Welcome to the California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego Chapter!

July Meeting:

Mango Fandango

Guest Speaker: Tim Thompson, known as the Mango Professor.

Tim has spent over 40 years to develop new cold hardy mangoes that will withstand frost. All of the new varieties will tolerate low temperatures below 30 degrees for a limited time. He has temperature recording equipment in his field trial area for precise measurement. He also has frost nearly every winter with temps around 30 degrees and the new SoCal mango varieties are untouched. In the last 25 years, he has recorded temperatures in the mid 20's on three separate occasions.

Those freezes killed two large Manila mango trees! Most of the new varieties he is producing suffered damage but recovered. One mango he calls Antonio showed no damage. It bloomed normally in the Spring and produced a good crop of nice mangoes later in the fall so he doesn't actually know what the lower temperature limit is for that one.

More information on his non-tropical mango varieties is available on the website at www.SoCalplantbreeders.com.

And after the presentation, enjoy a complementary vanilla ice cream with slices of delicious mango, hosted by the San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers.

Wednesday, July 23th
Starts at 7:00 PM

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.

For other cities please visit our parent organization's web page at http://www.crfg.org. We also welcome suggestions on how to provide timely and specific information to everyone interested in growing rare fruits in San Diego.


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Last Updated: July 20, 2014