Grapes from Gardens Alive!
At Gardens Alive!, we believe that growing environmentally responsible grapes starts with selecting grape varieties that are easy to grow, productive and flavorful. Our team partners with plant breeders throughout the country to find grape varieties that exhibit qualities such as cold hardiness, pest and disease resistance, outstanding flavor and productivity. The grape vines we offer for sale are ones that are tops for home gardeners.
Choosing the Right Grape Vines & Plants
When selecting grape vines for your garden, first consider your grow zone. Some grape varieties perform in southern areas of the country, while others are more suitable to northern regions. Next, consider the space they'll need. Most grape varieties require 8-12 ft. of space and full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily). Some varieties, such as RazzMatazz® Seedless Grape, can be grown in a container. Finally, consider how you want to use your grapes. Table grapes are best for eating fresh--and many people prefer seedless varieties. Wine grapes are tops for making into juice or wine.
Grapes: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase
Successfully growing grapes in your home garden starts with quality vines and site selection. Grapes thrive in fertile, well-drained soil, full sun and in a location that offers protection from wind and late frost. Because they are vines, your grape plants also require an arbor or trellis.
Planting grape vines is fairly easy, and can be done in the spring or fall. Before planting, work plenty of compost into the soil.
How to Plant Grape Vines
If planting bareroot vines, soak the plants in water for about three hours before planting. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root system of the plant, and plant the vine at the same level it was growing in the nursery. Water well. During the vine's first year, grape vines require about inch of water weekly.
When to Plant Grape Vines
Grape vines can be planted in the spring or fall. If planting in the spring, make sure to water regularly during the growing season.
Where to Plant Grape Vines
Grape vines require full sun and plenty of space--about 8-12 ft. per plant. They also should be planted in an area that offers protection from wind and late spring frosts. If possible, grow the vines east/west as this will reduce the shade cast by the trellis. Grape vines also require the support of an arbor or trellis.
How to Grow and Care for Grapes
After planting, the grape vines should be trained on a trellis. Pruning isn't required the first year. After the first year, prune annually in the winter when the plants are dormant, but before the weather becomes too cold. Canes that have borne fruit should be pruned back sharply. Mulching can reduce weeds and grass around the base of the vines. Some gardeners place netting over their vines to keep birds from eating the fruits.
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