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Old 03-17-2010, 02:34 PM
Location: Escondido, CA
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Does anyone grow grapes here?

I bought three grape vines from a nursery this February: chardonnay, zinfandel, and, if I remember correctly, the third one was cabernet. They are all planted next to each other in the same location.

The chardonnay vine broke first buds around March 1st, and, as of today, it's all covered with new shoots, some shoots are already 4-5 inches long.

What concerns me is that I don't see any activity in the other two vines. They are still exactly as they were on the day I brought them from the nursery. Is that normal? Did my vine start growing earlier than normal for some reason, are there significant differences between varieties in this aspect, or are the other two vines damaged somehow?

I'm in Southern California, zone 9.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:37 PM
Location: OB
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I havent planted grapes before but I've seen this with my other transplants. All things equal, sometimes you get a plant that roots faster than the others. I have two bell peppers that were both the same size and planted at the same time - one is now twice as big as the other.
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:28 PM
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Sometimes the wholesalers spray a chemical to force dormancy on fruit trees & rose bareroots. I'm not sure if they do with grape vines though. If you planted & watered all 3 stocks the same you've at least eliminated error on your part. Contact your nursery and tell them. Most will give you replacements if you dig them up & show them. Are you going to trellis your vines? And if you get a chance plant Alexandrian Muscat grapes. Those are sooo tasty (:
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