Annual Scion Exchange... With Grafting Demonstrations!
This is our Chapter's biggest single event, free to members of our chapter and the public. In non-pandemic years it is held on the fourth Saturday of February and takes place at the Crops Unit, a large building on the Cal Poly campus.
At the scion exchange you will find rows of tables laden with bags of scion wood from a wide variety of trees. Attendees are invited to select and take home scions to graft to their own fruit trees, and to bring scions to share.
You will also find demonstrations by experienced grafters who will demonstrate various grafting techniques. These volunteers are members of CRFG and will do their best to answer all your grafting questions!
We also sell rootstock, grafting tape, budding tape, grafting "goop," grafting knives, bird netting, and pheromone loops for control of the apple worm.
What Should I Bring? Ziplocs, Paper Towels, Sharpie, Masking Tape
While some of these items may be available at the scion exchange, bringing your own will ensure you have enough for your needs.
Ziploc baggies, with one moist paper towel in each.
You'll wrap the paper towel around the base of your scion(s), label them with your tape and Sharpie (see below), and put them in your Ziploc bag. When you get home you'll put the baggie in the refrigerator (not the freezer!) until you're ready to graft your scions.
Sharpie pen: to label your scions and baggies
Masking or painter's tape: to wrap around scions for labeling
This video gives a detailed explanation about what to bring to a CRFG Scion Exchange. Thank you CRFG Golden Gate Chapter member John Valenzuela.