[NAFEX] Scion Storage
hangermayer at isp.com
Sun Oct 17 09:28:58 EDT 2010
I'm not an expert grafter, but I've had some problems w/ scion storage and
learned a few things about it. My only refrigeration is a frost/free
refridgerator which is also used for food. Our refridgerator doesn't seem
to keep a stable enough temperature to keep the scions from breaking bud
before it's time to take them out and graft them.
Placing the scions in a good quality sealed bag, placing the bag in a jug of
water, then placing the jug in the fridge seems to keep the temperature of
the scions stable enough to maintain dormancy.
No matter how good the bags, water sometimes slowly seeps in, so I check
them about once a month and remove any water inside the bags.
I used to use a disinfectant, but quit and haven't noticed any mold
problems. I don't seal the ends of the scions either.
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Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2010 7:37 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Scion Storage
> Given that winter is coming along soon, I would be curious to hear what
> folks on this list know about scion storage. I have been learning how to
> graft in recent years, and can now graft any common fruit tree reliably.
> I have heard considerable variation in scion storage techniques. So, if
> experienced grafters could answer the following questions, that would be
> most appreciated. I graft a wide diversity of trees.
> 1) Do you seal the cut end of your scions? If so, with what?
> 2) Do you put added moisture in the bag with stored scions (such as a
> damp paper towel, etc) or not?
> 3) Do you treat your scions with disinfectant prior to storage? If so,
> what do you use?
> 4) Do you use the same techniques on a diversity of trees?
> Thanks much!
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