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Record Family Wines

Tricia Swartz
 
January 23, 2013 | Growing Cycle, Paso Robles, Vineyard | Tricia Swartz

The Growing Cycle: January

This year on the blog, we are going to SHOW you the growing cycle of a grapevine. We have chosen a Merlot vine to feature once a month so that our followers can get the “vineyard experience” from home!

[Merlot vine.]

Merlot vine.

Technically, the growing season begins in Spring with bud break, and ends with dormancy in the Winter. But it will be interesting to see how the ground, light, and vine changes through out the year from beginning to end!

Right now, the vines are still dormant. The weather is cold and many nights (and early mornings) have experienced frost this year. The roots of the vine may still be growing, but there is no visible growth of the vine at this time.

We are hoping for ample rainfall during this dormancy period so that the ground gets the water it needs without having to irrigate early in the growing season. We have planted a cover crop and have taken other measures to prevent erosion in anticipation of the rainfall!

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Check back in February for another update!

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