Back on June 16th, Mia and I went by Dead Fred vineyard to check out bloom and see how the vineyard was doing.
It was my first trip there since some of the vines have been replaced.
The growth is great, and Mia says the vines look good.
The internode length is getting shorter, so the vines will put more focus on the fruit from here on out, rather than growth.
The new rootstock is St. George. Mia said you can spot it by the red edges around the outside of each leaf.
Bloom looks like it was uneven here at this vineyard.
There are the clusters that haven’t bloomed yet.
Some clusters that have just finished with bloom.
Some clusters that look more like set berries.
In most of the vines, all of these different blooms stages are happening on the same vine.
This was caused by our uneven spring weather. It was cool here, then it would warm up for a week, and then go cool again. Vines don’t like that start-stop kind of weather.
The seeds are really soft, and not really developed yet. Mia said the next stage is seed hardening. – Skippy