Monday, March 6, 2017
Winter Grapes revisited
I awoke Saturday morning to find that five of those seven or eight pathetic sticks I stuck in the dirt five weeks ago had suddenly sprouted. So working from the assumption that what is happening above the soil is being mirrored beneath it, I will have at least 5 new Concord grape vines to transplant in a few weeks.
So the lazy way to start grapes from cuttings is working at at least a 60% rate. I can live with that, especially since I've got another experiment (cuttings in water) running a couple weeks behind, and another batch of 8 cuttings I just planted yesterday. By April I expect to have at least a dozen new vines that can start making the makings of jelly.
And not a moment too soon, it seems. The original concords are about 20 years old, and one of them all-but-died last year, which led to me looking for ways to propagate it. Well, the other looks to have the same issue this year -- its main stock is completely rotted in the center. So those two will probably get ripped out this fall, or even earlier if it looks like they won't produce this year.
And that's ok. Even though the younguns won't produce anything until next summer, we've got enough jelly on hand to get by until they do.