Grapes From Cuttings

By | December 1, 2016

How Can There Be Seedless Grapes

Hi, I’m Josh Clark. And I’m wondering have you ever been to a grocery store, picked up some seedless grapes, eaten them, and then just stopped dead in your tracks and thought, wait a minute, how can something that needs seeds to reproduce be seedless. These grapes shouldn’t even exist.

I mean, yes these seedless grapes can be here. But what about its children? I’m here to answer this existential question for you. It turns out that most of the fruit we eat are clones of other fruit. Most fruits is propagated including seedless grapes, through cuttings. So they don’t need to have seeds.

Rather than following the traditional angiosperm method of reproduction, which means producing seeds, and fruit to cover those things. So to produce a new bunch of seedless grapes, a whole new plant, you take a cutting from an existing vine. You dip that cutting in rooting hormone. And you put that cutting in a little bit of nice warm soil. A little moisture and you’ve got a new vine.

That’s going to produce more seedless grapes. They never have to produce seeds because they never have to reproduce. But where do the seedless grapes come from to begin with? Turns out somewhere along the line, somebody noticed some grapes that didn’t produce seeds well. And said, hey, this is a genetic defect that I could really cash in on.

Let me just keep propagating this one grape. So all the seedless grapes today are descendants of clones of that original freak of nature seedless grape. Which you can thank the guy who figured that one out. And one last thing, the seedless grapes you eat actually do have seeds in them. They have the beginning of seeds that due to that genetic mutation we talked about, never.

Form the hard outer shell, which means you never choke on a grape seed. You can thank that guy, whoever his name is, he was a good guy. If you like this tutorial, you’re going to love all the tutorials on this YouTube channel. You can go ahead and subscribe. Maybe leave a nice little comment and just watch tutorials all day long.

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How to Prune Grapes Summer

Hi, I’m Tricia, a California organic gardener and today we’re going to talk about summer maintenance for your table grapes we’ve had an extremely wet season this year and my table grapes have gone bonkers I’m growing four different types of table grapes here and there’s a lot of vegetative growth making for a very dense canopy over the grape vines earlier in the spring, the shoots were thinned when they were about six to twelve inches long you should have about six to eight shoots per foot of canopy at the same time as thinning the shoots, I also cut the suckers off at the trunk.

And i’m going to continue to trim these suckers throughout the season, as necessary you see there’s not enough sunlight getting into this little fruit clusters the sunlight is what helps improve the flavor and the quality of the fruit by having so much foliage around the cluster, I’m also at risk for disease the first step is to take these long shoots and tuck them into the trellising and keep them out of the fruiting zone that helped a lot but you can see there’s still a lot of hanging vines I’m going to trim back this shoot that has no clusters on it.

If you’re going to trim back a shoot that has clusters, be sure and leave about 1517 fullsized leaves before you make your cut cut as little as possible and try to cut at the point where the leaves are half the size of the mature leaves these smaller leaves haven’t started producing food yet so the vine won’t miss them as much as it would miss these larger food producing leaves the grape vines are looking a lot better the cutting is going to stimulate the growth so you don’t want to do this too late in the season if the fruit is just beginning to ripen, it’s too late to cut.

Now that I’ve tamed the vines, it’s time to thin the fruit cluster thin when the fruit has just set and before it gets too big for goodsized table grapes leave one cluster per shoot in order to improve the size of the grapes, snip off the very bottom of the cluster I’m happy to have completed my summer maintenence on my table grape vines now I look forward to grape jam, grape jelly, grape juice, and those frozen grape treats so enjoy your grape vines and Grow Organic for Life!.

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