[NAFEX] Any opinions/ Scion soaking

tanis grif tanisgrif at yahoo.com
Thu May 5 21:01:35 EDT 2005

Pure opinion:

If I HAD TO soak scions, I'd find some distilled water.  But if scionwood is stored
properly, it doesn't dry out enough to need soaking.  (Store in one plastic bag,
which is sealed in another bag which contains a little water; inspect frequently and
add drops of water as needed.)

If I had to work with descicated scions, I'd do them last after I'd finished with
the more promising scions.  If I was out of rootstocks, tape, time, or ambition, I'd
discard the dry scions.

I don't think scions CAN dry out enough during the grafting process to matter any. 
(But, note I'm in reliably humid WI.)  Keep scions in a cooler while you work, prep
all labels first, do as much note-taking as you can without holding scions exposed,
prep the rootstock first, take only one scion out of the cooler at a time.

--- Thomas Olenio wrote:

> On Thu, 5 May 2005 08:41:02 EDT, <Jwlehman> wrote:
> >  A few scions I placed in a glass of water while preparing the rootstock,
> > mostly I just worked quick so the scion wouldn't dry out. I grafted about 10 of 

> > each fruit type, mostly using a cleft graft, whip-and-tongue on a few.
> >
> Hi,
> Water quality would also be important.  Is it tap water with floride and  
> chlorine?  Is it hard water loaded with calcium?  Is it soft water?  Is it  
> softened water (salt residue)
> Take baked beans for example...  If you try to make baked beans with hard  
> water, loaded with calcium the beans will never hydrate properly.  The  
> calcium blocks pores, not allowing water to enter the beans.
> We have some of the hardest water in Ontario, and it can be a real  
> problem.  Water soluables do not work well and sprayers plug.  Cannot even  
> wash a car with it, as it leaves a white film.
> Just things to think about.
> Later,
> Tom

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