Skip to comments.GRAPE ARBOR
Posted on 05/10/2011 11:20:39 AM PDT by SMARTY
I want to plant a grape arbor. What is the best grape tu plant?
I’d plant grape seeds.
What type of grapes do you want? Eating grapes or wine grapes?
Have you looked at seed catalogs? Do you want purple or white grapes? Are these for eating or just a foliage planting? What is your planting zone? So many unknowns to your question.
Go to the nearest commercial farm supply company and buy both red and green seedless grape seeds.
Make sure you ask for seedless grapes only.
Talk with your local USDA agent. He will have a good idea and will put you in touch with the local wine grape grower’s group.
A fun bunch of people.
I am in NE Ohio.
I want grapes mostly because the big dark leaves provide the best shade. If the grapes are yummy, that’s OK too.
I don’t know anything about growing grapes
You might want to try a Concord variety.
How about the grapes of wrath?
Where do you live? I know muscadines and scuppernongs do great down South. They have thicker skins so the bugs and critters don’t mess with them as much (A family friend has some and they are doing great.) The thinner skinned grapes that you often get at the grocery store may or may not do well, depending on where you live. Being more delicate and all, the bugs and critters really like to just eat them up. At least that’s what they did to ours. I want to plant muscadines and scuppernongs this year. I think they may do better for the area where I live (VA).
What is the best grape tu plant?
Ask your neighborhood birds what they like best. After all - they will be eating them.
Well, I was thinking of that and I don’t want bugs. Other crawling vine type foliage would be OK but flowers would draw bees too.
The grape vines just look way better than anything else.
Grape any kin to Old Brush??
It seems your vines are more for aesthetic or landscaping purposes. Do you have a preference as to what color grapes you want? Concordes and certain Muscadines are a nice dark purple (and have thick skins). Scuppernongs are greenish bronze (They also have thick skins. They are a variety of muscadine). The above all taste great too. I am not sure how well they would do in Ohio, you would have to look it up. Those are just the types of vines I am most familiar with. :-)
My suggestion, if you want wine grapes is to find out what grapes are being raised by the wineries in your area.
We’re in Florida and have a grape arbor. Muscadines and scuppernongs are about all that’ll grow down here. We’ve found not a lot of folks like them, I think they’re an “acquired” taste. Fortunately, we have that acquired taste :)
Muscadines in a bowl (the greenish ones are the scuppernong variety of muscadine)
Concord grapes (these often do better in northern climes and might work out great for your area):
Concords are the type of grapes used in making grape jelly and grape candies and etc. The "grape" flavor comes from concord grapes. They are so yummy.
Perhaps so. At any rate I love sucking the insides out of them (some people eat the skins, but not me). I especially love the more tangy muscadines. The super sweet scuppernongs that my friend has are just too sweet for me.
We have a 60 year old bullis vine (dark, fruited muscadine) that makes wonderful jams and even better wine. Once established, they require no watering even in hot, humid South Alabama and it grows like a weed.
I’m overrun with wild grapes. Guess I should expect that living along the Raisin river.
Concords are seedless, right?
How can you buy grape seeds for seedless grapes? Or are you funnin’?
Talk to your County Agricultural Extension Agent (or equivalent).
Grape, Grape Joy Lyrics
I am a small and lonely grape,
Clutching to the vine,
Waiting for the day when I’ll become my Savior’s wine!
Oh, wouldn’t French cuisine just yearn it,
I’ve eternity to ferment,
But knowing me I’d end up ripple
In a cellar of cheblis.
Are you a small and lonely grape
Clutching to the vine,
Waiting for the day when you’ll become your Savior’s wine?
Don’t give up hope ye heavy laden,
You don’t want to be a raisin;
There’s a grape grape joy in Jesus,
In the vineyard of the Lord.
Lucky you. What kind? What color? Are they the thick skinned kind? Do they taste good?
Very sour tiny wild grapes but I love the vines if they grow where I want them.
Would a biologist, not mention a real, live, walkin’ talkin GURU do such a thing?
How could such a thought enter your mind?
On a slightly different tack, have you ever sent an assistant into a machine shop supply store to order a Three Pronged Blivet? More specifically, a metric one, and made from 2024T3 stainless steel.
Do the vines provide nice shade?
Lol. Those blivets! heh heh.
Too bad you live too far north for a nice crop of Kudzu.
I wouldn’t say the wild ones are bitter. Just sour and they do provide nice shade.
Too bad you’re not in the South. I’d recommend my personal favorite, muscadine.
If you live in the south plant Spanish Black grapes. They make a good Cab or Merlot.
Try planting some hops.
Man, I would eat them if I could then. Are they normal sized, or small (compared to regular grapes)?
Maybe pea sized.
Ooo. Those are small.
In Atlanta here. Just surfing FR and came across this - is it too late to start an arbor in Atlanta? Somehow, this just hit my WANT list immediately.
No thank you!
My parents had a Concord Grape Arbor when us kids were growing up - great jellies & jams, excellent off the vine snacking too.
You’ll get a bunch of bees, especially in the fall if you don’t get the grapes all cut off. If you go Concord Grape, get ready to make a bunch of jams or give grapes away to friends.
(I used to call it the Grape Barber - that’s what I thought everyone was saying....:)
My great aunt in central OH had Concord grapes growing in an arbor just outside of her back door. They were 100 years old perhaps and grew very well. We made wine and grape jelly for many many years.
I would suggest Concord as it would be the best for your climate and the bonus is that it will provide a yearly crop of grapes in addition beautiful cover and cool shade for years to come.
They require little maintenance after they get established.
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