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Storage of scions

Storage of scions


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Question: how are marzes kept?


I would like to know the best method to preserve the slips, I must say that I cannot keep them in the fridge.

Storing slips: Answer: keep the slips


Dear Morfeus,
the slips for grafts they must be alive and vital to take root; depending on the type of graft these scraps can be taken at different times of the year; often the scions are removed only at the moment of grafting, cutting them from the donor plant and grafting them instantly. Other times it is necessary to carry out the collection and grafting at different times; in these cases the scions are usually taken during the winter, for example in December or January, and they are kept until the end of winter or early spring, or March-April (it then depends on the trend of the seasons and the area where we live). In order to be successful in the graft it is essential that the scions are still ive after the months elapsed from the moment they are taken to when they are grafted. If we brought them home, or in an area with a non-rigid climate, the scions would begin to sprout, using the little water they have at their disposal; and if they survived, at the time of grafting they would have no more "energy" to take root on the rootstock. Therefore it is important to keep the scions in a state of complete vegetative rest, until the moment of grafting. The first thing to do is to put pruning putty on the cutting surface, so that no water leaks out; then dust the twigs with a copper-based fungicide so that they do not develop mold. Later the scions are preserved in a dark and cold place; the most common method is to close them in a dark bag and place them in the refrigerator, or in an area with about 4 ° C constant. If we cannot, it is usual practice to bury the bag, or the slips without a bag, taking care to cover them almost completely, and hoping that the ground does not freeze, because otherwise we risk that the frost irreparably destroys our slips; there are also those who break them upside down, leaving only the cutting surface, and then mulch the ground with barks or other material, so as to repair the scraps from frost.



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