This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A few years ago a discovery was made that hothouse grapes could be preserved all through winter by cutting the bunch with a piece of stem and putting the stem in a bottle of water. Since then large fruit houses have been built which have special arrangements for racks with bottles, and much money has been made by grape-growers who have gone extensively into the plan. Now a great move forward has been made by Mons. Vilhers, a French grape-grower, who finds that a potato will do as well as a bottle of water. He says: "Toward the end of October I cut the shoot with the cluster attached, sharpen the lower end to a point and stick it into a potato. I spread the bunches out on straw or dry hay, so that they shall not touch each other. Thus prepared, these shoots keep quite as well as if the shoots with the bunches attached were inserted in bottles filled with water".