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LO O K I N G BAC K
THE SWEET HISTORY OF MAZZETTI’S
LOCAL BAKERY REMAINS A CORNERSTONE
FEBRUARY 2017 • Vol.2 • No.7
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Pacific Coast TV provides public access, training and more BY VANITHA SANKARAN
Pacifica’s Tigersharks cheer team makes triumphant return BY VANITHA SANKARAN
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hen my wife and I were looking for a home to buy in the frenzied real estate market of 1999, we stumbled on a tiny home in the back of Vallemar and fell in love. It was a funky place with wood paneling, low ceilings and shag carpets. But if you squinted really, really hard you could see the potential. Not that we would have any money left over to remodel if we got the house, but the bones were there if we did. The location was terrific, as it sat right up against the open space at the end of a cul-de-sac. We were charmed at how remote it felt while being just a couple of minutes from businesses, restaurants and schools. But the clincher was this amazing, mature rose garden that made you feel like you were in an arboretum. We imagined our home filled with cut flowers every spring and the subtle scent of the roses as we worked in the yard. Nervously we put down an offer — above the asking price. But this was 1999 and the housing market was booming. Our real estate agent called us and said the good news was that they didn’t reject the offer out of hand. The bad news was that they we asking for an additional $30,000 and the right to remove all the rose bushes off the property. We didn’t budge and lost what was our sixth straight house and a rose garden. Such were the times. Eventually, with the help of our very patient real estate agent, we did find a tiny home in Montara that we love still today. We have made it work for our family, and even planted a few roses. But I often wonder what would have happened if we’d gotten the home in Vallemar. It is a truly special area and whoever bought the home we dreamt of is no doubt enjoying it — flower garden or not. LOOKING FOR A PACIFICA HOME? If you are new to the area, look for our Neighborhoods magazine for a snapshot of 33 coastal neighborhoods from North Pacifica to Pescadero. And if you need a real estate agent, you’ll find a bunch of skilled locals in the following pages. PUBLISHER Bill Murray email@example.com EDITOR Clay Lambert firstname.lastname@example.org WRITERS Vanitha Sankaran Clay Lambert
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MAZZETTI CAKES HAVE GRACED MORE FUNDRAISERS AND CITY FUNCTIONS THAN YOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.
Mazzetti’s remains an institution in Pacifica By Paul Slavin
he delivery boy is sitting in a 1955 or ’56 Nash Rambler Metropolitan, which is about the only way we have of dating this photo. Well, the “Green Stamps,” “98 cent nylons” and the vintage Volkswagen help put it back in the 1950s. And when was the last time we had a Coastside Baby Contest? Pacific Manor Pharmacy lasted many years in this location, eventually moving across the freeway to the Manor Shopping Center. Sharp-eyed readers will have already recognized the
building and know that the next occupant was Mazzetti’s Bakery. Eighteen-year-old Rudy Mazzetti opened his doors on April 29, 1974. In the almost 43 years since, he, his wife, Julie, their three daughters, and longtime staff have achieved legendary status for both their incredibly delicious baked goods and their boundless civic generosity. Mazzetti cakes have graced more fundraisers and city functions than you could possibly imagine. They are truly a valued Pacifica institution. (And I don’t say that just because of the magnificent cake they made for our son’s
wedding a few years ago.) A surprising number of other Manor District family-owned businesses can boast of impressive longevity, including Anderson’s Swim and Scuba, Tam’s Cuisine of China, Seaview Tire and Brake, and Save More Meats, among others. It’s refreshing these days to find such stability, and a credit to those who have survived some perilous financial times. We hope to see you around for many years to come. Paul Slavin is the president of the Pacifica Historical Society.
Want to know more? Visit pacificahistory.org to learn more about the Pacifica Historical Society and programs at the Pacifica Coastside Museum. Board meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Little Brown Church museum, 1850 Francisco Blvd.
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Pacifican Scott Holiday and his daughter Kacie will bring their songwriting talents to A Grape in the Fog this month. The father-daughter duo plays originals and covers. Don’t be surprised if you hear Beatles and country tunes in the mix, since Scott Holiday plays in separate Beatles and honky-tonk bands. When: 7 to 10 p.m., Feb. 24 Where: 400 Old County Road More info: agitf.com
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Billed as the oldest surviving punk band, The Dickies cruise into Winter’s Tavern in February. Staples of the L.A. punk scene in the late 1970s, the Dickies are known for rapid-fire covers and outlandish stage shows. This is definitely something to see. When: Opening acts begin at 7 p.m., Feb. 3 Where: 1522 Francisco Blvd. More info: winterstavern.com
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Legendary Hawaiian slack key guitar player Led Kaapana has thrilled the world over 40 years. He is known for charming audiences with his stage presence and prowess with island instrumentation. You don’t have to look far to find “Ledheads” everywhere. When: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4 Where: 1220 Linda Mar Blvd. More info: pacificaperformances.org
That is the title of an ongoing exhibit by the Art Guild of Pacifica. The art may confuse or simply be free from common constraints. It’s at the West Gallery within the Sanchez Art Center early in February. When: 1 to 5 p.m., weekends through Feb. 12. Where: 1220 Linda Mar Blvd. More info: sanchezartcenter. org
Who doesn’t love Peanuts? Luckily, there is still time to catch the Spindrift Players production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical. This is a revised version, complete with additional music. When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through Feb. 12. Where: 1050 Crespi Drive More info: pacificaspindriftplayers.org
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PACIFIC COAST TV PROVIDES PUBLIC ACCESS, TRAINING AND MORE
By Vanitha Sankaran Photos by John Green
tâ€™s a rainy day and Marty Anaya, executive director of Pacific Coast TV, has a moment to talk about PCTV, its storied history, its impact on the community, and plans for driving broadcast content in the future. His passion and ability to multitask is on full display as he interchangeably speaks about the new computers he is evaluating for the studio, the changing demographic of the Coastside and how people get their programming, and what public access even means in the first place.
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In between, he points out various local and national awards that decorate the studio hallway and lobby. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” he says, “but we do take our mission very seriously.” That mission revolves around the acronym PEG — Public, Education and Government — and refers to the three vital public interest areas that are the enterprise’s bread and butter. A good example of such programming is C-SPAN on cable news, which offers an unbiased look at the proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. While sometimes dry and somewhat tedious, C-SPAN and programming like that which it provides are the best alternative to combat “fake news” and the biased journalism many decry.
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Anaya offers the insight that PCTV is “like your local C-SPAN, that is gavel-togavel coverage of the sausage getting made.” He advocates for how important it is to see government in action, whether at the local or national level, and for people to see what goes into the laws being made. “We have a role with public access that we present what goes on without editorializing,” he said. In fact, that is a tenet PCTV pioneered decades ago, and which other public access stations have adopted. Of course, local government coverage is only part of the PEG mission. PCTV takes pride in offering programming in all three, whether that is coverage of school board meetings or programming that can draw in non-English speakers who might not have a good way of getting factual information on politics and city matters.
Left, Martin Anaya is executive director of Pacific Coast TV. He notes the organization helped set the bar for similar community broadcast outfits. At right, operations coordinator Jason Francisco works in the audio booth.
Training and facilities One of the benefits of being a Pacific Coast TV member is being able to take advantage of the various training workshops held on the basics of media. They include how to work a camera and audio board, studio operations, editing and even how to make a TV program. The idea is give people a rudimentary start to broadcasting skills and let them play from there. Workshops are held in both Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, though offerings differ between the two. The Pacifica facility consists of a studio with three to six cameras and space for multiple sets, a green room, a studio for one-person operation and a control room. There is also a media lab equipped with computers, laptops and cameras available for checkout as well as an audio operator board. The new Half Moon Bay facility boasts a “studio in a box” that is a completely mobile broadcasting tool. For more information on tours and workshop schedules, please call (650) 355-8001.
A sample PCTV offers a range of programming from local city council and school board meetings to auctions and coverage of special events such as FogFest. Member videos often provide local flavor and can focus on topics such as coastal wildflowers, pickleball, and forums on women’s empowerment. There have also been programs on important local topics like sea level rise and discussion of candidates for area elections. The long-running “Bruce Latimer Show” offers live local music broadcast from the studio in Pacifica, while “Pacific Coast Spotlight” shares local adventures and gems with viewers. Full programming details can be found at http://pacificcoast.tv/page/ watch-live.
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Alejandra Gularte is part of the local staff at Pacific Coast TV. The broadcast station has been a part of Pacifica for 40 years.
Anaya points out “these voters could be isolated if not for us and people like us.” The station works hard to present just the facts for Education and Government programming, but the Public part is a different game entirely. “Political and cultural discourse, performances and opinion shows all come with the standard disclaimer that the views presented are those of the individual, not the station,” Anaya says. “We’re fortunate that we don’t have too many controversial shows but even still, it’s good to have different opinions up there on our electronic soapbox.” Actually, getting more Coastsiders invested and engaged in PCTV’s programming is one of Anaya’s goals and to this end, he is upgrading the studio’s master control.
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Essentially, master control is what’s used to aggregate signals and shows and then send them out to different platforms, via antennae, cable and the internet. “In this new world,” he says, “we’re spitting out content in various different capacities.” After the new master control is installed this month, PCTV will be able to offer instant video on demand on its website, free and not beholden to any technology. That means PCTV content can be accessed via different distribution points, such as YouTube, Roku, and Apple TV. The content will all be digh-definition and programming can even be interactive. People can upload content like a new blog to share live, take calls, and truly engage “on a hyperlocal level.” Anaya references PCTV’s long history
of setting the rules for quality public access programming in framing these new advances. “PCTV literally wrote the book in terms of procedures that govern public access (such as non-editorializing),” he said. From the very beginning of the awardwinning studio’s origins more than 40 years ago, the organization has made the rules, and other public access centers followed that lead. Says Anaya, “just as we were the frontrunners back in the day, so too will we be in this new era of technology.” PACIFICA For more information on PCTV, its history, programming and opportunities, please visit http://pacificcoast.tv/.
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PACIFICA’S TIGERSHARKS CHEER TEAM MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN
By Vanitha Sankaran Photos courtesy Pacifica Tigersharks
n today’s competitive society, where everyone is trying to find an edge, the idea that we are all winners is going by the wayside. But, not for the Pacifica Tigersharks and their Junior PeeWee Cheer Squad. They take the idea that anyone, whether experienced in cheer or not, can learn together, practice together, and win together. And they prove it, from local competitions to the national championship title at the 2016 Pop Warner Cheer Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando. No other cheer squad in all of Pacifica at any level, including high school, has ever captured a national title. That makes the recent win a historic accomplishment, not just for the Tigersharks, but for the entire city of Pacifica. Dave Mercurio, president of the Pacifica Tigersharks and Cheer Team, explains the team’s strength comes from members’ attitudes, hard workand willingness to help each other. The mission of the overarching Pop Warner Football and Cheer
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The Junior Pee Wee cheer team representing the Pacifica Tigersharks Pop Warner football and cheer program brought home a national title after the 2016 Pop Warner Cheer Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
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The regular cheer season runs from August through October and costs from $100 to $150, plus the cost of cheer shoes. The fee includes uniforms, facilities costs and other supplies. Teams qualifying for Nationals will have to pay for travel but fundraising generally offsets those costs. No experience is required to join, and cheer teams are available for boys and girls from 5 to 15. Cheerleaders should expect to work hard and be available for all practices, games and competitions. Because the Pacifica Tigersharks are an all-volunteer organization, a parent is expected to volunteer 10 hours during the season. For more details on the teams and the types of volunteer activities available, visit the Tigersharks’ website at pacificatigersharks.com.
The ability to show their excitement went a long way toward winning the Pacifica Tigersharks Junior Pee Wee cheer team a national title. organization is to give cheerleaders an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cheer and participate in organized football games. That means anyone who is interested in cheer is allowed to participate. Pop Warner works on a firstcome first-served basis, without tryouts. “That’s always interesting,” Mercurio says, “because we never know what we have to start with.” Participants can join with no experience at all or with expertise in sports, dance and tumbling. “It’s a unique structure because it doesn’t matter what you know coming in. We’re all going to do it together.” More than 325,000 kids participate in Pop Warner each year, with teams coming from seven regions across the country. Roughly 10,000 qualify for the nationals. The Tigersharks have competed in the National Championships before,
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participating 10 times over the course of the last 15 years. The 2014 team placed fourth. It was the only time the team placed in the top five, until now. The path to the top is not easy. Practice begins in August, five days a week from 6 to 8 pm outside at Terra Nova High School. The first two weeks focus on conditioning and cheers in preparation for the season’s games. From September through November, the team moves to three weekly practices out at Oddstad Elementary School, where they learn and practice competition routines. This year the team participated in its first competition in October, the Peninsula Pop Warner Invitational Cheer Competition. Not only did the Tigersharks take first place, but they also scored the highest in age group across all levels. A few weeks later, they repeated the feat at the Peninsula Pop
Warner Championships. That’s when the competition heated up. Thirty-two different associations had teams competing in the next stage — the regionals. To compete in the nationals, they had to place first or second. Mercurio’s wife, Nicole, the cheer athletic director, points out the skills needed in a winning team. “They have to be good at tumbling, have to have good facials, smiling and showing their excitement, and they have to be disciplined. They have to want to work.” And work they did, all the way up to the nationals, held on Dec. 7 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The team competed at the HP Field House Arena in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. “It’s a huge complex,” Mercurio recalls, “built for different sports. For example, the Atlanta Braves have trained
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there.” The PeeWee competitions were all held on one day. “This year our team had something special going on,” he continues. “Last year there was some question about illegal jumps being used. The girls never forgot that and were determined to knock it out of the park.” In fact, the team ended up wowing the crowd with skilled tumbling and showy basket tosses and handsprings. Mercurio admits he’s more of a football guy than someone who understands the intricacies of cheer, but after seeing his team’s performance he couldn’t help but think, “Hey, we’ve got a real chance here.” When it came time for awards, they patiently watched the fifth, fourth and third place awards handed out. “If we got second it would have been phenomenal,” he says, “but it wasn’t us. Then when we heard we got first, the whole place went nuts.” The team — all girls this year — and their parents couldn’t be more thrilled. All of a sudden, the hours of work, not just in practice but in fundraising, maintaining their school grades and supporting each other, became worth it. “These memories will last a lifetime,” Mercurio said. “It still doesn’t feel like it’s real. These girls are just amazing.” PACIFICA
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BIGGEST TIDES OF YEAR GIVE GLIMPSE OF WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE MIGHT BRING
By Vanitha Sankaran Photos by John Green
“THE NEWS TENDS TO FOCUS ON TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN TERMS OF STORIES ABOUT POLAR BEARS, WHICH IS GREAT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN POLAR BEARS, BUT CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS OUR LIVES HERE ON THE COAST, TOO.” — MARINA PSAROS, FOUNDER OF CORAVAI
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ne of the treasures of living on the coast is experiencing the moods and personalities of our ocean. We often stop to appreciate those beautiful sunny days, when the water sparkles in different shades of blue and the beach invites that true gratitude for the beauty of where we live. But some days the thrill of the ocean has a different appeal. It’s strength and its force are on full display and we acknowledge the destruction it can cause. This side of our waves is best captured during “king tides.” The term “king tides” is actually a popular phrase rather than a scientific one and simply refers to the highest tides of the year. All tides are affected by the combination of the gravitational forces exerted on earth by the moon and sun, and the rotation of the earth. When the earth, sun and moon align, we experience tides than are higher than the yearly average. These king tides typically occur in early January each year and diminish to their lowest six months later, in July. When these tides occur in connection with a storm or flood, water levels can be higher than expected and can cause a lot of damage to coastal communities. With climate change also affecting weather patterns around the world, the effects of king tides become even more substantial. The California King Tides Project was launched in 2010 as a way of documenting the visual changes seen during king tides from season to season. The project began as a collaboration between state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations. It has since expanded worldwide and is aimed at getting local citizens involved in measuring sea level rises in their own backyard. Marina Psaros, founder of Coravai, a
communications and research consulting firm specializing in environmental issues, points out that getting locals to take photos of king tides is “such a good way to get people to see how sea level rise affects all of our communities specifically.” The project goals are twofold: Educate the public about sea level rise in their towns so they understand risks and can be part of possible solutions, and create a catalog of sea level and flood risk data for researchers and decisionmakers. Citizen science, that is getting everyone out there collecting data with phone cameras and observations, is key. “The news tends to focus on talking about climate change in terms of stories about polar bears, which is great if you are interested in polar bears,” said Psaros. “But climate change affects our lives here on the coast, too.” She got involved with the California King Tides Project in 2009, when it started as a pilot in California, Oregon and Washington. At the time, she was working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the idea of getting everyday citizens involved in global climate science was exciting. The project has since expanded well beyond the shores of the Pacific Northwest but the results of gathering images that track the king tides over the years has had an immediate effect at home. “These images help folks at the county level investigate and plan around our vulnerabilities to flooding,” Psaros said. In Pacifica, one of these vulnerabilities is Beach Boulevard and the area near Pacifica Pier. The coastal apartments on Esplanade are of particular concern. City of Pacifica officials have been working since 2010 to shore up the cliff beneath the apartment buildings. However, with accumulating damage from storms and the building owner’s own financial situation, the apartments have been evacuated and are in the process of being demolished. Lorie
The California King Tides Project aims to use input from citizen scientists and photographers to show the danger of rising tides. Organizers say it’s crucial to get ordinary people involved in understanding climate change. Tinfow, Pacifica city manager and director of emergency management, explains that “according to a recent independent analysis and reports of significant bluff erosion by the city’s geotechnical consultant, it’s confirmed that the vacant building at 310 Esplanade poses a significant risk to public health and safety and needs to be demolished.” She said that storm-driven waves have accelerated erosion of the adjacent bluffs, presenting a clear danger to residents. She added that demolishing the structure is the only way to prevent it from crumbling to the beach below. The decision to demolish the building in light of unpredictable erosion was reached based on reports of damage and risk assessment, and that is exactly what the California King Tides Project aims to give coastal communities. “We’re removing ourselves from the politics and conversation about whether climate change is real,” says Psaros. “Let’s just
encourage people to observe what’s going on for themselves.” Observations from citizen scientists so far have contributed to a large database of images and tide measurements that climate modelers are using in their own work. The best part about the enthusiasm surrounding the king tides, Psaros says, is that it has led to work with younger people. She shares a memory of attending a community engagement project a few years back and realizing the attendees were all older people. It made sense, given the meetings can be dry and are held at times when kids are usually in school. But the observation triggered an important thought process for Psaros: How do we do a better job of getting young people involved in issues that affect them, too? Her answer was to use new technology and curricular resources to have kids take data out in the field. The direct hands-on involvement has already borne fruit. In
Redwood City, kids made a presentation to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on environmental justice and how low-income immigrant communities tend not to be heard even though they live by the water and are directly affected by sea level rise. Supervisor Don Horsley, a former science teacher, is a great supporter of the project and has given funding and attention to their fieldwork. “It’s the next generation of citizen scientists,” Psaros says, “getting invested in what climate change really means to them.” PACIFICA
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Edgemar Park is a perfect spot for relaxing in the neighborhood. Photo Google maps. 24
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Pacifica is dotted with small, neighborhood parks perfect for a destination on an evening stroll, reading a book in the grass, or celebrating a child’s birthday.
There is a restroom facility, and dogs are allowed — but on leash only. Dog walkers are required to pick up dog waste immediately.
The Edgemar Park on Winwood Avenue is a prime example. This small jewel has a little playground, a swing set, a couple of permanent barbecue grills, several picnic tables and some grassy knolls great for kicking a soccer ball or tossing a football.
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The Edgemar Park has been unofficially adopted by many of the locals and on numerous occasions, residents can be found weeding, collecting trash and planting trees and flowers. They are proud of their common area and it shows. Although Pacifica never gets too hot, those seeking shade can find it under the mature cypress trees growing in the center of the park. Otherwise, on clear days, much of the park is bathed in sun. There is no offical parking area, but there is street parking for about five or six cars and more parking can be found in the neighborhood. For more information about Edgemar Park or other Pacifica Parks, call 738-7381.
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Want to combine a treat with your park day? You’re in luck. Just around the corner, on Ocean Boulevard, is one of the sweetest businesses in Pacifica. Literally. In business for more than 40 years, this familyowned business serves up French or Danish pastries, breads and rolls, cakes, cookies and pies. Hankering for a donut and cup of coffee? They have that too. And as good as the treats are, the cakes are their real claim to fame. They’ll do everything from a simple chocolate layer cake for you child’s birthday to the most elaborate, multi-tiered wedding cake. They have plenty of ideas, but if you’ve got some ideas in mind, they can turn them into a delicious masterpiece. Our personal favorite? The cannoli are to die for. 101 Manor Drive, Pacifica. (650) 3551007. http://www.mazzettisbakery.com
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How to graft a favorite plant
lants can be propagated in various ways, including grafting. Grafting involves slicing off a piece from one plant and connecting it to another to create a new plant. Grafting can be an interesting hobby, and even novice gardeners can become skilled at grafting. Grafting is actually botanical surgery. The grafted parts eventually grow together to form a single grafted plant, which will produce leaves, a stem, flowers or fruit on top known as a scion. The bottom part of the graft is known as the rootstock. Production of grafted plants requires time, and grafting involves more than just propagating plants from seeds or cuttings. But the benefits of grafting include the propensity for grafted plants to flower or bear fruit more quickly than traditional plants. Grafting also can help a plant thrive, by selecting a root system adapted to a particular climate. Grafting is particularly advantageous when one wants to produce a plant that is an exact duplicate of the parent plant. Planting from seeds can produce inconsistent results. If grafting seems like something you want to try, consider the following tips. Seek help from experienced grafters. Many grafters work at nurseries or in the research field. If they’re too busy to work with you, you can likely find a video online that can show you the proper techniques.
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• Invest in a quality, sharp knife. According to horticulture expert and teacher Dr. Malcolm Manners, grafting requires very sharp cuts. The knife needs to be razor sharp for it to be effective. Dull knives and cuts can sabotage your grafting efforts. Do test cuts first. Before you decide to work on a plant, select a trial stem to practice on. This can give you a better feel for making smooth, precise cuts. • Purchase high-quality rootstock plants. The rootstock plant is the plant that provides a root system and base. Rootstock is bred to have certain qualities, whether it’s to put more plant energy into producing flowers or fruit or to be more durable. Choose compatible plants. Not every scion can be grafted on every rootstock. You likely will need a related species or genus for success. Speak with a horticulturist if you need assistance. Work quickly so that grafts do not dry out. As you become more experienced, this will be easier to do. Grafting is a technique that can produce true plants and may help generate new but similar species. Plant lovers may want to give it a try and see if grafting is for them.
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