Friday, August 29, 2014

Edmonton Grapes Ripening Aug 2014

Has not been the warmest summer this year in Edmonton, in fact hardly had the air conditioner on at all but that has not stopped the grapes from ripening on time if not a bit earlier than usual.  The joffre started to turn color the first week in august and has sugars as of August 29th of about 15 brix.  The Baltica started to turn just after and by the same date has a brix of 12 (it is more shaded than any of the varieties).  The Evangeline is great and the berries are soft and have nice varietal character and are at brix of 14 as of August 29.  The St Croix is just starting to turn which is about 3-5 days earlier than usual.  Here are the photos.

Joffre (can see the leaf hopper damage to the leaves,...also on the St. Croix)

Baltica

Evangeline (big clusters)

St. Croix