Bio-Roger and his wife bought land in Valley Center in 1975 to grow kiwifruit. Unfortunately the standard green deliciosa did not do well as it required too much water and winter chill hours. Both the baby and yellow were different stories and did well on their property. By profession Roger was an Analytical Chemist for 30 years for Allergan Pharmaceuticals. He worked 5 days a week at Allergan and during the weekends was always on the farm with his plantings. During Novembers he always used vacation time to pack kiwifruit for growers near his farm. The water shortage of the 1990's made them remove all of the green kiwifruit, leaving them with the yellow and baby kiwifruit. They removed the green deliciosa plants and replaced them with new crops such as jujube or Chinese dates.
Come listen to Roger's tale and gain knowledge from his 38 plus years of experience with the kiwi. His insight will allow you to avoid costly mistakes and wasted time in growing this amazing fruit.
Roger will bring a few each of the baby kiwi (Actinidia arguta) and the yellow kiwi (Actinidia chinensis). He will have the green female (Vincent--Actinidia deliciosa) and may bring some males.
Wednesday, May 22
Starts at 7:00PM
Balboa Park, Casa del Prado, Room 101
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The San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers was created to educate people about rare fruits, to identify fruits that are adaptable to the local area, and to propagate and to exchange plant materials.
What do we do?
During the year, the San Diego Chapter has many activities related to growing rare, unusual and exotic fruits. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing fruits in the San Diego area and a desire to improve their gardening skills.
Our meetings cover a wide variety of subjects such as selecting rare or semitropical fruit trees, how to plant and take care of them, how enhance your garden with fruit trees, and what to do with your new source of food.
During our meetings, we have a raffle of rare and exotic plants, mostly scarce fruit trees, donated to the Chapter by our generous membership. We also have a fruit tasting table, where the members get to enjoy fresh fruit prepared in many ways.
In addition, members receive a monthly newsletter filled with information about activities of interest to San Diego gardeners, and recipes using exotic fruits.
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May 22, 2013