[NAFEX] Freeze damage follow-up

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Tue Apr 24 09:42:45 EDT 2007

I forgot to mention my Concord grapes, and I thought there might be some 

I'd waited until late March to prune them, which was maybe a good thing. 
But the huge buds were just starting to open when the freeze hit. The 
pruning cuts were still gushing sap, so I had icicles hanging from the 
ends of the branches. It didn't look good, but I couldn't tell if the 
buds had died, since they were sort of yellowish-brown to begin with. 
And they didn't show the slightest change for about three weeks.

But all of a sudden, my grapevines have started leafing out, so I guess 
the buds weren't damaged after all. Well, maybe some of them were, since 
not everything has sprouted yet, but my two vines are looking 
surprisingly good right now. (I've got one Caco, too, and it's looking 
OK. It hasn't started to leaf out yet, but the buds are swelling.) I'll 
definitely delay pruning next year, too - probably on all my stuff.

Lincoln, NE (zone 5a)

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