grapes - Knowledgebase Question

Warrensburg, Mi
Question by gregga
February 26, 2010
my grapes are not fully ripening. they never get soft enough to eat?


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Answer from NGA
February 26, 2010

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The most common cause for grapes failing to ripen is growing the wrong variety for your gardening region. Some types of table grapes need a longer growing season than your garden can provide. Another possible cause is that your grapevines have more grapes than it can develop to maturity. This is easy to fix - simply thin the grape clusters out when the grapes are about pea-size. Cut out about a third of the clusters to help redirect the plant's energy into ripening the remaining clusters. Some of the best varieties to grow in your region include Himrod, Interlaken Seedless, Lakemont, Marquis, Remaily Seedless, Romulus, Concord Seedless, Glenora,
Mars, Venus, Canadice, Challenger, Einset Seedless, Reliance, Saturn,
Suffolk Red, and Vanessa. I hope your grapevines are one of the above!

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