I cut leaving a bit (1/4" to less) to cut off once I return inside and then I place the scions freshly snipped ends off once more in water for 20-30 minutes. Then I remove them (one cultivar at a time) and drop them in a communal bowl with a bit of chlorine in it for a minute or two and then I lay them on a towel under a ceiling fan until dry (30 minutes usually does the trick).
At that point I’ve always put them in ziplock bags anywhere in my fridge that I have space, albeit a crisper is the correct place.
I definitely like the idea of either waxing them immediately after leaving enough room on each piece that I don’t plant to cut down further into shorter sticks or, parafilming them. Wax however is far easier. Of course you can’t write on wax but you sure can put them in a ziplock.
I think this year I’ll wax them prior to bagging them.
I want to add that last year @JustAnne4 picked up on waxing scions and my mixture rate last year (I screwed up and somehow doubled what I used to do). So those of you that are going to use wax this is the ratio that I use:
Per gallon of water:
1/2 bar of canning paraffin wax for bench grafts.
If you’re going to the field add .25 oz beeswax to 1/2 bar paraffin per gallon of water.
Paraffin canning wax ban be bought at hardware stores or grocery stores. Cut the box in half prior to opening. Inside the box are (4) bars. Now you will have the correct amount for 8 gallons. There will be (8) pieces when you cut the box in half.
Anne used a canning jar on her stove last year. Maybe she can show us again how she did that.
You can reheat the wax mixture for reuse. What you want is a thin coat of wax. If when you dip the scions are beginning to lose a full coat on reheated wax/water, you will need to add more wax. Wax floats so you can always scrape it off the top and reuse it later to fresh water.
I use a small deep fryer to heat my mix. It’s this one:
The correct wax mixture for it is .25 oz paraffin for bench grafting. For waxing scions to take to the field you will use .25 oz paraffin to .1 oz beeswax.
The dial on this handy deep fryer I put a piece of duct tape over it once I found the exact spot where the temperature is 160-degrees F.
To prepare the mixture take the wax + water up to 180F or more and allow it to drop to 160 F and then begin dipping. Leave about an inch of space in the reservoir. Do not fill it all the way up.
Waxed scions may crack in the fridge during storing. That’s no big deal but it’s more likely to happen if you have too much wax on each scion. Since I’ve seen the perfect coat of wax, I don’t believe any cracking will occur if you use the proportions I gave. Believe me, there’s not enough wax; there’s too much wax; and then there’s the perfect amount.
Quickly dip your scions and move to the next one. In less than a few seconds the wax will have set up and you can lay it down or place it into a bag or however you proceed to save yourself extra time/work involved.
There’s one flaw to my waxing and storing theory if you will. That is the area you didn’t wax to leave room for cuts isn’t protected. I think what I’m going to do is use Glad Press and Seal on that part and then into the fridge they go. So there’s my story and I’m sticking to it