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Information About Grapes


Tips For Irrigating Grapes – How Much Water Do Grapes Need

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Watering grapes and maintaining adequate moisture levels will directly impact plant health. Grapevine irrigation can vary depending upon the conditions in each growing zone. However, there are some key aspects on which to focus. This article will help with that.

Grapevine Pollination Needs – Are Grapes Self-Fruitful

By Amy Grant

Most fruiting trees must be cross-pollinated, which means another tree of a different variety must be planted nearby the first. But what about grapes? Do you need two grapevines for successful pollination, or are grapevines self-fertile? Click here to find out.

Are Wild Grapes Weeds: Where Can You Find Wild Grapes

By Amy Grant

Grapes are cultivated for their delicious fruit used in winemaking, juices, and preserves, but how about wild grapes? What are wild grapes and are they edible? Where can you find wild grapes? Click the following article to get more information on wild grapes.

Grape Cotton Root Rot – How To Treat Grapes With Cotton Root Rot

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Grape cotton root rot is a nasty fungal disease affecting over 2,300 plant species. On grapevines it can be very devastating to growers in Texas and the southwestern U.S. Cotton root rot is very difficult to control. Click the following article for more information.

Drought-Tolerant Grapes – How To Grow Grapes In High Heat

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

It is important to take the irrigation needs of grapevines into consideration before planting. The impact of high heat and drought is also a factor in choosing which grape cultivars to grow. Learn more about grapes that can tolerate heat and drought-like conditions here.

Grapevine Won’t Produce: How To Get Grapes On Vines

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

You’re so excited to start harvesting your grapes, but there are none on the vine. What a disappointment to find your grapevine won’t produce. Click the following article for some reasons this might happen and learn how to get grapes on vines.

Grape Downy Mildew Control – What Causes Downy Mildew On Grapes

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Grape downy mildew control requires gardening practices that improve growing conditions and minimize water on the leaves. For tips on its control, click on the following article to learn more about this disease.

Grape Dead Arm Info: Tips For Grape Dead Arm Treatment

By Liz Baessler

Dead arm is the name of a grapevine disease that has all but been phased out. Thought to be one disease, in fact, it is two and now commonly diagnosed and treated separately. But since the name “dead arm” still comes up in literature, we will examine it here.

Crown Gall On Grapevines: How To Control Crown Gall Of Grapes

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Crown gall of grapes is caused by a bacterium and can girdle the vines, causing loss of vigor and sometimes death. Grapevine crown gall control can be difficult but several selection and site tips can help prevent it. This article will help with that.

What Is Grape Chlorosis – Treating Chlorosis Of Grape Leaves

By Amy Grant

Are your grape leaves losing color? It might be chlorosis of grape leaves. What is grape chlorosis and what causes it? The following article contains information on how to recognize the symptoms of grape chlorosis and its treatment.

GVCV Information: What Is Grapevine Vein Clearing Virus

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

Although there are plethora of options in terms of type, many of the same issues may afflict vines. Preventing and identifying specific causes of grapevine decline is the key to bountiful harvests of homegrown grapes. Click here for GVCV information.

Grape Nematodes: Preventing Root Knot Nematodes In Grapevines

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Occasionally, we all have a plant that is not doing its best and failing for no apparent reason. When removed from the ground, we see swelling and galls among the roots, a classic case of root knot nematode. This article covers what to do for nematodes of grapevines.

Grape Anthracnose Info – How To Treat Anthracnose On Grapevines

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

What is grape anthracnose? It is a fungal disease probably introduced from Europe in the 1800s. While mostly cosmetic, grapes with anthracnose are unsightly and commercial value is reduced. Luckily, preventive grape anthracnose treatment is available. Learn more here.

What Causes Grape Powdery Mildew: Treating Powdery Mildew On Grapes

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Though powdery mildew is generally considered less worrisome than black rot or downy mildew on grapes, when left uncontrolled it can kill grape plants. Learn more about grape powdery mildew symptoms and tips on treating powdery mildew on grapes here.

Grape Armillaria Symptoms: What Is Armillaria Root Rot Of Grapes

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Growing grapevines is fun, even if you don?t make your own wine. Fungal infections, including the grape armillaria fungus, can ruin your vines, though. Know the signs of infection and what to do to prevent or manage it in this article.

Grape Root Aphid Treatment – How To Recognize Phylloxera Symptoms

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

It may be very concerning to look at your grapevines one day and see what appears to be warts all over the grape leaves. This is a legitimate concern, as wart-like galls on grape leaves are a tell-tale sign of grape root aphids. Click this article to learn more about them.

Grapes That Have Thick Skin: Types Of Thick Skinned Grapes

By Amy Grant

"Oh, Beulah, peel me a grape." There are several interpretations of what that actually means, but suffice it to say that thick skinned grapes actually exist and very well might need to be peeled. Learn more about thick grape skins in this article.

Grapevine Bleeding: Reasons For Grapevine Dripping Water

By Amy Grant

Sometimes, grapes leaking water appear cloudy or even mucus-like, and sometimes, it really does look like the grapevine is dripping water. This phenomenon is natural and is referred to as grapevine bleeding. Find out about bleeding in grapes here.

Companion Planting With Grapes – What To Plant Around Grapes

By Amy Grant

To get the healthiest vines that produce the most fruit, consider companion planting with grapes. Plants that grow well with grapevines are those that lend a beneficial quality to the growing grapes. The question is what to plant around grapes? Find out here.

Mites On Grapevines: Tips For Controlling Grape Bud Mites

By Liz Baessler

Whether you own a vineyard or have just a plant or two in the backyard, grapevine pests are a serious hazard. Some of these pests are grapevine bud mites. Click this article to learn more about mites on grapevines and grape bud mite control.

What Are Seedless Grapes – Different Types Of Seedless Grapes

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Most consumers and gardeners may not give a lot of thought to seedless grapes facts, but when you stop to think about it, exactly what are seedless grapes, and without seeds, how does a seedless grape reproduce? Click here to learn more.

Wine Grape Varieties: Learn About The Best Types Of Wine Grapes

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Grapes are are developed on new shoots, called canes, which are useful for the preparation of jellies, pies, wine and juice while the leaves can be used in cooking. They can also be eaten as fresh. This article discusses which grapes are used to make wine.

Grapevine Varieties: Different Types Of Grapes

By Amy Grant

Want to can your own grape jelly or make your own wine? There's a grape out there for you. Learn about some of the more common grape varieties and the characteristics of different types of grapes in this article.

Grapevine Fertilizer: When And How To Fertilize Grapes

By Amy Grant

The results of a soil test will tell you if you should be fertilizing your grapevines. If so, take a look at this article to find out when to feed grapevines and how to fertilize grapes. Click here for more information.

Fruit Split Of Grapes: Reasons Why Grapes Are Cracking Open

By Amy Grant

With suitable conditions, the only thing home grape growers need worry about is how to get the grapes before the birds do! Unfortunately, doesn't exist year after year, leading to the issue of grape berry cracking. Learn more about it in this article.

Grape Sour Rot – Managing Summer Bunch Rot In Grapes

By Kristi Waterworth

Summer bunch rot is a common problem of grapes, resulting in a partial or total loss of fruits if not caught early. Read this article to learn more about this grape disease. Click here for more information.

Blister Mite Control On Grapes: Treating Grape Leaf Blister Mites

By Amy Grant

If you have noticed irregular blotches or blister-like lesions on your grape leaves, you may be wondering what, or who the culprit is. Although you may not see them, chances are good that this damage is the product of blister leaf mites. Learn more in this article.

Grapevine Fanleaf Degeneration – Controlling Grapevine Fanleaf Virus

By Kristi Waterworth

There are plenty of plant viruses that no one has heard of, but few are as widely known as grapevine fanleaf virus. Learn how to identify a sick grapevine and what to do if this virus has made its way into your home garden with help from this article.

Ripening Of Grapes: When To Harvest Grapes

By Amy Grant

Growing grapevines may create a lovely shaded oasis or an ornamental detail with the added bonus of edibility. But how do you know when to harvest grapes? Read here to get some grape harvest info.

Tips For Improving Grape Fruit By Thinning Grapes

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

The home gardener can get the largest crop from thinning grapes. The information in this article can help explain how to thin grapes to get the most of your harvest. Click here to learn more.

How And When To Prune A Grapevine

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

In addition to support, pruning grapes is a vital part of their overall health. Regular pruning is essential for controlling grape canes and producing quality fruit yields. Read this article to learn how to prune grapes.

How To Plant Grapes – Growing Grapevines In The Garden

By Amy Grant

Growing and harvesting grapes isn’t solely the province of wine producers anymore. You see them everywhere, clambering over arbors or up fences, but how do grapes grow? Growing grapes isn’t as difficult as many believe. Learn how to plant grapes in your landscape here.


How to Care for a Grapevine

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Clusters of sweet grapes can be dripping from your own backyard grapevine with some attentive care and planning. Although your grapevine probably will not be at full production for its first five years, keeping up with its care ensures the grapevine is healthy, thriving and ready for many years of bountiful harvests. A well-maintained grapevine can live up to 100 years. Adjusting irrigation based on weather and soil conditions, and paying particular attention to pruning needs will give your grapevine a good shot at a long and productive life.

Apply nitrogen at the rate of 1 ounce of nitrogen per grapevine plant annually. The best time to fertilize is after buds appear but before the fruit develops. Another option is fertilizing after the harvest, ideally in September. Avoid fertilizing when the grapevine is dormant or overdosing your plant. Too much fertilizer can lead to overgrowth of vegetation and decreased fruit quality.

Irrigate the grapevine during periods of little rain. Increase irrigation for an older vine and a vine growing in sandy soil, but decrease watering for a grapevine in clay soil. When the grapevine grows vigorously and develops a heavy canopy, decrease irrigation in the mid- to late summer. Leaves packed too tightly can lead to disease and a smaller harvest.

Prune the grapevine when it's dormant, sometime from December to March. The next year's fruit will grow from the previous year's canes and buds. So keep some of the 1-year-old growth, but prune the rest of the grapevine aggressively. Prune 90 percent of all the vine's wood and canes to prevent overproduction of vegetation and fruit, which weakens the vine. Leave about 40 to 60 buds per vine.

Harvest grapes when they reach maturity. Watch for stems to change from green to brown, for grape seeds to darken and for a whitish coating to appear on the grapes. Sample the grapes to ensure they have sweetened, and then remove grape clusters with pruning shears. Grapes do not continue to ripen after they have been removed from the vine.


How to Grow Ladyfinger Grapevines

Grapevines are popular residential garden plants for their fruit, for the shade they provide and for the Mediterranean accent they can lend to the patio and garden. Ladyfinger is a variety of the common grape (Vitis vinifera Calmeria) and is easy to grow in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 10. You may find this variety called Calmeria at nurseries. Purchase dormant, bare-root ladyfinger grapevines and look for certification that they are disease-free.

Choose the location in which you will grow your grapevines. Grapes require lots of sunshine.

Fill a bucket with room temperature water and place the roots of the ladyfinger grapevines into the water. Allow the plants to soak for two to three hours.

  • Grapevines are popular residential garden plants for their fruit, for the shade they provide and for the Mediterranean accent they can lend to the patio and garden.
  • Fill a bucket with room temperature water and place the roots of the ladyfinger grapevines into the water.

Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil with a pitchfork or gardening fork. Dig into the planting bed to a depth of 12 inches, turning and crushing the soil. Remove any roots or rocks that turn up.

Find the soil line on the grapevines. It should be on the lower half of the vine and typically appears as a brown ring. This indicates the depth at which the plant was previously growing. Measure from the roots of the vine to this line. This is the depth at which you will plant the vines.

Dig holes 6 to 8 feet apart for the ladyfinger grapevines to the appropriate depth and twice the width of the roots. Spread the roots out in all directions and place them in the bottom of the hole. Backfill the hole with soil and tamp gently around the base of the vines.

Cut the strongest cane back so that it contains two or three buds. Remove all other canes.

Drive a 6-foot stake into the ground 6 inches from the ladyfinger grapevine and use the tape to attach the the cane to the stake.

Water the vine until the water puddles and then supply it with 1 inch of water per week. During dry periods you may need to water the ladyfinger grapevine more often.

  • Dig holes 6 to 8 feet apart for the ladyfinger grapevines to the appropriate depth and twice the width of the roots.
  • Drive a 6-foot stake into the ground 6 inches from the ladyfinger grapevine and use the tape to attach the the cane to the stake.

Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch around the vines, keeping it at least 2 inches from the plant’s bark. Mulch helps the soil to conserve moisture and also keeps the weeds down.

New grapevines do not require fertilizer. Too much nitrogen at any time during the ladyfinger vine’s life will cause the plant to grow more foliage thus taking energy away from grape quality.


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