Rare fruit growers to distribute fruit varieties to gardeners

On Jan. 13, the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers will hold its annual winter Scion Exchange at the Cabrillo College Horticulture Center in Aptos from noon to 3 p.m.

At this event, in coordination with fruit-growing enthusiasts around the state, local organizers will freely distribute cloneable cuttings (scions) from hundreds of common, rare, heirloom and experimental varieties of fruit.

Experienced local growers will be available to answer questions about fruit growing. Grafting demonstrations will provide an introduction for new growers to propagate their own unusual fruit trees.

Attendees are advised to come prepared with freezer bags, markers and masking tape to store and label their scions. Those who’d like to share their own disease-free plant material should bring it pre-cut, bagged, and labelled.

California Rare Fruit Growers has been operating locally via the Monterey Bay chapter since the 1980s.

Admission to the event is free for members or $5 for non-members. For information, visit mbcrfg.org.