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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 5:11 pm 
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I have read that growing grapes requires that at the end of each year a new bud needs to be started at the base of an old branch. The book said that the old branch will not produce fruit again and that each year a new branch had to be created to produce fruit.

Is this true? Please elaborate.

Thanks in advance. :(


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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 12:35 pm 
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I hope you get some answers cause I have this same question! We planted our 2 grape vines (different varieties, can't remember names) last summer and this year they've had amazing growth. One already has little hard green "grapes" all over it - along with what I've determined are grape mealybugs and ants. I'm spraying an organic mixture on it for the bugs and am going to try some of the other suggestions I found here as well. Let me know how yours do. All I can find on the subject is to cut off the stem where the grapes from this year are (after the season is over). thanks and good luck!


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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2006 2:46 pm 
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deejay wrote:
All I can find on the subject is to cut off the stem where the grapes from this year are (after the season is over).


What you said is very close to what I have read with the exception that, from what I have read, you are supposed to find the closest sprig to the trunck of the plant and cut it after the 3 or 4 bud. You are then supposed to let the old vine go until the next spring and when the new bud starts growing, cut the old one because the old one will never fruit again. Or so they say.

Anyone....is this true? We are kind of confused.


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After a "completed" season of growing grapes, I have learned a few things.

In this area, South of Houston, our grapes ripen around early to mid july with our final grape ripening last week.

Our area is fairly safe from insect and bird pests but does need potassium bicarbonate/molasses treatment to prevent mildew and mold on the leaves.

I will let everyone know the how and when on keeping the grapes going, next season, as I learn.


One last thing off the current topic. I have learned how to and trained blackberry(dewberry) bushes on a trellis similar to grapes. My blackberry bushes are about 30 feet wide now and I expect them to get larger before fall, in about 4 months.

My blackberry plants do not spread, as some have feared, and stay in their place.

I expect a huge blackberry crop next year. MMMMMM...lots of jelly and pies. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 8:36 am 
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surely there are books out there that can give you the information, or websites since there are many vineyards in Texas these days.

http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/grow/growing.shtml

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