[NAFEX] saving grape cuttings
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sun Apr 23 23:18:42 EDT 2006
If you mean they have just been sitting in the bucket, dry, they are
likely not in good shape. One test is to cut the bottom off (just a
thin slice, like 1/16 inch) and stand them in water. If they are still
alive, they may ooze a bit of gooey sap at the tops after a soak of 8
hours or so. Dry cuttings will look greenish, but dry inside and a
cross section will look like a gear with tiny teeth as the wood has
begun to shrivel, leaving the tissue bundles in the bark sticking up.
If they look like that, odds are good the percent survival will be very
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On Apr 23, 2006, at 4:49 PM, mIEKAL aND wrote:
I just discovered a bucket of cuttings which I had left out in a shed
for the winter, but of course it has been warm here for maybe a month.
the sticks still have some green in them but the buds are either still
dormant or they are desiccated....I guess I don't know how to tell the
difference. Any clues whether these are worth saving?
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