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Proper pruning, plucking and picking produces the best grapes


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Do you have a grapevine that looks great in the Spring but awful by harvest time? Mike McGrath reveals how proper pruning, plucking and picking can produce grapes you’ll be proud of!


Questions of the Week:

“Every year I get a nice initial production of grapes from my backyard vines, but they eventually develop blackish spots, dry up and die. My father says it’s “black rot.’ Is there anything I can do to prevent it?”

— Angelo in Springfield (Delaware County) PA

“Every year in the late spring I get beautiful little green grapes. But by mid-summer they’re all dry and dark looking. I’ve tried all kinds of fungicide sprays, but none helped. I showed the grapes to my local extension office, but they had no idea what it was. I remember Mike mentioning a product called “Surround” in one of his shows. Do you think that it’s applicable here?”

— Jing, “doing well in Clinton, NJ”

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