Thursday, July 24, 2014

Edmonton Grapes Looking Great - July 2014

It has been cool this summer so far in Edmonton, have not even thought about turning on the air conditioner.  That is the benchmark that gives me an idea what the summer has been like.  While it has been cooler, the grapes are comming along nice and there hasnt been the hail like last summer.
One thing we have been battling this year is more leaf hoppers than in the past, and they were really bad at the beginning of the summer but have tapered off now somewhat.  Perhaps the spiders and other preditor insects are catching up to them.
In any case the Evangeline looks exceptional with big long loos clusters forming see below;

We have alot of Joffre this year as well despite the winter cold. I think the vine gets stronger as it gets more mature, but we didnt over crop it and we had a long fall and lots of time for the vine to shut down before the winter last fall and that always helps. Joffre below;

The acadie is also looking really good, but you can see from the pictures, the leaf hoppers really liked the leaves in the early spring.  Right beside the acadie is St. Croix and the leaf hoppers didnt really go to that vine at all.  Acadie below;

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bloom Time at Arrow Lakes Vineyard

So despite the average temperatures of 12.5 for May and 15.5c for June by June 30th most the the varieties were well into bloom.  We are a few days ahead than usual given the temperature and this could be the above normal heat we had in the last week of June or the we've added soil amendments this year and last fall (fertilizer).  What ever the case the grapes are looking good and the castel is producing nice clusters this year and we have good clusters on the pinot noir and the zweigelt which we haven't had before...this has got to be the fertilizer working.  Not much else to report but I have a bunch of photos of the varieties in bloom - took these photos June 30th.

Castel (responding very well to fertilizer, excelelnt growth and clusters this year)

Colmar Precoce Noir (tentative but getting stronger - similar to Lucy Kuhlman)

Evangeline (huge clusters of 1-2 clusters per shoot, almost as big as Seyval clusters)

L'Acadie (Acadie) (2-3 large clusters per shoot, looking good)

Leon Millot (good growth and consistent producer)

Lucy Kuhlman (good growth this year, more clusters)

Marechal Foch (nice strong growth)

Petite Milo (excellent consistent production again, very small clusters)

Pinot Noir 115 (finally some decent flower clusters, likes the fertilizer)

Ravat 34 (excellent production, overbearing)

St. Croix (comming along, second year now)

Triompe d'alsace (strong, healthy, good producer)

Zweigeltrebe (Zweigelt) (finally some good clusters this year, likes the fertilizer)