This vineyard for example is thrity five years old. Now and again, vines are dying because they are too old so they have to be replaced by baby vines / young vines. The idea is to do a selection massale and select the best woods we will use toreplace those missing vines. Here for example I have a beautifulviolent perfect vigor and the right of thickness of shoots.
What i do is that i’m going to obviously keep my two buds for next year’s fruit, but also keep a section of the cane. which itself would have one two three four five buds.
The idea is to remove that cane when the sap will be a rising in late two winter / early spring, and lay that shoot on the find tilth earth with only one bud coming out of the surface: the other four being undergound.
I’ll leave that shoot one year, so that it forms or starts forming roots where the actual buds are. After one year we will take it out ofthe ground trim the new shoots to make them a bit more vigorous, and then back in the ground
to replace the missing vines. Selection Massale at work..
Grape Insect Prevention
…other urban grape planting, and the types of things that youshould be doing right now on your grapes is, again, Disease Control. These plantslook pretty clean right now. You can tell there’s some spray residualright here. They’ve been spraying them, otherwise they would have powdery mildew,downy mildew, black rot, and a number of other problems. The cluster grapes are quite healthy, and
the one thing that I would watch out forat this point in the year is as we mentioned early July is Japanese beetles willbe showing up any day now, and what Japanese beetles do is they feedon the leaves, and they will also destroy the berries,and they give you this type of appearance where they eat holes in the leaves. One of thethings that I tell people is that if your gonna control Japanesebeetles you actually wanna put materials on to protect against them
before they get there. Once they startdoing damage other Japanese beetles are attracted andthey will be more damage than they normally would. There are a number of different products thatare out there that can be used, but one organic product that you mightconsider using even before that there is called quot;neemquot;. NEEM. And that one is nice because it notonly kills the Japanese beetles, but it has a repellent quality to it. Itcan repel the Japanese beetles
from 24 to 48 hours. Okay..