Welcome to the website of the California Rare Fruit Growers!

The California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world. We specialize in fruit not native to nor grown commercially in any given area; but our breadth of knowledge and experience covers the environmentally sound culture of any and all edible plants.  What we have learned is exchanged on this website, in our magazine The Fruit Gardener, on field trips and at meetings of our 23 chapters (not all in California!).  There we get to go face to face with noted international horticultural researchers, commercial growers, and representatives from institutions of higher learning… not to mention our passionate fellow hobbyists.  In addition, we run the annual Festival of Fruit,  have photography contests, grant college scholarships,  and hold our famous scion exchanges. Come on in!  The fruit is fine.

Please note:  We are a non-profit organization. We are not a business and do not sell fruit or fruit trees. We do hold annual scion exchanges at our chapters’ January or February meetings, where CRFG members can exchange scion wood and learn how to graft it to their own fruit trees. The chapters also host public meetings to educate those interested in learning how to grow and propagate fruit.


15 Comments Add yours

  1. Ralph says:

    My name is Ralph and I live in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. I am trying to locate and purchase several (many) miracle fruit plants.

    1. Ronald Naka says:

      Did you get the miracle fruit Plant

  2. Anne Frazee says:

    Wow! I didn’t know a website exists with this amount of information on rare fruit trees. My husband and I love to garden and love learning as we go. You are such a find!

  3. Paul Eckerson says:

    I retired early and started growing and grafting stone fruit trees. Google can’t answer my question. Or provide the information I’m interested in. What’s the best rootstock for starting a cocktail stone fruit tree? Are then any schematics available of cocktail trees? I’d love to share and swap scions. I’m in Lincoln NE. It is warmer in the winter here than it was when I was a kid that’s for sure. My information would be appreciated. A

  4. Andrew Dove says:

    Hello! My name is Andrew Dove, I am a community gardener in culver city. I’m curious of when the next meeting is. Also, is there a newsletter I can sign up for?

    Thank you.

    1. Ronni Kern says:

      Andrew, the West LA chapter meets in Culver City. You can find info on the chapter under Chapters up in the top menu. Its meetings are announced on its website and on its Facebook page. To receive our monthly newsletter you would have to become a member. Details re how to do that are on the website.

  5. Jagruti maniar says:

    I found this site from George who is working at Walter Anderson nursery and mentioned this is the best site to learn about rare fruits. I love it . Also. A fruit creek.
    Love to have more info.

  6. Dena Bergstrom says:

    I am a member out in Marin County. I heard there might be an organization in the midAtlantic area that centers around rare fruit growing . What can I say,” I’m bi coastal in Ca and Va. I’m always promoting ur organization in both coasts .

  7. Gilbert Gia says:

    Thank you for making your website information publically available. It is unmatched.

  8. Eric says:

    Hi folks
    I’m looking for Jan Boyce and gem scion wood or tree. Pls help direct me to who I might need to contact.



    1. Ronni Kern says:

      Eric, I would suggest calling Atkins in Fallbrook. They seem to be the go-to place for Avocados these days. https://www.facebook.com/AtkinsNursery/

  9. Carol Bee says:

    Just found you! Heavens, I feel so happy. Could you help me find a tomato tree that grows in Ecuador and other S. American climes? For true ceviche, the fruit is an absolute necessity. In the Peace Corps in 1965 and should have brought a few back for the seeds but…that was only 20 yrs ago on a visit. Duh on me. Thanks, will sign up. Hope you have something in N.CA. in CO but could do a drive.
    Carol Bee

    1. Ronni Kern says:

      Carol, what you are looking for is a tamarillo. The fruit have just been legally certified for importation into the US https://www.notyouraverageamerican.com/tree-tomato but it is discussed at length in our Fruit Facts Wiki https://crfg.org/wiki/fruit/tamarillo/ You should be able to find seeds at least online.

  10. Alfredo says:

    Hi my name is Alfredo, I live in El Paso , Texas and trying hard to make and plant outdoors a avocado tree , I’ve accomplished a few to make then grow up to 6ft but the weather is crazy in this area , I’m trying right now growing one on a pot and is about 2 ft and growing great but is winter time any suggestions on how to give proper care ?, I will appreciate your help . Thanks

    1. Ronni Kern says:

      Alfredo, we have a couple of semi-active affiliates in Texas and one in Arizona. You would probably get the most pertinent information from one of them. Check for contact info under Chapters.

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