How to Plant Concord Grapes in Containers

Overview

We all know about the rolling acres of vineyards where people grow grape vines with thought of space. You probably didn't know that you can also grow grapes in containers. According to a study done by Martin L. Kaps, of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, a vine needs about "8 to 10 square centimeters of leaf area per gram of fruit weight." As long as you don't limit the growth of the vines too much, you can grow a healthy crop of grapes in a container.

Step 1

Set your container in an area where it will get full sun. Try to set it in place before you add the potting soil and water or it may get too heavy to move. Plan on setting up some sort of support for the vines for when they start growing rapidly. Your container should have good drainage at the bottom so that the grapevine's roots are not sitting in water.

Step 2

Add your potting soil. Use a mix with vermiculite and perlite to keep it from being too heavy. Your container must hold at least 5 gallons of soil to provide enough nutrients for the vines. Also, since grapes are known for liking an alkaline soil, test the soil and add lime to get it in the correct pH balance.

Step 3

Dig a 12-inch hole down in the pot and add your grape vine. Press the soil in around the roots so they get good soil-to-root contact. Water the plant well every few days until you see signs of new growth. Water only during times of extreme heat or drought.

Step 4

Top-dress the container every spring by removing the top 6 inches of soil and replacing it with a layer of well-rotted compost and potting soil. This will provide new nutrients for the roots during the following growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Large container with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Grape vine
  • Lime
  • Well-rotted compost

References

  • American Journal of Enology and Viticulture: Growth and Fruiting of Container-Grown Seyval blanc Grapevines Modified by Changes in Crop Level, Leaf Number and Position, and Light Exposure
  • Fruit Expert: Growing Grapes
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About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and eHow.com. Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.