our last two meetings she brought in boxes of delicious fuzzy kiwifruit to sell, some of which were donated to our tasting table. Tree will now share with us what she has learned growing Actinidia deliciosa vines.
  • Norm Johnson has been generously hosting our Propagation Committee meetings at his home for several years. This is where chapter members can get hands-on experience planting seeds, potting up seedlings, rooting cuttings and grafting scion wood. At any one time, Norm is taking care of over 300 potted plants for our chapter, most of which are destined for our annual plant sale.

Opportunity Drawing
Isabel Barkman is bringing a Peppermint flowering peach to give away in our opportunity drawing. She has been tree-sitting this plant for the club since before COVID and it is now ready for a new home. This exceptionally beautiful variety is also a good rootstock for grafting fruiting varieties of peaches and other stone fruits.

We welcome your contributions for the tasting table.

Please join us this month in-person or on Zoom.
Thursday 3/16, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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:

Passcode: 558514

For more information contact Jeff Warner - [email protected]
Propagation Committee Meeting
March 4, 2023

Field Trips

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Recent Past Meetings and Events

February 16 Meeting: Tool Sharpening Workshop and Cherimoya Tasting
The winter months are generally the best time to do structural pruning of deciduous fruit trees, bushes and vines such as apples, figs, grapes, mulberries, pears, pomegranates and most stone fruits. It is much easier to decide what to remove while the branches are bare and the tree’s structure is clearly visible.

For the best results, pruning tools must be clean and sharp. Attend our February meeting when Orange County Master Gardeners Ed Andrade and Jon Shara will demonstrate how to properly maintain pruning tools.

This meeting will primarily be an in-person experience. Jon and Ed will start with a short presentation and then will work with small groups to clean and sharpen the pruning tools that you bring in.

Isabel Barkman will be at the tasting table with a variety of cherimoyas to try. A perfect time of year for sampling. While you are waiting for a turn at the tool sharpening station, you can visit our tasting table.

We welcome your contributions for the tasting table (anything that is in season: avocados, citrus, cherimoyas  )

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Santa Ana
Niedringhaus Hall
2555 Santiago St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

For our Zoom attendees, the meeting will be shorter than usual. We will begin with club announcements followed by a brief tool sharpening presentation.
Basic Pruning Cuts

January 19 Meeting: Grafting Demonstrations

In preparation for the Great Scion Wood Exchange (see below), a fabulous group of volunteers will be demonstrating various grafting techniques.

Some of the grafts that will be featured include:
  • Approach
  • Banana
  • Budding - Chip and T-Bud
  • Cleft
  • Crown Bark
  • Omega Grafting Tool
  • Whip and Tongue
Air-layering and Knife sharpening techniques will also be demonstrated.

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Santa Ana
Niedringhaus Hall
2555 Santiago St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Grafting & Knife Sharpening Demos 2023

January 21: The Great Scion Wood Exchange (GSWX 2023)
The plans are underway for our Great Scion Wood Exchange as usual at the Orange County Fairgrounds in the Millennium Barn.

We have decided upon a later start time (10 a.m.) to allow all the folks who are coming in from other counties a chance to get here!

The tables will be set up as usual for the scion wood inside the barn, however there will be no bare root tree or berry sale outside on the patio. Members dropping off scion wood and/or breakfast items may do so between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

Sally will be hosting the breakfast buffet again!

Note the new time: Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Millennium Barn in the Centennial Farm
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Parking and admission for the Centennial Farm is Free.
Click here for a map of the OC Fairgrounds.

For more information contact Dick Malueg - [email protected]

GSWX 2023

Cal Poly Pomona (Tour and Student Scholarship Presentation)

Saturday November 12, 9:30 am
Join us at Cal Poly Pomona for our annual student scholarship presentation. We will tour the greenhouses near the CPP Farm Store, visit the trial coffee grove and see an area of newly planted dragon fruit. We may also have the opportunity to tour the historic orange groves as well as the avocado block. 

The Farm Store and attached nursery will be open to purchase freshly picked crops, seasonal vegetable starts and Dave Wilson fruit trees.

4102 S. University Drive, Pomona

Ricardo's Nursery 
Sunday October 23, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Ricardo is one of our chapter members whose family specializes in growing and selling many hard to find central American/Mexican plants as well as a vast collection of pitahaya and mangos. Wait until you see a mature, vigorous growing Passiflora Ruby Glow! His award winning nursery also services the community offering an extensive variety of landscape plants! 

OC chapter members are invited to join us for a tour and education of many fruiting plants and trees that may be unknown to you. Learn about their origin and growing conditions and some may be available for sampling. Ricardo is also offering a discount on any purchase. 

6850 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach


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