Growing Grapes in Texas Jim Kamas Central Texas Gardener
I love Tait Moring's sense ofgardening style. Thanks so much for opening your gates for us. Right now we're going to talk aboutgrowing grapes. One of the hottest topics here in Texas because of all the wineries. We have Jim Kamas with us. It's great to have you back on theprogram. Welcome. Thanks, Tom, I appreciate it. Welcome back to Central Texas Gardener. You've just published a great new bookGrowing Grapes in Texas.
Congratulations on that! Thanks a lot. It took a couple years to get done, but I'm I'm pretty happy with it. Well you know, like I said, it's a hottopic. A lot of people are very interested in growing grapes in their backyard. Maybe one ofthose famous table grapes, like Concord or something like that. Well Concord ispretty tough to grow here. Concord likes acid soils which we don'thave. And it's much more adapted a cooler climates. If you wanted to grow Fredonia or some of the other lebrusca types, they'll work, but
Concord is a pretty tough one to grow here. Ok, well your book is filled with tips aboutvarieties and things like that. Let's focus on that home grower. You know , I know for example I go out to hillcountry every now and again to go to Fredericksburg, places around there. And I see wineries springing up like mushrooms now. And it kinda makes me wanna grow grapeshere in town. What does a home gardner need to know to get startedé Well if you're a homeowner and you want to grow enough vines to produce a little bit of wine
my advice is plant what you like. If you're planting a commercial vineyards we're going to have a very different discussion. But if you like Merlot, plant Merlot. If you like Syrah, plant Syrah. For smallscale, you have no big economicinvestment, so plant what you like and go with that. Yeah okay, that makes sense. In terms of the space needs, the sun,
all those kinds of things, grapes arerather particular and disease prone. Yes. So let's give people an idea of whatthe basics are that they would need to have any kind of success. Sure. Commercially our rows are spaced nine to ten feet apart, but in the backyard if you are maintaining the row centers with alawnmower or something, you can place the rows as close as six feet apart.And you can also go as tight as five to six feet between vines. You can put a lot of vines in arelatively small space.
So small space is OK. When we talk about the rows, we are talking about providing structures on which the the vines can grow and supportthemselves. Yes, a lot of times in California you'll see these free standing vines that are called head pruned vines. They don't do very well here because we need to keep our vines up off the ground because it rains here duringthe summer and they are very disease prone as you mentioned.
The Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park Grapevine Texas
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Grapevine Control Indiana DNR
Hi I'm Sam Carman with the Indiana Divisionof Forestry. If you come into most Indiana woods you'll find vines. I'm here with districtforester Janet Eger, Janet are these vines a problem to the treesé It depends on what types of vines we're talkingabout, Sam. Grapevines are definitely a problem for trees. If you're trying to grow timbergrapevines can cause a lot of harm to the growth and development of those trees. Othertypes of vines, such as poison ivy and virginia creeper, provide no harm to the tree and actuallyhave wildlife benefits. Now grapevines can also have wildlife benefits and we don't alwayswant to eliminate all the vines in the woods.
But we do want to be particular about theareas we eliminate them. So where might you leave a grapevineé The best places to leave grapevines are aroundedges of the woods because that is the most productive area for wildlife anyway. Or downin the center of the woods if you have a cull tree, a tree that's no good, and the vinesare not spreading out into some of your desired crop trees. That would be a good place toleave vines also. So you mentioned that grapevines can be harmfulto the trees, how can you tell them apart from the other vinesé
It's fairly easy Sam, with grapevines, theywill always swing free from the trees. Desirable vines such as poison ivy and virginia creeperwill have little feet that attach themselves directly to the tree. You see how shreddedand raveled that grape vine is, a lot of squirrels and birds will use those ravelings to helpwith their nest building. That's why we don't want to eliminate all of the grapevines inthe woods, but again we want to make sure we eliminate the vines out of our desiredcrop trees. Okay, and how do we do thaté There's two ways. You can either use a chainsawor you can use clippers, it depends on the
size of the vine. We're going to work on thisvine first. He's going to cut up high and the reason to do that is because if you areworking in the woods and there is a lot of grapevine around, they can sometimes appearto grow before your eyes, and if you cut high you can see immediately that you've cut thatvine. So he's going to cut up high, that's the visual one for him. And then he's goingto make a cut down low and you want to make this low cut within 12 inches of where itcomes out of the ground. That minimizes and potential sprouting. All right Sam, We've got the two vines cut,but we want to ensure that they stay dead,
so we're going to treat these cut stumps witha chemical that is designed specifically to kill the vine. So that chemical will actually go into theroots of the vine and deaden ité It will, yes. And Sam, that's all there is too it. You havenow eliminated the grapevine competition from your forest. Very good, well thank you very much Janet. You're welcome Sam.
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