digitS' wrote:Volunteers are not likely to produce ripe fruit in my garden - too much cool spring weather, too cool of summer nights.
I am curious why pulling leaves would improve quality, robotr73. Would it be that it allows more sunlight to reach the grapes and so, a reason for the grape growers to do this?
I have had various methods for supporting (& not supporting) the tomato vines over the years. After several years of "the sprawl," I went back to tying up the plants in 2011. One thing that I noticed was that there was significantly more splitting & sunscald on the tomatoes that year. It was very noticeable since it was confined to the south side of the plants and the fruit on the north side, didn't have the sun damage.
When growing grapes, leaf pulling can, by increasing exposure to the sun, facilitate the breakdown of compounds associated with green/vegetal aromas, which are seen as defects in most reds.
Interesting point about the sprawl - I have never tried this, but it might be worth a shot. I am betting I'll see a few more volunteers this year. Just have to be on top of the inevitable snail infestation I deal with every year, which, if left unchecked, can destroy a weekend of planting in a few hours!