Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grape vines are looking good/BACK at the Gainesville Market this afternoon!

I have a patch of about 10 grape vines growing in my backyard that I planted 3-4 years ago.

They're almost all muscadine grapes, with the exception of one Red Flame seedless that's bound to die at some point since they're subject to Piece's Disease, a grape malady that claims every variety planted where with the exception of muscadines.

Almost invariably when someone asks me "Why did my grapes die?", it's because they bought Champagne grapes, or wine grapes or some other type of non-muscadine variety from their local Lowes or Home Depot, not knowing that there's a clock ticking on those vines as soon as they hit the ground.

When I first planted my grapes I had them on a two-wire "system" that was more of a mess of recycled electrical wires and boards plunked into the ground than a proper grape support system.

This winter I cut all the lower vines out and trained them all to a single wire, ratcheted up nicely to posts set in concrete. Now they're looking really good.

Muscadines are easy to grow and will reward you with buckets of grapes after a few years, provided you can keep the coons from robbing you blind.

Last year we had a decent amount of grapes and I'm expecting quite a few more this summer.

At the very least, the vines finally look nice.

NOTE: I'll be back at the Gainesville Union Street Farmer's Market this afternoon from 4-7. My van's transmission is running like a top (thank God) thanks to Earl's Quality Transmission so I'm back in business after a week-long hiatus. Stop on by and check out the plants I have for sale!

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At April 22, 2015 at 7:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grapes I planted north to south orientation doing well. The E to W ones aren't as vibrant with their growth. Any tips for more fruit production vs leaf growth (on all plants/trees, not just grapes)

At April 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous David The Good said...

Grapes require heavy pruning to make more fruit.

Too much nitrogen can lower fruit yields on my species of tree/vine, so watch for that.

Bending branches down on some fruit trees will greatly increase fruit set. Look up "festooning." Also, micronutrients and sunshine both have an impact.

At April 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM , Blogger JWO said...

Any idea on how to keep the raccoons from eating them?

At April 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM , Blogger JWO said...

Any idea on how to keep the raccoons from eating them?


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