[nafex] storing scions the rabbit way

fuwa fuwa usagi fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com
Sun Apr 19 01:06:11 EDT 2015

Interesting. How big is your refrigerator and how cold does it get?  

The one I was referencing was a mini fridge/dorm refrigerator.

Very curious...

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From: mIEKAL aND <qazingulaza at gmail.com>
To: fuwafuwausagi <fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com>, 	mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [nafex] storing scions the rabbit way
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:50:09 -0500

I've been using a dedicated fridge for years and have never had an
issue.  I often have cuttings and scionwood left from the previous
year that are still in good shape..

On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 8:45 PM, fuwa fuwa usagi
<fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com> wrote:
> The fluffy one stores scions:
> Gang, I thought I would share my new scion storing system.
> I have been very dissatisfied with attempts to use a refrigerator to store scion wood.    In fact last year I acquired a small dedicated refrigerator for storing scionwood alone.    Unfortunately I found out the temperature seemed to fluctuate significantly and tended to average 44-52 degrees.  The only way to stabilize the temperature was to add bottles of frozen water.
> This year I tried a different approach and I am extremely happy with the results.  I purchased a standard picnic cooler for my endeavor.   Next I set aside 16 20 oz soda bottles and filled them 4/5 of the way with water and frozen them.   Once frozen I put five in the bottom of the cooler along with a damp towel and then added my wrapped and sealed scion wood, and then placed 6 bottles on top (the cooler is tapered slightly.    I placed some cardboard beneath the cooler and draped two old rag rugs across the top. I then place 5 bottles of water in the freezer.  I was amazed by the results.    The cooler held the wood at very close to freezing, 29-35 degrees very consistently.  My intention was to rotate 5 of the bottles each day, but found unless it was 65-70 plus and I was going in and out the cooler all day, it was unnecessary, and merely rotated 5 bottles every 3 days or so (I did not experiment with going longer, I simply rotated the bottle when then were about 1/5 to 1/4
>   liquid).  Even while grafting, with the cooler outside, I found all I had to do was rotate 5 of the bottles a day, and sure enough the temperature stayed in the low range.  Every 3 days (while grafting) I rotated the bottle bottles, which were almost always 4/5 frozen (as the cold sinks downward.  Interestingly it got cold enough that some of the toweling froze stiff.
> I found this system beyond satisfactory.  It is cooler, more humid, with a far more stable temperature than a refrigerator, plus there was no issues with worrying about what else was in the cooler that might abort the scion wood.     In all the years I have kept scion wood, it never looked in better shape.
> I intend to improve the system for next year by creating a wrap around cardboard insulator, to increase the R value of the cooler.   The rugs work well, but I just wanted something a bit tidier.
> tfb
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