If you are planting a new vineyard you have a choice: Spend 8 to 20 cents for a milk carton or paper vine guard which provides one season of spray protection, or spend 70 cents to $1.00 for plastic grow tubes which provide multiple benefits.
1. Spray protection
2. Reduced vine training costs
3. Protection from animals
4. Accelerated growth (balanced growth) with no need to prune to 2 buds after the first season and a commercial crop one year sooner
5. Increased survival (fewer replants)
It’s that aspect of multiple benefits that makes it difficult to put a real value on grow tubes. How do you sum up all of the benefits to determine if grow tubes increase return on investment?
Answer: You don’t have to. The saving in vine training costs alone pays for the grow tubes in just the first few months. Everything else is, as they say, gravy.
I have always told customers that the cost of training vines up a stake to the cordon wire is about 10 to 15 cents per vine per pass through the field. I realized this morning I have been using that same 10 to 15 cent figure for the past 18 years when it was first told to me by a large customer (the vineyard was large, not the customer). I realized how dated my figures were when I recited them to a good customer (and better friend) this morning, and he laughed at me. He said vine training now runs at least 25 to 30 cents per vine per pass!
Assuming it takes 3 to 4 passes to train vines up to the cordon wire, that’s 75 cents to $1.20 per vine in training costs – which pays for your grow tubes.
Which, in turn, reduce all of your other vineyard establishment costs and, just for good measure, provide you with harvestable (spell check is telling me that’s not a word, but it should be) crop one year sooner.
And you won’t find better pricing on the best grow tubes than at Wilson Orchard & Vineyard Supply. Contact us today!