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Need help with grapes...

Posted by NAUgrad2005 Idaho (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 6, 13 at 16:07

I planted 3 different varieties of grapes when I moved into my home 6 years ago: Thompson's Seedless green grapes, Concord grapes and a red grape. The plants did well and bore fruit each year, but I've lost my crops the past 2 years due to powdery mildew. The vines grow in a planter area in the corner of my backyard but span roughly 15 feet wide along the fence. During the season, I was diligent with keeping my vines open and airy. This year, I think I'll try to treat them. I'm at a loss of what to do this spring though,,,should I cut off any areas that still look diseased? The vines are watered by my sprinkler system daily throughout the spring and summer, although the sprinklers only run for about 10 minutes in the backyard. Please help...I'm a grape novice!

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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 6, 13 at 17:31

Daily water probably isn't the cause of your powdery mildew. But it's not a good schedule for grapes or even a lawn for that matter. Could you go to a weekly or twice weekly watering?

Grapes would do best with a deep watering every couple weeks. Once a week on shallow soil.

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  • Posted by murky z8f pnw Portlan (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 6, 13 at 21:00

Also its probably best to water the roots and not the foliage.

RE: Need help with grapes...

I had some powdery mildew last year.

This year I may try spraying with a solution of milk. I may also try EM (effective organisms).

Definitely not into soaking my food with fungicides.

RE: Need help with grapes...

  • Posted by campv Arizona (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 7, 13 at 14:42

I have been growing grapes for about 20 yrs now(Calf. & AZ) and have learned a lot, mostly the hard way. First and formost do not water the vines from above Big NG. Do not water with a sprinkler under them as it will drive the spores. Put them on drip system or deep water with the hose. They get wet and are not dry by night you will get fugus or if it rains and they do not dry quickly, you will get fungus. If you have lots of humindity you are going to get fungus. Though I don't remmber Idaho haviing tons of humidity in the Coer d' Alene area , but I don't no where you are at. Keeping them aired out is perfect.
As for the fungus during the dorment season you can spray and it won't effect the fruit. I use a dorment spray 3 times during the winter and if I had fungus the year before I will spray with a funguside before leaf break. Keep the leaves dry, maybe even a little dusty dirty. Once there is leaf break I do not spray @ all. Hope this will help

RE: Need help with grapes...

spray with wettable sulfur or dust with sulfur every 2 weeks from bud break till veriason, assuming your grapes arent sulfur sensitive.

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