How I get rid of a Phylloxera grapevine infestation?
September 16, 2008 9:07 PM Subscribe
(Amature Viticulture filter)...What do I do to get rid of a Phylloxera
posted by pluckysparrow to home & garden (5 answers total)
I have 2 grapevines growing in my backyard. They are both concord type grapes and were already growing and well established prior to the purchase of the property. One of the grape vines has what looks like a very bad Phylloxera infestation. The leaves are covered in hundreds of raised bumps and curling inwards.
Most of the advice on Phylloxera that I'm finding online tends to be directed towards folks who own vineyards and suggests grafting resistant varieties onto the infested vine. They also suggest pesticides, which we'd prefer to avoid.
How do I get rid of the infestation? Do I need to destroy the whole plant? I'd hate for the infestation to spread to other local grape growers. Also, as the leaves will be dying back soon, what do I do with them after they fall? We usually haul our yard and garden waste to the local landfill where it is composted, but obviously, I don't want to spread Phylloxera everywhere.