California Protea Association
October, 2015
Happy Autumn CPA Members! Our next General Meeting is in less than 2 weeks. Please put it on your calendar. You don't want to miss this one.

The fall season brings cooler temperatures (any time now!) and host of autumn tasks, like: 
  • Attending the Fall General Meeting
  • Getting new plants in the ground
  • Preparing for the El Nino rain storms
    (more about that below). 
IPA Conference, Australia 
 President's Report 
Sat. October 24, 1:30 pm 
VFW Hall Fallbrook 
Our president, Mel Resendiz represented the California Protea Association at the conference and will be telling us all about it at the next General Meeting, October 24. Don't miss it.


With the beautiful backdrop of Western Australia's unique flora, and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the world-renowned Kings Park, the XVII International Protea Association Conference held in Perth was truly inspiring. The educational programs were rich and varied, with speakers from around the globe discussing new ornamental species, breeding, cultivation, post-harvest handling and marketing plus exciting new developments in the Proteaceae and Australian wildflower industries.

To see photos and read more, click to the

El Nino - Are We Prepared? 
Rain is a good thing, and yes we sorely need it. But can too much of a good thing backfire? What if we get too much, too fast?  Let's think about things we can be doing to protect our protea fields from erosion if light and happy rain turns into hurricane. Here are some of the things members have been talking about recently:

1. Mulch by repurposing deadheads. When pruning plants, instead of stacking and picking up stems, toss the cuttings between rows to slow water runoff.

2. Guide the rivers. Notice how the runoff naturally wants to flow. Then help direct it away from plants by trenching and adding rocks.

3. Slow it down. Fast moving rivers do more damage than slow moving "babbling" brooks. Add branches and stones to slow the flow.

4. Place a stone berm around plants. Not to collect water, but to add weight and prevent the soil from washing downhill.

What else have you done? Please come to the next meeting ready to share your ideas. 

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