[NAFEX] rosemary, deer, and a grape question
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Apr 17 17:06:50 EDT 2009
Train vines to multiple trunks in cold climates. That makes them stay
flexible so they can be laid down and covered if they need winter
protection. Training high helps some with disease in cases like downy
mildew and black rot that can be spread by splashing water. Training
high helps if the high vines get more air circulation to dry off faster
after rain, but it helps as much if you spread them out on a larger
trellis for better air circulation. Or on a large arbor.
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On Apr 17, 2009, at 1:59 PM, Melissa Kacalanos wrote:
But I have a grape question: how high should the top wire of a grape
trellis be? The NY state agricultural extension fruit-growing pdf says
5 feet, but I've also heard that grapes should be higher if there's
more disease pressure, or lower if the winter's colder than they like.
I've never tried growing grapes here or anywhere for that matter, so I
don't know which is the worse danger. I'm in rosemary-killing zone 5,
in rainy central NY State. The grapes will be in a slightly clay, but
well-drained soil on a west-facing slope. They're old world/new world
hybrids: 'Marquis' 'Jupiter' and 'Canadice' so I'm guessing their
resistance to disease and cold is intermediate.
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