Grapes just slow, or was that a tough winter on them?

don555(3a)May 13, 2011

I have 3 Valiant grape vines that have been yielding 20 lbs or so of fruit for the past several years. With the deep snow this winter I thought this would have been one of the most gentle winters on them, but so far I see only a few buds swelling, all within a few inches of the ground (most of the vines are grown on a trellis and left on the trellis thru the winter, where at least half of the past season's growth normally survives the winter). I know grapes are always slow to get going in the spring, but my apple trees leafed out today so I thought I should be seeing much more action on the grapes by now. How did other people's grapes fare this winter, or is it too early to tell and I'm just being impatient?

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

I should check...I know they're late as always for me, usally
after the apple.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 1:04AM
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khanhny

i did not know you could grow grapes this far north..how tempting. must research. :)

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 5:27PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

The Valiant at the house looks good, new growth about 4 feet up, but I have one out of town and all died back to the ground, this with good snow cover...back to the drawing board...LOL
About 20 yards from this one I have some larger grapes, not sure what the are, they were given to me, the canes I lay down to the ground in the fall and did allot better.

Don, are your canes all dead?
It was sure a strange winter, with all that snow, one would think
plants should have done allot better.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 2:19AM
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don555(3a)

I have 3 plants, all suffered die-back much worse than in any previous winter since I planted them. One died right back to within inches of the ground, despite the deep snow cover. The other two suffered a lot of die-back, but in the end they still have a decent cane framework, and the new growth has flower buds, so they should fruit this year, maybe just lighter than in the previous few years.

I would have thought this would be one of the best years for over-wintering Valiant grapes... not really sure what happened to make it otherwise. On the otherhand, the Chester Thornless blackberries that share the same trellis, made it through the winter with flying colours and are now threatening to out-hog the trellis...

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 5:51AM
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