Grapes also grow well in Nueva Ecija

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CULTIVATION OF GRAPES has been steadily in­creas­ing in the coun­try dur­ing past sev­eral years. In fact, sev­eral vine­yards can now be found in the dif­fer­ent prov­inces of the coun­try like in Cebu, Iloilo, Cota­bato, Mas­bate, and La union.

Grape cultivation is also be­com­ing pop­u­lar in the province of Nueva Ecija where at least two agri­cul­ture en­thu­si­asts have shown that grapes can grow well in their area.

As starter for those who may want to have a vine­yard, the pro­duc­tion, sci­ence, and study of grapes is called viti­cul­ture, which is a branch of the sci­ence of hor­ti­cul­ture.

With the pas­sage of time, the grape vine has man­i­fested high lev­els of adapt­abil­ity to new en­vi­ron­ments, which made viti­cul­ture pop­u­lar in many ar­eas of the globe.

While there are many fac­tors which can af­fect the over­all qual­ity of a grape vine, a viti­cul­tur­ist should know how to mon­i­tor and con­trol pests and dis­eases; proper fer­til­iza­tion, ir­ri­ga­tion, and canopy man­age­ment; mon­i­tor­ing of fruit de­vel­op­ment and char­ac­ter­is­tics; de­cid­ing when to har­vest; and the time to prune the vines.

For the en­thu­si­asts in Nueva Ecija like Efraim de Guz­man Saturno, a sci­ence re­search spe­cial­ist at the Cen­tral Lu­zon State Univer­sity, and veteran journalist Anselmo Roque of Barangay Villa Cuizon, both in the Sci­ence City of Muñoz, they have to con­sider the three most im­por­tant fac­tors for rais­ing a grape vine – cli­mate, slope, and soil.

Since we are in a trop­i­cal coun­try, right fer­til­iza­tion can com­pen­sate for the vine­yard’s re­quire­ments for hav­ing the right cli­mate, slope and qual­ity of soil, to thrive well.

Like­wise, pro­vide the grape vines with trel­lises or any type of plant sup­port made out of lo­cally-avail­able ma­te­ri­als like bam­boo, and pre­pare them in such a way to with­stand wind pres­sure and to be able to sup­port the weight of the vines and the fruits.

To at­tain fer­tile grow­ing con­di­tions, Saturno and Roque heav­ily fo­cus on man­ag­ing their vines’ vig­or­ous growth by reg­u­larly ap­ply­ing Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer (APFF) in their ef­fort to de­velop or­ganic, eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive, and sus­tain­able vine­yards.

Af­ter all, grape vines need the right nu­tri­ents to have a good growth to bear qual­ity fruits, and pro­duce the right amount of yield, just like many other plants.

Grape vines need an ad­e­quate sup­ply of es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents like NPK to thrive well,

which the APFF can sup­ply. NPK rep­re­sents ni­tro­gen (N), phos­pho­rus (P), and potas­sium (K) which are used by the plants.

It was learned that from the el­e­ments of NPK, ni­tro­gen is usu­ally taken in large quan­ti­ties by the vines, which in­flu­ences the shoots, leaf for­ma­tion, and yield.

Saturno and Roque, who man­age their own vine­yards in their homes, say that nu­tri­ent de­fi­ciency usu­ally re­sults in stunted growth, and pale leaves that shed pre­ma­turely.

Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer pro­motes a vig­or­ous root sys­tem and proper growth with its high L-Amino acid con­tent which are eas­ily ab­sorbed by the plants. It also con­tains ef­fec­tive micro­organ­isms that pro­vide long-term ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on the phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal, and bi­o­log­i­cal con­di­tion of the soil.

On the other hand, NPK alone can­not of­fer an all-in-one so­lu­tion to plant nu­tri­tion and can be­come detri­men­tal when sup­plied in ex­ces­sive amounts.

This is where amino acids come in, the build­ing blocks of pro­tein, which are needed by the grape vines, like all other liv­ing or­gan­isms.

The APFF can like­wise in­crease the de­fense mech­a­nism of grape vines, pro­vide stress re­sis­tance, pro­mote nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion, im­prove fruit for­ma­tion, ac­ti­vate growth hor­mones, and im­prove pro­tein syn­the­sis.

The other trace el­e­ments needed by the plant can also be sup­plied through or­ganic fer­til­iza­tion, and fo­liar spray­ing.

APFF ef­fec­tively ad­heres on the plant’s sur­face which can pro­vide quick sup­ple­men­ta­tion.

For best re­sults, as what Saturno and Roque have been prac­tic­ing, APFF should be ap­plied early in the morn­ing or late in the af­ter­noon.

This is vi­tal, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the fruit-bear­ing pe­riod where in­ten­sive care is needed to at­tain abun­dant and big­ger clus­ters of fruit.

Proper ir­ri­ga­tion and fer­til­iza­tion should be done reg­u­larly, ac­cord­ing to the two en­thu­si­asts, adding that if the fruit clus­ters are over-crowded, the smaller berries be­tween the larger ones should be re­moved, which will re­sult in hav­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of the grapes, and the fruit clus­ters will be heav­ier.

It is im­por­tant to con­sider the train­ing, prun­ing, and stak­ing of the vines and thin­ning of the fruit clus­ters.

Other for­mu­la­tions are also be­ing ap­plied by Saturno and Roque which pro­mote the berries to be­come seed­less.

Grape cultivation is be­com­ing pop­u­lar in Nueva Ecija where at least two en­thu­si­asts have shown that grapes can grow well in their area.

APFF can in­crease the de­fense mech­a­nism of grape vines, pro­vide stress re­sis­tance, pro­motes nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion, im­proves fruit for­ma­tion, ac­ti­vates growth hor­mones, and im­proves pro­tein syn­the­sis.

Efraim de Guz­man Saturno shows a clus­ter of ma­tur­ing grapes of his vine­yard at his home.

Global Green Or­ganic Fer­til­izer, Inc. pres­i­dent Ricky Sun (right), man­u­fac­turer of Amino Plus Fer­til­izer, vis­its the vine­yard of Roque in Nueva Ecija.

If fruit clus­ters are over-crowded, the smaller berries be­tween the larger ones should be re­moved to at­tain a bet­ter qual­ity of grapes.

Anselmo Roque holds a clus­ter of grapes at his home.

Manny Pablo of Global Green Or­ganic Fer­til­izer, Inc. in­tro­duced the APFF to Saturno and Roque.

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