Giving the Gift of Flowers…

December 16th, 2010 | Posted by

Flowering time in the Sandihurst vineyardFlowering time in the Sandihurst vines. Heres a close up of whats going on. Flowering has started, meaning the cap has fallen from the berry, exposing the anthers and stigma. Given the right weather conditions (and it has been great this year in Waipara) there will be a transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma. Grapes are self fertilising.   In this photo you can see two types of berries on this bunch. Towards the right hand end of the bunch the berries have 'set' and are now fully fledged grapes, ready to grow. Towards the left, to the end of the stem, the berries have not yet set and in some cases (see at the back on the 'wing') flowering has not yet occurred. What does it all mean? Well here in Waipara the flowering has gone very well. Great weather conditons has meant more berries on each bunch = bigger bunches = bigger crops. Crop management will be, as always, an important part of the viticultural workload.  Having said that, the season is only half way through and without a crystal ball its really too hard to say how it will end up. As with any agricultural enterprise Mother Nature plays the biggest role.