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When to start bagging grapes?

Posted by MrsG47 7 RI (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 12:16

Last year I bought 'organza' bags to cover my Concord grapes. The birds could see right through the bags, and pecked right into them, making a mess.

I ended the situation by unfortunately picking the grapes when they were purple but not fragrant nor fully ripe. The jam was horrible. Threw it out.

This year I took Scott's advice and bought cotton muslin bags that will not only protect the grapes they will be hidden from sight by the cloth. My Concords are now green but the grapes are swelling quickly and are almost the size of a dime. Is it too early to bag them? thanks, Mrs. G


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RE: When to start bagging grapes?

  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 14:41

Yes. They have to at least change color.


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RE: When to start bagging grapes?

Grapes are not dependent upon light exposure for color change.

You could bag them any time but keep in mind if it rains--depending upon your area--you could have mold problems with a wet bag around them. I have not noticed birds bothering the b-b sized grapes only the ones as they near maturity.


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RE: When to start bagging grapes?

I'll wait a little longer. Thanks all! Mrs. G


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Don't wait too much longer. I looked at my grapes yesterday and the birds had taken most of them already.

Scott


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Thanks Scott!


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  • Posted by myk1 5 IL (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 13:43

I used gallon ziplocs with the bottom completely opened. They didn't completely stop the squirrels but did seem to frustrate them. Didn't notice any birds pecking which is odd because they do with apple bags.
I put them on pretty early, way before I started seeing losses.


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I've only used baggies on apples. I'm trying the cotton muslin bags for the first time. My mailman thinks I'm a riot! Bags hanging on a grape arbor. . . Mrs. G


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RE: When to start bagging grapes?

  • Posted by myk1 5 IL (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 12:07

If people only knew.

Half my grapes were killed last winter, all were killed off to the ground so I don't have anything this year. Looking good for next year though (I have a new plan, temporary low tiers until they get thick when I'll let them go to the high tier).

I've seen one house around here that has whole trees bagged with some kind of fabric.
I've got some netting and am thinking up something like that for the grapes. At least make the squirrels do some acrobatics to get to them.


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You could use row cover,..or some other fabrics.


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