Scions + Grafting + 2 New Bulbs/Tubers…

Today I had a great gardening-related day.

I drove over to San Francisco for the California Rare Fruit Grower’s 2006 Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange.

When I first went in, I was so overwhelmed by the number of bags of scions (cuttings). This was my first time at any gardening function like this and I didn’t know quite what to do… so I told the woman at the door that I’ve never been to anything like this and I asked what do people here.

She explained that you basically go through the tables of bags filled with scions and if you see something you like, take 1 or 2. Then take some tape and label your scion with the name that was on the bag. They had so many varieties of different fruit trees, like apples, pears, asian pears, peaches, asian and european plums, nectarines, pluots, figs, pomegranate, kiwi, grapes, mulberries, persimmons and more.

Their were many group members who were happy to answer your questions. One of they said that even if I didn’t know how to graft trees, there were some scions that can be rooted like the figs, kiwis and pomegranate. At 1pm the had a grafting demonstration, which was very informative. There’s nothing like actually seeing someone do it up close.

I made a flickr set ( link ) with some photos from the event. Clicking many of the photos below will link you there.

In total I got about 25 varieties of fruit scions:

– General Hand Gage European Plum
– Imperial French Plum
– Moyer Plum

– Heavenly White Nectarine
– Snow Queen Nectarine

– Baby Crawford Peach
– Dixon Cling Peach
– Indian Blood Cling Peach
– J M Mach Peach (*unsure about the name)

– Maru Orange County Persimmon
– Hyakume Persimmon
– Jiro Persimmon
– Suruga Persimmon

– Cannon Pear Main Apple (*unsure about the name)
– Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple
– Gala Apple

– Comice Pear
– D’Anjou Pear
– Easter Buerre Pear
– Warren Pear

– Shinko Asian Pear

– White Genoa Fig

– Arguta Kiwi (female)
– Hayward Kiwi (female)
– Hayward Kiwi (male)

– Eve Pomegranate (*unsure about the name)

Afterwards, I drove back to home to Vallejo, but first, I passed by Mid City Nursery to see if they had any grafting tape. They had so many bare rooted trees for sale. One of the nursery workers showed me a “4-in-1 Fruit Salad” tree grafted with Plum, Apricot, Peach and Pluot. The owner told me how his father just used electrical tape to cover the grafts that he made.

They also had a lot of bulbs and tubers for sale. I found two that I never seen before and really liked… so I purchased them:

Yellow Peruvian Daffodil (Hymenocallis ‘Sulphur Queen’) – not a real Daffodil, but a Spider Lily
Giraffe Dahlia – I’ve never seen a Dahlia like this

  • Wow! That looks like great fun! You got a good stash there too :)

    I just planted 2 Peruvian Daffodil bulbs. They’re creamy white,called Ismene. I can’t wait for them to bloom, they’re so cool looking! And it says they’re fragrant too :)

    • Yup yup, it was fun and very educational… and I have so many scions!

      I read that Ismene and Spider Lily are other names for Peruvian Daffodil. I can’t wait to see how they smell :)

  • Wow.

    Query: what’s your plan? How many “trees” do you expect to wind up with, and do you have room for them all? Or are you just going to experiment with grafting, and give away your successes?

    FYI — I bought some ginger at the Trader Joe’s yesterday. I see some nice “eyes” on the “fingers.”

    • I’m going to experiment with our trees in the back. We have 2 peaches, 1 nectarine, 3 persimmons, 4 or 5 apples (1 or them having 3 grafts already), a fig, 1 plums, 2 italian plum, 3 pears, 2 asian pears, 2 oranges and 1 grapefruit… so I have plenty to play with :)

      I’m also waiting for my next door neighbor to sell me his house, so I may also buy some bare roots now and plant them in 5 gallon pots, experiment with those, then plant them in “my” new house.

      Good luck with the ginger. I’ve never grown them, so I’m very interested in seeing how the flowers and foliage look like.

  • Do you know, I’ve been in the nursery biz for 24 years…have performed miracles with cuttings and the even more esoteric air-layering, and adequate good luck with seeds…but I’ve never learned grafting. Always wanted to, but never had the opportunity! Eh, maybe one day…

    Good scores with all those scions! I’m especially jealous of the persimmons. :)

    • Definitely, good for me :) I’m hoping it’s not as hard as it seems. I’ve never done it either because it looks intimidating, but now that I have scions, I have more of an incentive to try.

      Talk about jealousy… I’m jealous you’ve been in the nursery biz for that long and that you have great and unusual (to me) plants. You know I’m striving to have a garden like yours :)

  • I’ve always thought grafting would be fun, but I don’t really have a place to work with it. I like Asian Pears and I just heard about Indian Blood Peaches the other day. I bet they’re tasty! Good luck!

    • Thanks, turtleinashell… Grafting seems intimidating, but I’ll give it a try. All these people I see doing it make it seem like it’s a piece of cake :) It’s funny, because I have no clue about most of the varieties I got. I have to research online about them and hopefully get some pictures that I can print out for reference.