[OFEX] Grape Vines

Joe Boles jo.bo at rogers.com
Fri Sep 9 09:19:14 EDT 2005


I read somewhere that in places in northern Europe where grapes are not 
hardy that they dig around the base of the vine so that they can bend the 
roots and lay the vine on the ground and cover it with soil. I understood 
that whole vineyards are done this way.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thomas Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: <labruscagrape at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 3:35 PM
Subject: [OFEX] Grape Vines

> Hello All,
> I have an Isabella grape that is supposed to be hardy to my zone.
> However, each year it dies to the ground and puts out new main vines each
> season.  I will never see fruit unless I do something.
> Would I be better off to dig it up and put in an unheated garage, or wrap
> it in burlap leaving it outdoors.
> I must be in a colder micro-climate.  It is a river valley with poor air
> drainage.
> I also wonder about those polyethylene foam pipe insulators.  They come in
> different diameters, and could slipped onto the vine, then sealed with
> duct tape.
> Image
> http://www.nmc.be/iso/bilder_UK/sanflex.gif
> I would not be able to bury the vine, as my wife would bury me for digging
> up the lawn. (smile)
> Any ideas or opinions?  Opinion on the vine Bert, not my wife putting me
> in the hole (ha, ha, ha)
> I am going to saddle Bert with an air-layered Isabella when we get to our
> Harrow tour in a couple of weeks.  That is when Helga will bean him. (LOL)
> Later,
> Tom
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