Whether you are looking to pick your own grapes or make your own wine, Suttons Seeds have a stunning range of Grape Vine Plants. There are plenty of grape vine plants which you will want to grow such as the unusually large Blue Dream, popular Rose Dream or even the seedless White Dream!
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Grape vines require a sheltered, sunny position, ideally a south or west facing aspect. The plants are hardy and can be grown outdoors in the south of the country and in colder areas in a greenhouse. Vines will grow in most well drained soils. Avoid very fertile soils as this would encourage a lot of shoot growth at the expense of flower production. Apply a general fertilizer such as Growmore or Blood, Fish and Bonemeal when planting. The plants should be grown against a trellis or wires spaced 30cm (12″) apart. The bottom wire should be 45cm (18″) above soil level. If more than one plant is to be grown space them 1.5m (5ft) apart.
The vine should be restricted to one or two main shoots. The side shoots produced from these shoots will produce the fruit. Tie in the plants to the frame or wires as necessary. In the first year pinch back any lateral shoots as they grow to five leaves and sub-laterals to one leaf and remove any flowers. In November or December prune the leader shoots, removing half the previous seasons new growth and all laterals back to one bud.
In the second summer select lateral growths 30cm (12″) apart rubbing out any unwanted laterals and train the lateral shoots left and right, pinch out the new growth as in the previous year. In winter prune the main leaders reducing the prevous season's growth by half.
When the plants are dormant, insubsequent years prune the leader back by half the previous years groth until the desired height is acheived. Laterals and sub-laterals are cut back to one bud from the previous season's growth. The leading shoot can then be tied into the support and treated as a lateral, cutting back to one bud of last years growth. In summer as the side shoots grow small flowers will appear and when they have set pinch out the shoot two leaves beyond the bunch of grapes. In the first few years allow one bunch of fruit to develop on each lateral and on mature plants two or three bunches. This will stop the plant growing and it will put its energies into swelling the fruit. Once the flower buds start to open until harvesting apply a high potash liquid fertilizer at two week intervals. If the fruit set is heavy thinning the fruit will be necessary. This is carried out when the grapes are the size of peas using long bladed scissors, avoid touching the young delicate fruit. Thinning should be carried out on several occasions over 7-10 days so that the remaining fruit are spaced 1cm ( ½″) apart. As the fruit starts to ripen remove a few leaves to improve air circulation and expose the fruit to sunlight which will aid ripening.
Grapes should be picked when fully ripe and this will probably be in early October. Taste rather than fruit colour is the best indicator of ripeness. Protect the ripening bunches of grapes with netting as they will be attacked by birds.
In early spring apply a general fertilizer and a 5cm (2″) mulch of garden compost.