- 40-50 litres pot, trunk height 40-60 cm (1.3-2 ft)
The grape is eaten, and processed to make wine. Cultivars of Vitis vinifera form the basis of the majority of wines produced around the world. All of the familiar wine varieties belong to Vitis vinifera, which is cultivated on every continent except for Antarctica, and in all the major wine regions of the world . The fruit is typically green, maturing into a purple and then eventually a solid black. It has a hardiness rating of H5 so it is perfect for the British climate although make sure to shelter in extremely unusual cold snaps. Pests and diseases can be problematic for this plant so take care when maintaining. Grape pruning and trimming is carried out usually in winter and midsummer. Pruning group 11 and pruning group 12 is recommended for instructions.
Latin Name: Vitis Vinifera
English Name: Grape Tree
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Summer-Autumn
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Moist but well-drained. Loam, Chalk, Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: High (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15°C to -10 °C (5 °F to 14 °F)
Maintenance: Grape pruning and training is carried out in winter and midsummer. Pruning group 11 or pruning group 12 for formal training
Growth Habit: Bushy
Toxicity: Contact may irritate the skin
Cultivation: Grow in a deep well-drained soil with a pH of, ideally between 6.5 and 7.0. Plant between late autumn and early spring. If container grown, plant in late spring when the threat of frost has passed. Vines can be trained as cordons or using the guyot system. Mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure in the first years after planting
Propagation: Propagate by hardwood cuttings or grafting onto Phylloxera resistant rootstocks
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Wall-side Borders Cottage & Informal Garden
Pests: May suffer from glasshouse red spider mite and brown scale; mealybugs are a problem under glass
Diseases: May be affected by powdery mildews and grey moulds
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