Grape growing is not a regular activity for home gardeners. While grapes continue to be one of the most produced fruits of the world, grape growing in homes hasn’t managed to go mainstream. Considering how beautiful they make a garden look and how sweet and versatile the fruits are, it is tragic that not many consider growing grapes in their gardens.
Are you looking to break the clutter and beautify your home garden with grape vines? If so, we have the perfect guide for you. There are three stages you should be concerned about when it comes to grape growing. This includes planting, caring, and harvesting.
Stage 1: Planting
To begin growing grapes in your garden, start by planting bare-root grape vines, that are dormant. Do so in the early spring for best results. In order to grow upward into a beautiful vine, grape vines require training and support. This is why it is advised that you construct an arbor prior to grape growing.
In most cases, grapes are self-fertile, and hence you don’t require more than one plant for it. However, it is best to ask about this when buying the grapevine since there are various varieties out there.
When you begin the planting process, start with soaking the roots of the vines in water for about three hours. Then, select a spot that comes under direct sunlight. If you don’t have such a place, try to ensure that the site you chose is bestowed with morning sun at least. Additionally, the soil you plant the vine in must be well-drained, deep and loose.
Stage 2: Care
Grape vines shouldn’t bear fruits right from the get-go. You should make sure of this. This is because the root of the grapevine needs to gain the required strength first before it becomes capable of supporting the extra weight of grapes.
Also, if not controlled, grape vines would grow anywhere and everywhere. This is why pruning is critical. You must do so when the vines of the plant are dormant. Some people might hesitate in pruning grapes. However, the more you prune off the growth of the previous season, the better quality product you will have in the years to come. During the initial years, you need to prune more. Cut almost all buds and leave only two or three behind in the first year. Proceed to prune the canes in the second year while leaving the buds be.
Stage 3: Harvest
After years of hard work, you can begin allowing your grape vine to bear grapes. When you do, you must ensure that you only harvest them once they are ripened. Ripened grapes tend to be rich in color, crushable but are not shriveled, plump and juicy. Read up on grape ripening to detect the stage better.
Remember, once off of the vine; grapes don’t ripen so you must harvest them after you are sure.
Yes, grape growing is hard work. But the beauty they bestow to a garden makes up for it.