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Post 2014 Scion wood exchange
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone involved in the 2014 HOS Scion Wood Exchange. There were knowledgeable people and LOTS of varieties. Thank you to all the volunteers, the society and all those who donated. This was my third year and it was just as exciting as the first. I can't wait for next year!
Have a great day!


Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:30 pm
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Post Re: 2014 Scion wood exchange
I heard there were over a thousand in attendance yesterday - and it appeared to be a success to me, too! I think holding it on a Sunday worked well, folks had ‘their Saturday’ to get things done around home (including some of us) then finish off the weekend with the HOS …wonder where we’ll be next year…

Working at the grafting tables, I forgot to bring in my ‘After care’ sheets for those I put trees together for …and I noticed the Society did not provide any this year. We did provide (along with their $5 grafting charge) a blank metal name tag for each tree.

I suggested anyone with questions ‘post them here’ – or at least somewhere on these boards … and this looks to be as good a place as any 8)

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Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:36 pm
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Congrats on your successful scion exchange!

You know, it's got me thinking about what it would take to start an extension of the HOS here in Ohio. I'd also like to start a scion exchange here as well. People aren't as into fruit here as they seem to be in the PNW, unfortunately, but I'd like to change that mentality. Does anyone have any tips or advice? Thanks!


Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:50 pm
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Location: Portland, OR
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Sohoppy-They have one in PA that may not be too far away. I would try to meet others, maybe through master gardeners or Garden Web. Many people in isolated areas do snail mail scion exchanges. Some nurseries sell scion.

This seemed to be the busiest and longest lasting rush at the scion exchange that I can remember. At the advice table we're used to getting a big rush between 10 and noon, but it kept going for many hours. Maybe more people are getting into this.

Eithius-I couldn't believe the first time I went to the scion exchange. I thought I was a kid in a candy store. Only this candy is good for you. I still feel that way too.
John S
PDX OR


Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:44 pm
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Post Re: 2014 Scion wood exchange
For the last several years my wife and I have wanted to make the drive to Oregon for the scion exchange, but could not due to a conflict in schedules. We finally made it this year and were delighted. You people were most helpful and friendly. It was our first trip to Oregon and we were doubly delighted by that. Thank you for making this event open to the public, even those from Southern Colorado. I have nearly finished with the 200 or so grafts for this year, and if I can find a place for additional trees, we will make the drive again next year.

Again, thank you! We were truly delighted.


Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:04 am
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Glad you could make it out. Thanks for coming all that distance. We don't realize what a great thing we got going.
John S
PDX OR


Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:22 pm
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I attended the Spring Propagation Fair in Eugene again this year and I had a wonderful time. I know that "kid in the candy store" feeling as well! It's also great to able to give away plants, scions and cuttings to other folks and chit chat with the old-timers.
One question: is there any place to view the "after care sheet" you mentioned? I always wonder about where to put my newly-grafted trees- the greenhouse, inside, outside in the shade, etc.


Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:11 pm
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peachman wrote:
One question: is there any place to view the "after care sheet" you mentioned? I always wonder about where to put my newly-grafted trees- the greenhouse, inside, outside in the shade, etc.


Hi peachman, the following is a link to a thread I moved up with regard to ‘aftercare.’ …there should be no reason to keep them inside a greenhouse if you’ve a permanent location ready. Walnuts and Persimmons may benefit from the warmth of a greenhouse, but the usual suspects will come along just fine outside. Here’s the link:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4041

peachman wrote:
I know that "kid in the candy store" feeling as well! It's also great to able to give away plants, scions and cuttings to other folks and chit chat with the old-timers.


what’s weird, is after …around thirty years… beginning to feel like one of those old-timers :roll:

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Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:58 pm
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Me too, even though I haven't quite been in HOS for that long.
John S
PDX OR


Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:48 pm
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Thanks Viron!
Yeah John, I must seem like an "old-timer" to some of the young people at the Fair! :lol:


Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:41 am
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