Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Early Spring Progress

Leafing and budding
Not so good for the adoptees

garage grape vine- gateway arch- budding
Pinot

The bud burst on the Pinot Noir portavines are well advanced this week, very pleasing.













The cuttings from last year, 'class of 2010', two good and two not so- yet, out of about ten, and five were potted.















The 2011 cuttings are swelling, fingers crossed, a leaf on one!









Shiraz



Shiraz portavines- progressing well.



















Class of 2010 cuttings survivors is not to bad, three maybe five are swelling up, the rest- nil...









The 2011 shiraz cuttings: one example
 











Lessons Learnt
Cuttings
The idea of putting the cuttings in the established vine pots is not such a good one after all, the propagation effort seems to be a bit dismal for the time and effort. Will stick with the mass planting in a pot or tray as pictured above.

Once there is an established growth spurt, will probably transfer to separate pots over the summer months.

Adoptees

It really is a shame that I put off planting the new vines I adopted from Harry. leaving them bare rooted for too long may have been very detrimental to the potential survival, as only a couple of the Shiraz plants seem to have any swelling buds, and the chardonnay plants- None. So far...

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