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Old March 28, 2017   #16
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This is the second year for the grapes the Thompson seedless is doing great and has climbed up to five feet so far.
I expect it to be at the top of the arbor this year.
Next is the Monukka.
All of them have survived.
This year I will take cuttings for more root stock.
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Forgot all about this thread. I did end up buying 2 grape plants last year and put them in a new separate raised bed with strawberries. They were growing nicely throughout last year and they were almost ready to put on their 1st horizontal trellis. Now I am wondering how they did through the winter. I did see my strawberries starting to green-up before the 3 foot of snow we got 2 weeks ago.
I'll check them out this weekend, the snow should be all melted by then.
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How are they doing?
The Thomson seedless has reach almost to seven feet.
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The Thomson seedless has crested the top of the arbor and the other three vines are in training school.
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The darn thing is now over the top of the arbor.

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This isn't exactly about grapes, but in the process I figured out why grapes are planted out in full sun. Our dewberries are getting ripe. They are all wild/volunteer. The ones ripening in the shade are tart. The ones out in full sun are sweet.
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I have a grape in a pot from my friend's greenhouse! She brought it to me last fall, rooted from a cutting. I wasn't sure if it survived winter in my greenhouse, but today I checked and its buds are swelling....
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I haven't got a clue as to how well this will work but I have to try.
Flame is starting to take off like a rocket with the warm weather.
The next thing I need to do is figure out a way to get irrigation line ran across the driveway to the strip in the middle.
Something I didn't consider when I had the drive poured.
No way can I go under it with any ease.
The other option is to go around the back of the house and hit it that way.

Or I could do a very tall overhead line crossing the drive that looked nice with vines in it.
That would be cool driving (under) an arbor/bower.

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Have you done any pruning on your grape vines in their first year? And if so how much have you taken off and when?

We got a grape vine this year and it's just starting to leaf its buds but I'm not sure when or if I should cut anything off it this year.

Also: for your irrigation line, you may want to look at mole-tunnelling (Horizontal Directional Drilling). That's what our neighbour used to get a water pipe under our drive. http://www.moleuk.com/

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Have you done any pruning on your grape vines in their first year? And if so how much have you taken off and when?

We got a grape vine this year and it's just starting to leaf its buds but I'm not sure when or if I should cut anything off it this year.

Also: for your irrigation line, you may want to look at mole-tunnelling (Horizontal Directional Drilling). That's what our neighbour used to get a water pipe under our drive. http://www.moleuk.com/
I haven't done any pruning nor will I this year.

Been a struggle to get them up out of the shady area into the sun.
By far Mars is the slowest.

The whole pruning thing is a little confusing to me as it is.
From what I have read the grape buds make the summer before for the next year.
Thomson Seedless is all the way to the top.

As for the drilling I have thought about it but undecided.
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I just found out that the Thompson seedless grape is also known as Sultana in the rest of the world.
It is used for making white wine and is known as a multi purpose triple use grape.
This is one of the grapes I will be growing in the sunny center strip soon.

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By some accident my grape vines have started to grow big time again.
All except the Mars grape it does not want to do anything.
I might have to dig it up this fall and move it to more sun.
I didn't know if they were getting too much water or not enough.
When I turned on Zone 3 of my sprinkler system they exploded with new growth,
The big agave fell over so I hauled it out of the way.
This allowed the Manukka to start growing big time.
Thompson seedless is running across the top of the arbor and branching.
All Flame wants to do is make branches.

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All grape vines growing beyond any expectation except for Mars it is sulking in the shade.
Will move to new location maybe this winter.
Mars is the only American grape I have growing.
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