pastrycheffowler wrote:just got a californian ruby from a nursery, its about 3 feet tall. any advice on taking care of this plant?
As you can see from my photo..I grow my vine under glass as over here we do not get a long enough summer to get the grapes to ripen in the open air.
I have found this var to be very vigorous in its growth so I grow it as just a single main leader with cropping side shoots coming from this leader. It seems to crop very readily so I stop each side shoot two leaves beyond the forming bunch.
Under glass it is inclined to over set in the bunch which then need hand thinning....I suspect though that in your much better climate this would not be required.
I regularly remove a couple of barrow loads of excess growth each summer pre-ripening ...just shows how strong they grow.
An apple a day.....keeps me in work.