How to store grapes?

Many amateur gardeners are interested in the question of howto store grapes. There is nothing complicated in this. The main thing is to choose the right sort, which is well kept, and the place where you are going to store the harvest. The late varieties are well kept, such as Kutuzovsky, Moldova, Jubilee of Moldova. If everything is done correctly, then the grapes can be preserved even before the end of February, early March. In order to keep the grapes well preserved, it is very important to look after it properly during the growing season. The grapes are well kept from those bushes which, before harvesting, were not watered for 40-50 days.

How to store grapes in winter

To preserve the harvest, it is equally important to know howit is correct to cut off the clusters. Do it in dry weather. Cropping the clusters near the vines, leaving the comb more authentic. It is better not to touch the berries, so you will save the prune, which protects the fruits from rot. Brush should be taken solely for combing. A berries that are damaged, you need to remove the scissors.

  • Put the bunches in a plastic box, the bottom of whichPre-lay with clean paper. The box must be immediately lowered into the cellar, whose walls must be preliminarily whitewashed with lime, with the addition of copper or iron vitriol. It is better not to keep berries in the light. The ideal temperature for storing berries is not lower than 8 degrees, and humidity about 70%. To protect the fruit from rot, you can put potassium tablets or sodium bisulfate in the boxes (3-5 kg ​​of berries take 2-3 tablets).
  • Also, you can hang a bunch of grapes on a pole. To do this, they must be connected with a string of 35-40 cm long and thrown over the pole so that the bunches are at different heights and not touching each other. Be sure during the storage of fruit, check the bunches for rot and remove the damaged berries with scissors.

How to store grape cuttings

Cuttings of grapes can be stored in a pit deep45-50 cm, which should be excavated in the ground. The width and length of the pit depends on the number of cuttings. At the bottom of the pit it is necessary to pour in 1-2 cm of sand, after which it is possible to lay bundles of cuttings in the trench. You can lay it horizontally or vertically, after which it is necessary to cover the cuttings with sand, 2-3 cm thick. Next, we cover the pit with earth, 20-30cm thick. Thus, we will store cuttings until spring.

With the onset of frost, the earth will freeze, and togetherwith her to freeze and cuttings. Thanks to the frost, all existing fungi will be destroyed, and the kidneys, due to the thickness of the earth of 20-30 cm will remain untouched. Frost at this depth will not exceed 6-8 degrees. This temperature is absolutely safe for grape cuttings.

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