Urgent PSA: For all California Fig Growers

The first alarm was sounded on the ourfigs.com forum three weeks ago.   Now the larvae of the Black Fig Fruit Fly (Silba adipata McAlpine) has been found from Santa Barbara south to at least Orange County.  The photo above is from Santa Monica.   If your unripe figs appear misshapen or prematurely dark or soft, please cut them open and check for larvae.  You can contact the state and they will send out inspectors who will take samples.  Their “bug docs” are currently trying to figure out a lure.

The folks at ourfigs.com are also worth joining as they independently track the infestation and hunt down solutions.  The fly has been endemic in other parts of the world so there is some research available.

If you — like the rest of the world — are buying more from Amazon these days…

…why not sign in to smile.amazon.com with your regular Amazon credentials and choose California Rare Fruit Growers as your designated charity?  It doesn’t cost you a cent more and helps us give you more of what you joined us for (well, except for fruit exchanges and face to face meetings in this Time of the Virus).

If you use the Amazon Shopping app on your phone, you can enable Smile in Settings.  Just tap “AmazonSmile” and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process.

And thanks from CRFG!

     

    Meetings

    Jorge Ochoa, Instructor in Horticulture at Long Beach City College, gives the West Los Angeles Chapter a brilliant talk on Passionfruit.As chapters provide information on upcoming meetings, they will be posted either on the Events calendar or on that Chapter’s page under Chapters.