Grapes are tasty treats harvested from your garden. They can be processed into wine, juice or raisins. Grapevines like full sunlight and average to rich soil. Grapevines grow 4 to 6 feet tall and can spread 8 to 15 feet.
Install your support system before you plant your grapevines. This way you have less chance of disturbing your young transplants later. Train the grapevines up and over the supports as they grow.
Grapevines are propagated by cuttings, grafting or layering. It is rare to get a true grape variety through seed propagation.
Keep the soil around the grapevine roots moist. Mulch well to prevent moisture loss. Feed in the spring with well-rotted compost.
Thin grape clusters in early summer while the fruit is still small and hard. This prevents overcrowding and uneven ripening of the grapes.
Prune the grapevines back to a stump with two buds in late winter. Once the buds have started to grow, remove the weaker bud.
Grapevines are susceptible to black rot, botrytis bunch rot and anthracnose infection. Remove and destroy the infected plant parts in order to eliminate the disease.
- The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
- Oklahoma Cooperative Extension: Growing Grapes in the Home Garden
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