[NAFEX] Scion storage in freezer?

Richard O'Barr aatopgunaa at mindspring.com
Tue Jan 27 11:24:01 EST 2004


My worker put some pecan wood in the refrigerator freezer by mistake over 24
hrs. I grafted it anyway and could see brown areas but got about 50% takes.
I think it is a bad idea.

Topgun

Zone 7
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Anton Callaway" <marillen at earthlink.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:51 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Scion storage in freezer?


> I seem to recall that Hilltop nursery used to describe in at least one of
their catalogs back in the '80's that they stored scionwood by freezing it
in solid blocks of ice until the rootstocks were ready.  It is not mentioned
in the old catalog that I saved, so I may have some important detail wrong.
If this worked, it seems like it would be ideal for keeping wood completely
dormant until the stocks were in prime condition- perhaps especially good
for stone fruit grafting.
>
> Does anyone  have any experience with this kind of storage?
>
> Anton
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ed Forest <edforest55 at hotmail.com>
> Sent: Jan 27, 2004 8:56 AM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [NAFEX] Vapor barrier of plastic bags
>
> Plant Prop Princ and Pract states that
>
> "Polyethylene plastic . . . allows the passage of oxygen and carbon
dioxide,
> which are exchaned during the respiration process of the stored woodk but
> retards the passge of water vapor. Therfore, if this type of wrapping is
> sealed, no moist packing material is needed; the natrual moisture in the
> wood is sufficient since little wil be lost.  Polyethylene bags are useful
> ofr storing small quantities of scioinwood."
> This is the 1990 edition
> I am not so brave as to try this since my system of wrapping them with
> slightly moist newspaper sealed inside of ziplock bags, which I change
every
> month, has done very well for me and allowed me to store wood all winter.
> The paper does get moldy after a couple months, or sooner if you don't
keep
> it at or around 32 degrees.
> I think I will try some of this polyethylene plastic with some scionwood I
> don't need, but I don't really know how to tell what type of bag this is.
It
> seems to me that Ziplock bags would be too impermeable to both air and
> moisture but that thin bread bags would allow too much passage of
moisture.
> I am surprised taht someone mentioned taht the permeability of the plastic
> actually increased the moisture in the bag rather than to dry it out,
unless
> they were storing it in other than a fridge, such as buried or in a root
> cellar.
> Kevin B
> Kevin Bradley
>
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