Radical Showing

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  1. Mark1427

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    I received some AC's a few weeks ago and I have them in the fridge with the sphagnum moss. The little rascles have sprouted radicals.

    Would it hurt anything to put them in root trapper cells and set them in the shed, and do I need to put the trays in bags?

    Thanks for the replies. Mark
     
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    I would leave them in the fridge for stratification. I have chinkapin oaks with radicals in the fall and they spend the winter in the fridge. When I plant in the spring, I find nuts with no radicals and just put them back into stratification until they sprout. This spring I planted burgamble and DCO that were in stratification for 2 whole winters and they did fine. I also have hickory nuts that I collected in fall 2017 and they just sprouted this fall. I plan to plant them in spring of 2019. With proper moisture content, they should be fine. That being said, I have never tried to plant nuts with radicals in the fall expecting them to survive the winter.
     
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    I had some last year do the same thing. The radical grew at least 2" and turned black and died.
    The nuts didn't do anything when I planted. Wasn't sure if they'd have a better chance of survivial.
     
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    Ouch... I will tend to keep the moisture level to a minimum and I never pack the peat. It is fluffy with a considerable air content. If it is too wet, the bag can be opened to remove moisture. If it is too much water in it, I have also put a rolled dry napkin in the bag to absorb excess moisture, then remove it.
     
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    I have very little peat and the beg has been open.
    I will remove the peat and dry everything. I believe that I will plant in trays and protect the best that I can.
    Thanks for your help. Mark
     
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    Mark,

    If those don’t work out for you, let me know and I can get you more next year.

    FYI- I normally put the chinkapins I plant in a ziploc bag with no added moisture or moss/peat/etc, completely closed. I may have had to put a couple of spritz of water periodically in the bag while they are in the fridge to keep them from drying out, but they normally don’t sprout a radical until they are removed from the fridge for a while and warmed up/planted. It seems to put them in suspended animation.

    But then again, being out of the fridge for a few days during shipping could have prevented that from happening for you, not sure.


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    Thanks for the offer.
    I took out the moss and dried everything. I believe that I will put the nuts in the 18 cell trays under a clear tote to provide a greenhouse environment and hope for the best.
     
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    I’ve got mine in pots already. They formed a radical 2-3 days after I got them in the mail. Put them in the fridge for 2-3 weeks and then moved them to pots. They have been in my garage, not under lights yet so they are still staying pretty chilled.
     
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    I plant in their final spot then tube with 3’ tubes. I put the tube a inch or so in the ground and place window screening on the top to keep rodents out.


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