Seedless grapes without spraying
When I first started
researching seedless grapes, the consensus appeared to be that they
were very difficult to grow without spraying. "Whatever," I thought
naively. "My grapes will do fine."
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The Mars Seedless on the
left shows what generally happens with that kind of attitude. Fungi
began attacking the young grapes over a month ago, and at first I
plucked off the affected fruits whenever I noticed damage to prevent
the disease from spreading. Eventually, though, I threw up my hands and
let nature take its course. And, in exchange, nature provided one ripe
grape. The lone fruit was tasty...but not a very good harvest from two
vines that have spent nearly five years in the ground.
In stark contrast,
Reliance is continuing to live up to its name. I started the vine on
the right from a cutting less than three years ago. It's already
fruiting, and after picking off only one or two blighted grapes, the
clusters are now pristine. One was already ripe enough to eat and it
definitely hit the spot!
Guess which variety is
going to replace the troublesome Mars Seedless this winter?