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What Do Grapes Grow On?

Updated on September 23, 2010

What Do Grapes Grow On?

After all, what do grapes grow on? The only thing that may disappoint you is that the first harvest does not come before 3-4 years. You do have to provide your vines with proper care if you want juicy grapes. You will get juicy grapes if you prune when you have to. Always prune when the plant is dormant. North America offers great weather for all grape types. In colder regions we have some grape varieties that will handle the cold environment very well.

If you are keen to have your own vineyard you may either plant cuttings from any friends vineyard or buy good plants form any gardening store. Only buy a plant that is a minimum of one year old. Grapes are to flourish in sunlight. This basically means that you need to make sure that there is enough sun reacing your vineyard.

Next we need to analyze the soil that is perfect for grapes growing. Soil can be treated accordingly. Grapes will grow perfectly in acidic soils that have a ph level of around 5.5. Properly drained loam soil is good for grapes growing. Grapes can not properly grow on clay soil or sandy soil.

Before planting it is advisable to check with your local gardening supply store about the length of the growing season. Different varieties will have different growing seasons. There are different growing periods for different varieties. One growing season usually lasts for a minimum of 140 days and a maximum of 180 days. Identify grape type and see why you are growing it. People may grow grapes for self consumption as a fruit or juice or for making wine. Different types of grapes have different growing seasons.

While planting, ensure proper gaps between two plants and between the two rows for proper growth. Maintain a gap of at least 5 to 8 feet between two plants and a gap of at least 8 to 12 feet between two rows. A grape plant root will usually grow in the soil at around 40 feet length and on the soil at around 3 feet wide. Enough gap space is crucial as these plants will require space to grow properly. Grapes are not to be planted with other plants in a garden. They need their own specified place to flourish well.

Grapes will grow in grapevines and this brings in a need to know how to properly build trellises. Trellises are of various types. Their main function is to provide support to the grapevine. Gauge wires is used by the strongest trellises.

Grapes do require constant pruning when dormant. Kniffen gour cane method is the most popular method. In this method two canes of each plant are kept on either side of the plant. Then the older canes are then cut off. The canes that are kept back should ideally have the same diameter and about 10-20 buds. You should never chop off a renewal spur. Leave about four renewal spurs on each arm with a few buds.


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