HelloI have two table grape vines growing in my conservatory
I have two table grape vines growing in my conservatory, although the roots are outside as they once grew over a pergola. About 20 years ago we took down the pergola and built a conservatory round them without disturbing the roots. They create lovely shade in the spring and summer and provide quantities of grapes, far more than we need.
Over the past two years, and especially this year, they are creating a stickiness which gets on to the tiled floor and furniture. Towards the end of this season I needed to wash the floor everyday. We took the fruit off earlier than the leaves, and this helped slightly but not a great deal. All the leaves are now off and the problem of stickiness seems to have more or less gone. At least the floor no longer feels sticky.
We love the vine, but are seriously contemplating taking it down, or at least cutting the root and using the frame to grow something else up.
Could you help us with either solving the problem, or giving us some advice on what we might grow up the dead vine frame instead.
Very many thanks.
- 29 Oct, 2011