[NAFEX] Late grapes

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Mon Nov 19 19:56:56 EST 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I was cutting off the bird netting from my 
Concord grapes (I really need to investigate disposable netting next 
year, since there's no way I can remove it in one piece), when I found a 
half-dozen small bunches of grapes - long, long after the main crop had 
ripened. These were smaller than normal - the grapes and the bunches - 
but still delicious. I had more late grapes than this, but the birds got 
some of them (those that were poking through the netting), and I picked 
some of the others too early (as sour as little lemons!). They were all 
growing from this year's canes.

But my question is this: Was this an indication that I'd actually pruned 
TOO severely last spring? Or just one of those things that Concord 
grapes do?

I had a ton of grapes this year, and I'd actually wondered if I hadn't 
pruned enough. But these Concord grapes are so incredibly vigorous that 
I'm now wondering if I should have left even more when I pruned them. 
Note that they were hit hard by our April freeze, too - they looked 
terrible after that - but they still grew like crazy and produced a LOT 
of grapes.

Just wondering. I have to admit that it was nice to get a few late 
grapes, but there weren't enough of them to make all that much 
difference. Still, it appears that I can't be doing TOO badly (or, more 
likely, that they're just so easy to grow that it's almost impossible to 
screw things up).


Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others. - 
Samuel Johnson

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