[NAFEX] re: grapes?
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Sep 3 21:04:34 EDT 2004
One important factor is the temperature during bloom time and somewhat
after. We had a very warm spring this year and not only are my grapes
more than three weeks early, they are much larger than usual. This
isn't just my observation, either. Temperate Zone Pomology by M.N.
Westwood says the same thing - warm weather at and just after bloom
time allows the developing fruit to have more cell divisions, which can
give bigger fruit. Cool weather means fewer cell divisions in the
ovary (the developing fruit) so there are fewer cells to enlarge during
ripening phase, and thus a smaller fruit.
I'd bet that tree fruits in the area are smaller than usual too,
unless there was a really light crop to allow the tree to throw more
energy into the remaining fruits.
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
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