July 14, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Come and join us at our first monthly Propagation Sunday afternoon party.
The famous Jim Neitzel will give us a demonstration on the process of air layering. Air layering is a method of propagation in which a stem is rooted while still attached to the mother plant. This method is often described as the ideal method of obtaining more plants - you know exactly what you are getting since the new tree is basically a clone of the mother tree.
Since no Sunday Summer afternoon is complete without a treat, we thought we should have a Mango tasting and throw in some ice cream as well. But it's not going to be all fun and games. When we are done eating, hopefully sampling different varieties of Mangoes, we are going to learn how to retrieve the seeds and plant them properly to have lots of little Mango trees to graft next year. You get to take them home and take care of them.
If there is still time, or for those who last the longest, we will graft some Loquats. Did I mention that Jim has created several varieties which are commercially available now and one carries his name. If you thought that Loquats are a so so fruit, you will change your mind tasting one of Jim's varieties. For now, You have to take my word for it, but if you stick around the Sunday Afternoon Propagation Party, you surely will get to try some next spring.
If you see Mangos on sale, please pick some up. We will get a bunch as well and a donation to cover the cost of food and material will be highly appreciated.
We will have water, herbal tea and coffee, Mangoes and ice-cream. If you like something else, you need to bring it yourself.