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Re: [nafex] Overwintering Potted Seedlings In Coldroom

Hello Tom. I wouldn't bother with plastic bags. We store a lot of potted material in cold storage for the winter and have never had any losses. The key is to check regularly and provide water as required.


Margie Luffman
Curator, Canadian Clonal Genebank Program
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Greenhouse and Processing Crops Research Centre
2585 County Road 20
Harrow, Ontario
N0R 1G0

Phone: 519-738-2251 ext. 474
Fax:      519-738-2929

>>> tolenio@sentex.net 11/20/01 09:23am >>>

Most of my potted seedlings are being stored outside for the
winter, however I am putting 3 special seedlings into a cold
room for the winter.  My question is in regards to watering
the pots in the cold room.

My plan is to keep the pots in a cold room that has an
average winter temperature of 45F.  The cold room is all
concrete (floor, walls, ceiling) and is very dry.  I had
planned to add 1 cup of water to each pot once a month
during the winter to keep them damp.

My question is...  Should I put the pots into plastic bags
to help conserve moisture?  If plastic bags are used, should
the bags be open, closed tightly, or loosely closed?

Thanks for any suggestions.

Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 6a

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