Posts Tagged ‘vsp’

Grapes Gone Wild

June 5, 2012

The third year Petit Manseng vines have grown into a real vineyard in the past month! Of course this is completely normal, but we still weren’t expecting such a big difference between the 2nd and 3rd year (or “leaf”). They’re now cordon trained along wires and bearing so much fruit that we have to go through and cluster thin. Since Petit Manseng is a super vigorous grower, we’re leaf pulling the canopy a little bit to allow more air movement.

Here’s a look at the evolution of the past few months:

March 28th: Budbreak

May 9th: Flowers

May 23rd: Fruit Set

June 2nd: Leaf Pulling & Cluster Thinning

A Mockingbird has decided to nest in the canopy and is not too happy about her hiding spot being revealed..

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Back in the Vineyard

March 21, 2012

Vineyard Pomeranian Dallas helps rough prune

Late winter and early spring is a busy time in the vineyard. As the weather warms up, buds on the vines begin to swell and the race is on! It can be a challenge to have everything pruned and ready to go by bud break, especially in a warm year like this one. Our vines are still very young and aren’t much trouble.  The 2011 plantings were pruned down to two or three buds for the sake of uniformity.  These will be interspersed with new plantings in April, so we’ve still got a few years until our grapes really come into their own.

Front row of pruned vines with unpruned vines in the background

Our little test block of Petit Manseng, however, was planted in 2010 and lovingly hand watered all summer. This year its ready to be trained along the cordon wire. The new shoots will grow straight up towards the top (catch) wires, in the Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellis system.  

Diagram of Vertical Shoot Positioning via www.netlinenetting.com.au

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