Lilies forum: Cold period in Refrig

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Name: Michael Norberry
Arcata, CA Zone 9 or 17 suns (Zone 9a)
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mnorberry
Jan 12, 2012 8:59 PM CST
I have a few baggies that will be ready for their cold period in the refrig. Last time I tried germinating Hypogeal seeds I remember that after I placed them in the vegetable bin, any baggy that was touching or near the sides of the bin froze part of the soil. I purchased a temperature guage and it reads 39 degrees. If I lined the bin in a towell do you think it might help? Any suggestions.
Thanks
P.S. I just purchased the refrig. less than a year ago.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jan 12, 2012 9:19 PM CST

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See if you can scrounge around for some thin sheets of styrofoam, say 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick that you can line the sides of the bin with. Otherwise, use a towel. Or use a towel in the meantime. I had this problem with one of those small refrigerators I purchased just for plants, bulbs etc. Except the whole inside of the fridge would freeze even on the warmest setting. I put a sheet of styrofoam just under the freezer and that seemed to do the trick.

I also think wood would work just as well.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jan 13, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Or you could place the towel on the exterior of the bin on the offending side.
(Gee, I don't think you can think more outside the box than that! Green Grin! )

I'd also try a second thermometer. It's hard believe that temperature could vary that much in a little veggie bin.

For plant materials, I actually like that my fridge is a little inconsistent. All plants that use a cold dormancy system where natural temps go to freezing or below have some sort of antifreeze inherent in them. Species that have a tendency to start growing in the fridge when "their time is up" would benefit with 31F.
Name: Michael Norberry
Arcata, CA Zone 9 or 17 suns (Zone 9a)
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mnorberry
Jan 13, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Thanks for the info
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
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gwhizz
Jan 16, 2012 5:55 AM CST
The towel would get wet and freeze as well-yes, go for more styro!!
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jan 16, 2012 6:46 AM CST
Oh my, Anthony!
If you get that much humidity/moisture in you refrigerator that's another problem altogether.
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
idont havemuch-but ihave everything
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gwhizz
Jan 17, 2012 12:45 AM CST
One would say''the fridge is stuffed'''' Blinking
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