Grow tubes and grapes

poolecw(Georgia 7b)June 12, 2013

I planted my first grape plants this spring...Concords and some scuppernong plants. They are about knew high now and some are really starting to put out the leaves. I hear of some vineyards using grow tubes with their young plants. Do any of you guys have any experience using them? Do they seem to help "grow" the plants any better? I've already bought a few tubes to try but haven't installed them yeet.

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chwelch

From what I've seen, it appears that the function of a grow tube is just to protect the young tender vines from damage either from pests or the wind. I don't think they have any other benefits.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 9:20AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Could also protect from herbicide such as roundup. Depending on materials it might warm the plant or cool it off. Grapes like it warm to hot.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 8:11PM
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TheDerek

They can also protect from desiccating winds during the winter if you live in a cold/windy area like ND!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 10:17AM
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poolecw(Georgia 7b)

From what I have read regarding grow tubes, not only do they protect the young grapes, but they provide a greenhouse type environment. I may put them at the start of winter and mound up top soil to protect them through the winter.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 10:35AM
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melikeeatplants

Don't think you need to protect them in Zone 10 :)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 3:57PM
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