Propagation: Air layering Demo and Mango Festival

  • 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.

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  • Marianne W.

    Hope there will be many more ....

    July 14, 2013

  • andrea

    Bummer! The hillside clearing is going well, but there is SO much clean up to do. Have fun! Sounds like a wonderful day, but alas I will be cleaning up!

    July 14, 2013

  • michelle b.

    Family issues, sorry guys!

    July 13, 2013

  • Toshie H.

    I will go with my husband. Thank you,

    July 9, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Would you like me to bring some home roasted Ethiopian coffee?

    July 8, 2013

    • Stephanie

      Great Michelle, I'll bring my water boiler and my small Aeropress.

      July 9, 2013

    • Marianne W.

      I have an electric kettle

      July 9, 2013

  • michelle b.

    I will be there with mangos on my sleeves!

    July 6, 2013

    • Stephanie

      IOU coffee. C U then! Btw, loved the cob wall @ the fair!

      July 8, 2013

    • Marianne W.

      Yes the cobwall is great! We need to build one!

      July 8, 2013

  • andrea

    This sounds like the most amazing day! I have some friends volunteering to help clear my hillsides this weekend so I can plant them. If we finish in time I will be there with mangoes in hand!!

    July 8, 2013

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