[NAFEX] Bagging Grapes

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Sun May 27 21:59:45 EDT 2007



Grapes need the air to prevent fungal disease.


Try cutting the feet out of old pantyhose or nylons and slip them over the
bunches.  Close the end over the stem with a loose twist tie.


I have seen this done with cherry branches.






From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Doreen Howard
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2007 9:06 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Bagging Grapes


Has anyone tried bagging grapes?  I'm desperate, as last year, all the
grapes were gone before they put on much size.  I live in a semi-rural area
infested with deer, rabbits, squirrels, coons, possums, wild turkeys and now
fox.  Bagging apples has worked well for me; so I wonder if I bagged the
tiny grape clusters in wax paper sandwich bags now, would that protect them
until harvest?


My grandfather used to take saltine wrappers in the 1940's and wrap his
grapes to keep the pests away.  He's been dead for over a decade, so I can't
ask him how he did it.  


Would one cut off the corners of the wax bags like you do the plastic ones
used for apples?  And, at what stage should you bag the clusters?


I spent the weekend bagging apples and Asian pears...huge crop this year.
Bagging in the past has produced perfect fruit that ripens a bit earlier
than normal, due to the extra heat gathered by the bags.  This is a huge
asset in my climate, which is Zone 4b.  We've had freezes as early as Sept.
20 in the past five years.


Any advice is appreciated.

Doreen Howard

IL-WI Border, Zone 4b

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