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pclark42pclark42 Posts: 164
I have always wanted to grow a grapevine, so this year I purchased one in January, the people at the nursery advised me to cut it back to 3 buds from the base of the stem, as it was I suppose it was near 2 foot long, so when ready to plant I cut it as told, I waited and waited for some signs of life, then just when I was beginning to think it was dead the 3 buds began to show life, i watered the area with tomato feed, but maybe only once every 10 days, the buds turned into leaves and the stems grew longer, now the taller of these shoots has a flower beginning to show, a sort of bluish mauve shade, but I was expecting it to grow like a climbing bean, so i read something from the RHS that says all flowers in the first year should be removed? I can't go back to the nursery due to them being on lock-down, does anyone on here have advise, should I leave it alone and let it grow? I'm going to post a picture later so you can see the development.


  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Yeah, Id just leave it to grow this year.  Ive had mine in the ground two seasons and Ill look at trimming them in the coming winter.  They take a while to get going in my experience.

    Was there a particular question you had?
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    edited May 2020
    seems a bit early for a flower but you can always remove the grapes once they are more recognisable. You have a couple of months before the plant will start wasting any energy on fruit.

    A picture would help to see if this flower is in fact a grape
  • pclark42pclark42 Posts: 164
    Just took this photo of grape and noticed something eating leaves, and edges of leaves are turning Brown , i have put slug pellets near it.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Looks pretty healthy to me if a little dry/heat has damaged those leaves.

    What have you got it inside and can you get it in the ground?
  • pclark42pclark42 Posts: 164
    It is in the ground but within the polytunnel 
  • ConpjConpj Posts: 15
    Better to remove flowers in first year. Doing well to have them at all. Roots need to develope
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,731
    Quite frankly, I would let it get on with growing.  When in doubt - leave it out!!  It's looking good - nothing wrong with a bit of brown on the leaves.  Don't overwater it - they are hardy plants.  
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • pclark42pclark42 Posts: 164
    I can't believe what happened today, I was sat in the polytunnel sowing a few seeds when I thought I saw movement in the corner where the Grapevine is planted, I turned my head slowly only to see a flippin rat crawl in under the framework, I jumped up thinking I would kill it, but it escaped under the frame in the other corner, I ran after it, but it was off. I have now jammed some flat stone down in the corners in an attempt to keep it out, I have also been out and purchased a rat bait station which is now laid in wait for it.
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    hope you bait that rat, they can literally chew through cement if they want to. Lovely looking progress on the grape, the polytunnel is working well
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