Grape vines

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cherrypicker

Grape vines

I'd love to show you a pix of the grape vine in my garden here in West Yorks. It's now about 7 years old and this year produced about 20 bunches of grapes. Not sweet enough to eat but the blackbirds love them when all the other berries are finished. Is it global warming or just that the vine is now more mature and coping with our bitter climate in Yorkshire?

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Biggles !

Grape vine

One's own grapes are great aren't they :0)

We still have a few bunches that escaped the one and only frost we have had so far this year.

To get you grapes sweeter next year you might consider cutting somer of the leaves off the plant that might be covering the grapes, the direct sunlight will help sweeten the grapes, or move the bunches into the sunlight.

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foxylady

grapes

we grow a Black Hamburg vine in our greenhouse. this year it has excelled itself, over 40 bunches of sweet eatable grapes, had to give many bunches away. It must be about 10 yrs old. We really should have a go at making our own wine. We have one outside but just for show I'm afraid around the pergola, the bunches don't develop but leaves go a beautiful deep red.

foxy xx

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Expat Badger

grapes

they make ice wine in Canada using the frozen grapes in winter....they are maybe a hardier plant than we imagine

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cherrypicker

Grape vines

"they make ice wine in Canada using the frozen grapes in winter....they are maybe a hardier plant than we imagine"

Thanks, I might try the ice wine (if I can get them before the blackbirds do)

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cherrypicker

Grape vines

"I would love to see them, if you post the on photobucket then post the link I can then cut and paste to view.
To view my garden cut and paste into your browser http://photobucket.com/bolas2."

I will try that for you. Do you use Picasa by any chance? I could send them to you that way too

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cherrypicker

Grape vines

" One's own grapes are great aren't they :0)

We still have a few bunches that escaped the one and only frost we have had so far this year.

To get you grapes sweeter next year you might consider cutting somer of the leaves off the plant that might be covering the grapes, the direct sunlight will help sweeten the grapes, or move the bunches into the sunlight."

What I would like would be advice on prunning the vine to get the best shape to train the vine around a French window. It is doing very well but I think it could be better with the correct prunning

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cherrypicker

Grape vines

"I would love to see them, if you post the on photobucket then post the link I can then cut and paste to view.
To view my garden cut and paste into your browser http://photobucket.com/bolas2."

If you could explain those instructions again I will try your link.

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Biggles !

Pruning vines

"What I would like would be advice on prunning the vine to get the best shape to train the vine around a French window. It is doing very well but I think it could be better with the correct prunning"

Hi Cherrypicker, we are still learning ourselves but generally cut back to 2 buds for general pruning and this is working well for the past 2 years. Hubby did a mammoth pruning job on one vine and hacked it back to just 4 feet from about 16 feet on the really old woody stem. This vine too is thriving.

Do you have some wire or something to support the vine that you want to train around the French Window? The vine will need some kind of support to keep it in place. The previous owner of our house used wire stretched where he wanted the vine to go.

We have also learnt that vines will root themselves from the tip, much as brambles do, so you could make yourself a new plant too, perhaps.

 
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