Grape - Backyard Vineyard Collection (4 Plants)
Turn your backyard into a mini-vineyard with this red wine grape collection. Decorative and delicious, it includes two canes each of 'Merlot' and 'Pinot Noir' - perfect for creating your own vintage.
Grapes are well suited to hot dry conditions and full sun with good drainage. Cultivated grapes have both male and female flower parts on a single plant, so are self-fertile. They are pollinated by wind and insects. Varieties include table grapes which are lovely and sweet or wine grapes which are too tart to eat due to a high acid content. The Muscatels cross both categories and can be eaten fresh or made into wine. Grapes are woody deciduous climbers which use tendrils to support themselves so need a frame on which to climb. Grow in a full sun position with moderately fertile soil. While a neutral soil pH is preferable (6.5-7.5) they can tolerate slightly alkaline or acidic soils. Annual winter pruning and a preventative fungal spray is recommended before leaves emerge in spring. Grapes are drought tolerant once established but will benefit from summer moisture as fruit forms. Prepare soil with well rotted compost and cow manure and dig the whole area over rather than just the hole. Dig the planting hole twice the width of the root ball and water the hole allowing the water to drain away before planting the vine and backfilling soil over the roots. To promote root growth, water well with seaweed solution to get your vine off to a flying start. Mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture. Allow your newly planted cane to grow to the desired height, before pruning to encourage lateral growth to form at that height. Train laterals along the chosen horizontal support. Apply a balanced slow release fertiliser in spring. Avoid overhead watering to reduce fungal infection.