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Sooty grapes

Postby KG Steve » Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:59 pm

Does anyone have any tips for cleaning up the grapes I have just harvested from my polytunnel? It's my own fault - many of them are covered with sooty mould from an infestation of aphids that I never did get around to spraying. Now the berries are covered and it will take an age to wash them all before we juice/eat them.

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Re: Sooty grapes

Postby Westi » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:46 pm

Lucky you Captain - proper grapes! Birds got mine but they are outdoors and were tiny but great in with the berries with some yoghurt as very sweet! What about just soaking the grapes in some washing up liquid in the sink, then rinsing & drying? I get it on my brussels tops & other brassicas some years (whitefly), & I do this & it works pretty well. I take the leaves off so can give it a swirl around so this might not get the edges of the grapes near the stem.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained though!

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Re: Sooty grapes

Postby oldherbaceous » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:57 am

Maybe try soaking a bunch in water for a while, then rinsing them off with a stiff spray, from a hose nozzle....
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Re: Sooty grapes

Postby KG Steve » Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:57 am

Thanks chaps - I'll give your suggestions a try. Has to be worth it as I'm rather pleased with the crop this year. The vine is about four years onld now and it has been steadily producing more bunches each year. Not enough to make wine though ot I'd send you a bottle for your trouble! :lol:
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