Care for the young plantation

This is very important; often twice as much time is spent on young plantations as established vines.

  • Watering – Particularly important for potted vines
  • Weed control – Essential, as weeds compete for water and soil space. Care must be taken in herbicide selection & application
  • Protection from rabbits – Plastic blue netted sleeves often used
  • Protection from slugs & snails – Slug pellets in sleeves
  • Wind protection – Temporary windbreaks?
  • Disease protection – Beware of late season attacks
  • Tying up and summer pruning. Remove any flowers, shoots from rootstock and roots from scions.
  • Replacing unsuccessful vines. Recommend ordering a few extra and potting them up to replace missing vines