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Managing etrhylene gas in storage (apples) query

Posted by marknmt 5b (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 12:16

Wish I knew more about this aspect of storing apples and would appreciate any comments, links to reading, and the like. Right now I'm assuming that it would be wise to open the unvented polyethylene bags from time to time, but have no idea of what's reasonable. Perhaps it'd be better to use perforated bags?

Thanks,

M

Oooop .... I typoed "ethylene" in the subject line and apparently can't edit it.

This post was edited by marknmt on Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 12:38


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RE: Managing etrhylene gas in storage (apples) query

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 16:50

Are you concerned only about the apples or other things like cuttings you might have in the same fridge? I haven't worried about the former but have about the later.

You want some ventilation but not so much that the apples shrivel.


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RE: Managing etrhylene gas in storage (apples) query

Only the apples- I'll get some cuttings later, but I hadn't thought of the ramifications for them! Guess I should.


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 23, 13 at 18:05

Ethylene is deadly to cuttings and nursery stock. So don't store much fruit with that material.


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RE: Managing etrhylene gas in storage (apples) query

Thank you. Aside from apples what else gives off ethylene?

This could present a problem for me when I'm storing cuttings in late winter/early spring. I've got apples everywhere right now.

Good problem to have.


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  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Thu, Oct 24, 13 at 15:06

In my experience, a freezer full of Goldrush apples (kept at 38F through the winter by a thermostat) did not experience any problem. Apples were in good shape in May. Somehow ethylene does not affect the apples themselves.


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RE: Managing etrhylene gas in storage (apples) query

When I chilled tulip bulbs, apples and onions were the ones I kept out of the refrigerator.


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