Grape Growing for Amateurs; Being Plain Instructions for the Successful Cultivation of Grapes, with Lists of Varieties Most Suitable for the Amateur

Grape Growing for Amateurs; Being Plain Instructions for the Successful Cultivation of Grapes, with Lists of Varieties Most Suitable for the Amateur

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...long the first year of planting; but if the amateur can produce a cane of 15ft. this will show that neglect has not been the rule, and that some good has resulted from my teaching. Encourage the leader to grow in an upright manner by securing it to the support until it reaches the wires, when the growth should be loosely secured to the regular wires of the house. It is not wise to attempt to bend the shoot suddenly close to the wires if it has made, say, a couple of feet growth since last attended to, because there is risk of injury resulting from such training of the growth, which is very succulent at this stage, and may snap ofi suddenly. This can be avoided by partly bending the shoot first, so as to get it into position for the next time of training. The main stem should be allowed to grow away at will; lateral growths will spring from each leaf, but these should be pinched off at the first joint, and again when they have made another leaf growth, which is called a sublateral; afterwards the growth should be restricted to this point. By allowing these lateral growths to extend at all, the main eyes situated at the base of each leaf will remain dormant; but sometimes these start into growth when the laterals which spring from beside them are removed entirely. These main eyes, for about 5ft. of the length of the stem, will be required for the next season to furnish growth for future use, or at least some of them; but how many will be determined when pruning takes place, and therefore it is important that they should not start into growth this year. When the leading shoot has made, say, 15ft. of growth, or a little less if the top of the house be reached sooner, the point should be removed, which will have the necessary effect of...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236986687
  • 9781236986689