Grape vines

Viticulture and grape vines have a special place in many cultures because of the importance of wine. Although grape vines grow best and produce the sweetest fruit in sunnier climates than the UK, there are now many varieties of grape which have been bred to produce good quality fruit even in cooler climates like ours. These can be grown outdoors in sunny sheltered locations in the southern parts of the UK, but are best grown under glass in northern and cooler regions. All the varieties that we supply are ones suitable for growing in the UK. Grape vines can be used in gardens as an attractive ornamental feature against walls, over arches or over gazebos. Grape vines require a well drained soil and plenty of sun. As long as these are provided they are easy to grow. We supply grape vines as pot grown plants. Click here for a guide to choosing grape vines.

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    A seedless mildew resistant outdoor dessert grape producing big sets of yellow oval fruit with a muscat flavour ripening in October.

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    A modern mildew resistant outdoor blue-black eating grape ripening in early October.

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    A white outdoor grape which produces heavy crops of large berries with a muscat aroma.

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    Polo Muscat is a good quality early ripening hybrid table/wine outdoor grape with a slight muscat aroma.

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    A sweet blue-black dessert grape which is also ornamental with attractive red foliage in the autumn.

How to choose grape vines

Please find below some information that you may find helpful in selecting and buying grape vines:

Growing habit and training. Grape vines are vigorous climbing plants which support themselves on a support structure with their strong tendrils. You therefore need to provide a support structure which may be posts and wires as you would see in a vineyard, wires on a wall or an arch. Vines must be pruned every year. They produce an enormous amount of new growth every summer which would quickly turn into a tangled mass if not kept in check. There are many systems of pruning but at the heart of all of them is the simple fact that the fruit is produced on the new stems. So every winter the new shoots produced the previous winter are cut back leaving the woody trunk with just one or a few short lengths of young growth from which the following year’s new growth will start. In addition during the growing season it is often necessary to thin out the new shoots to prevent overcrowding and overcropping.

Pollination. All grape vines are self-fertile and individual varieties can be grown on their own.