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Grow your own fresh fruit! Grapes are the perfect addition to your edible garden that will reap benefits for years to come! Grapes will grow in a variety of soils. Grapes are excellent when used as an ornamental and can be trained onto arbors, or on pergolas to provide a unique addition to the landscape. Once established, care consists entirely of annual pruning and picking the fruit. Grapes contain antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease and some cancers. Grapes are also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K.
About this Variety
Grape Catawba (vitis labrusca), is an American grape that produces copper red berries. Greenish flowers appear in spring, giving way to grapes later in the season. This grape is often used for wines (blush and rose), champagnes, jams and juices.
- Grow your own fresh fruit!
- Vigorous grower that grows well on arbors and pergolas
- Contains antioxidants that may help prevent illness
- Excellent source of vitamins A, C and K
- Perfect for fresh eating
Grows 10-15' tall
Plant 36-60" apart, 1-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 5-7, Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Grapes need deep, well-drained, loose soil with pH levels 5.5 to 6.5. Add 2-3" of mulch to maintain soil moisture. To plant: Remove plant from packaging. If the roots are dry, soak the roots no more than two hours before planting. Do not submerge the plant. Soak the roots only. Dig a hole slightly larger than the spread of the plant's root system. Place the plant in the center of the hole, spread out the roots and backfill with soil. Firm the soil around the roots as you backfill. Water thoroughly. Trim the plant to about half its original height and remove small side branches.
Pruning is important. Don't be afraid to remove at least 90% of the previous season's growth when vines are dormant. Remember, the more you prune, the more grapes you will have. The first year, cut back all buds except for 2 or 3. Select a couple of strong canes and cut back the rest. In the second year, prune back all canes. Leave a couple of buds on each of the arms. Remove flower clusters as they form. Grape vines will need to be trained to some type of support to grow upward. Begin training the vine in the second year to a permanent support such as a trellis or arbor.