Look after grapes in summer
Keep vines under control to get more grapes, says Lucy
SITTING under a pergola draped in vines, glass of sauvignon blanc in your hand, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’re living the dream – and the good news is that gardeners don’t need to wake up! Growing grapes is a cinch (OK, so perhaps wine-making is more challenging) so what exactly is involved?
At this time of year the objective is to keep the vigorous growth of grapevines in check and maximise bunch production. Those of you with indoor grapes may be tacking these tasks already, and outdoor vine growers won’t be far behind. Let’s look at what to do, step by step (see right).
Those of you with glasshouse grapes can thin out the fruitlets on individual bunches if you want good-quality grapes. I’ll warn you, though, that it’s a labour of love! Follow Lucy’s tips for more grapes Grapevines are rampant plants that need to be...