[NAFEX] Grapes for No. IL

Tom Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Tue Jan 27 12:49:52 EST 2004

Hi Doreen,

I have lost my Vanessa due to low winter temps.  Dies off to
the ground.  Being from Massachusetts, I can say our winters
here are the same as yours.

Dou you want to invest 4 years in a vine, to have an oddly
cold winter kill it off?


Doreen Howard wrote:

> Lon and I have been discussing what seedless grapes I
> should plant in my new paradise 75 miles west of Chicago
> near the Wisconsin border.  He tells me that some of my
> choices may have disease problems here.  But......don't
> take this personally Lon...he grows his grapes in a
> different climate than I do.  So, Zone 5a and 4b Midwest
> grape growers, I need your opinions.  How will the
> following seedless grapes do
> here: InterlakenVanessaGlenoraMars My area hits -20F one
> out of five winters, and annual rainfall is about 30
> inches.  Late summers are typically hot and very dry.  I'm
> an organic gardener and have beautiful loam soil.  I'll be
> planting the grapes facing south on a slope.  Air movement
> is brisk.Doreen Howard
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Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Canada
Hardiness Zone 5b

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