The grapes look good, but they are hard and far from ripe. It seems that although they grow well in my climate, there just might not be enough sun and warmth for them to get done before it is time to shut down for the winter. I've observed the vine for quite a few years now, and even last summer (the hot and sunny one) wasn't enough to produce ripe grapes, so I am starting to accept that it just won't happen.
@awomanonabike, I am actually planning on building (or rather, getting built - I'm not that handy!) a lean-to this winter, just not right there. I have already bought a new grape vine to grow in it, but I might also try to propagate my outdoor vine and try it indoors as well.
I agree @jacaranda, so at least for the time being I am letting it stay as it is. I like the way it has started climbing nearby trees and bushes, and I'm thinking there is no need for strict pruning if its sole purpose is going to be decoration.
Yes a shame @gjones, but not that bad. As you see from the other comments, I have plans😁, and I hope my new vine is a better variety. Also, my other vine (I have one on each side of those stairs) is producing somewhat edible grapes. They are about the size of small blueberries, and their seeds fill just about all available space, but at least what little is there, tastes nice.
Not sure if I would like the look of a reflective sheet @cyndi, but perhaps that could be something to try with just a few of the bunches? I've also wondered if they would continue to ripen if I cut and bring some of them inside (like with tomatoes) -- I guess there is lots of potential for experimentation in the coming years.
Hi Linda, we don't get much snow in my area. Though it rarely drops below minus 5-10c, it can be quite tough on my plants when the moisture-rich soil freezes without any insulating snow on top. How are winters in your area @lindy4a ?
These are double the size of last year's (which barely made it past the size of a matchstick head), but I'm hoping for some more growth (and ripening would be nice too). Lots of bunches (again, compared to last year), but I can't make myself remove any of them.
Oh no @gjones ! I was so afraid for mine too, because so much died this winter. Now we've just finished about a month of warm weather and no rain (that is extremely rare around here!), but I don't think my grapes should expect any more warm temps, we might have autumn weather the rest of the year.
@gjones, this is it! Not sure if they will amount to much before the season ends, but we'll see. Not sure if they are especially late because of weather, or if they are supposed to be late-fruiting. Bought them at one of the large chains GC, and I know selling what really works locally isn't always on top of their list of priorities. I still like the plant, though, so I enjoy it with or without fruit😀
They're coming- do you have them in a sunny area! Ours get full afternoon sun. I know you've been having a really wet summer so not too many hours of sunshine but you have a longer growing season than we do so yours still have time to mature. Ours are supposed to be similar to concord grapes when fully ripe.
I thought yours looked larger @gjones. Then we can both hope! Since my garden has seen mostly autumn and very few summer days this season, I think it would only be fair if we got some mild and dry weeks now.
Look what I found! Actually, there are about 6 or 7 and the vine is still young, so I know some of them will have to go. But for now I choose to just enjoy them and see if any will fall off on their own.
A neighbour gifted me three grape vines this spring, Valiant variety. They're still in pots but have bloomed and we're afraid to disturb them now as we want to see if they'll produce grapes. Probably better to plant in ground after fruit production, right?
I wouldn't know - I did not even notice any flowers om mine! But it probably makes sense not disturbing it right now. As long as it gets enough water, I guess it should be allright. (but don't take my word for it) @gjones