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2024 Scion Exchange
January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mark your calendars for the 2024 Scion Exchange, to be held January 27, 2024. Hundreds of scions will be available for dormant varieties of fruit (apples, stone fruit and more), along with rootable cuttings of other fruits!
What Scions will be Available?
As scions are collected from around the Northern California Chapters, the names will be entered into our online Scion Database. The database lists what will be offered, and is continuously updated until the day of the exchange (so keep checking back for what’s new!). Consulting the list in advance will give you a chance to research varieties you are interested in.
Our scion exchange is enhanced by contributions from everyone who has interesting varieties to share! Please check these guidelines on how to prepare your scions for sharing, and how to add them to the database.
Admission Times as Follows:
- 12 noon: general public and non-volunteering CRFG members. We encourage everyone to purchase admission in advance at our Zeffy ticketing website.
- 11 a.m.: volunteers who came early to set up — details will be emailed to chapter members. Member volunteers do not need to pay admission.
- CRFG members who are bringing scions or other plant material to share, please come no later than 10:30 with your contributions so they can be placed correctly in the exchange. If your scions need cutting, please come at 10 a.m. and bring your clippers! Also, make sure to send your scion info (per the guidelines linked above) to the scion database so others can research the offerings.
Activities will include our usual: good fellowship with other fruit enthusiasts, hundreds of scions to pick from, rootstock sales, custom grafting and a grafting demonstration.
Apple, pear, krymsk (for stone fruit), and hopefully quince and plum rootstock will be available for $7 each or 5 for $30. Bring a plastic bag for any rootstock you hope to purchase.
New Activity: Garden Exchange
This year, we are adding a garden exchange to the scion exchange! We are encouraging people to bring garden-related items, in good, usable condition, that you no longer use but perhaps someone else might.
This could include pots, tools, seedling trays, irrigation parts, gardening books, plant cuttings, viable seeds or bulbs, soil amendments, fertilizers, pest control material, etc…
If bringing any pest or disease control materials, they must be in the original containers with the original labels in good readable condition.
Out of an abundance of caution, no citrus plants or cuttings will be allowed.
This year’s location is Soquel High School, 401 Soquel San Jose Rd, Soquel, CA 95073. The exchange is held in the main quad area.
Bring These Items to the Event
1. Ziploc bags to store your scions and to keep them fresh (label the bag with your name so it doesn’t get lost if you set it down)
2. Large plastic bags if you plan on purchasing rootstocks (to keep the roots damp)
3. Masking/Painters tape to label the scions you select
4. Sharpie, fine point, to write on the masking tape to label your scions