Collecting and Preparing scionwood for your local Scion Exchange
Remove as much air as you can and roll up bundles of bags then put a rubber band around them.
If everybody can standardise scion collection to share at grafting events it will make a lot of things easier for everyone involved.
Use the press seal (ziploc) sandwich bags approx. 180mm x 170mm and cut the scion so it will fit in across the bottom of the sandwich bag. It would allow a number of bags to be placed one on top of the other with a small part of the seal
unsealed. They can be rolled up tightly and have a rubber band placed around the whole roll.
Note that it is best not to dip the scion in a bucket of water before storing it, due to the risk of cross-infection.
LABELLING THE BAGS
Using a laundry marker felt-tip pen, write the name of the variety on the outside of the bag, the three initial letters of your name, and any comments. If it is a particularly good variety, rate it with 1 – 3 stars and any other useful information. Black Artline(TM) marking pens are the only ones we can recommend as other brands often don’t remain readable very long.
Hoover *** Apple
LRB (Person’s initials)
Best winter apple
Plums are Japanese or European so label
Satsuma Plum (J) or (Jap)
or King Billy Plum (E) or (Euro) and initials etc
Peach & Nectarine
Variety name – white (W) or yellow (Y) freestone (F) and clingstone is (C) and initials etc
Store horizontally in the fridge until needed but don’t put it in the freezer. The wood will keep for several months like that. If fruit is stored in the same fridge, then keep the bags of scion in an additional air tight plastic bag such as a garbage bag to protect the scion from ethylene gas given off from the fruit.