I have a robust (table) grape plant, but something is picking
off the immature grapes as they first bud. I had ants walking
on the plant up to a few weeks ago before the buds emerged.
I killed them off with ant baits located on the plant and
on the ground. The only pest I've seen now is a couple of
bound-up leaves with caterpillars inside. I've been able to
kill all of them - there were probably only ten so far.
Occasionally, I see some wasps flying around. Any help is
It's normal for the small grapes that came from flowers that didn't get
pollinated to fall off. On mine, some of the tiny grapes fall off the
cluster leaving most of them to continue on. Could this fit what you are
I guess what you're saying is possible. I'm still not sure
if they're at the stage you mention. They are still really
small, maybe 2 to 3 millimeters across, definitely pre-flower
stage since they've just started forming. Thanks.
Two to 3 millimeters sounds about right but.... but.... pre-flower
stage? Do you mean to say that it's not really grapes falling off but
I just went back to your original post to try to make sense of this. Are
you talking about the tiny buds that would turn into the entire cluster
of grapes and not just a single grape?
I bet that's it and I don't know what is going on. I can't think of
anything that would eat them but not the new leaves. Maybe a
neighborhood birds has developed a taste for those buds?
Yes, it is the little buds. Last year, the surviving buds
did turn into grape clusters, but the percentage left was
quite low because of this [it was the first fruiting year for
this plant so I didn't question it - and there were the ants
and an occasional snail]. I'm wondering how growers [can]
deal with this. Hopefully, before it's too late, I'll get a
chance to visit one to find out what they know. I'll follow
up if and when I learn more.
It turns out the culprit is a moth that's larvae destroy
the grape buds. Physically have to remove them and look
for more [supposedly destroy that infested plant]. If
anyone knows of a good moth/larvae killer safe or easily
washable, please let me know.
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