|Planting & Fertilization
Grapes prefer a soil that is rich in organic material and well-drained. Encourage growth by
adding Black Forest Organic Compost and Master Nursery
RootMaster B1 at planting time. Mulch the roots with compost or
bark products. Soil should be kept evenly moist the first year after
planting, but they will stand short, dry periods in following years. A
spring application of fertilizer is recommended, such as Master Nursery
Fruit & Vine Food or Best 16-16-16. Late feeding during the
ripening period can force excessive growth and spoil the fruit. Plant
grapes in early spring or winter, pruning back top growth to 2 to 3 buds at
planting time. Grapes may produce an occasional fruit bunch the first
year, and a good crop the second year if full sun is supplied. A
southern exposure is to your advantage.
Prune grapes at any time
from November through February. The first growing season should
produce one main trunk from 2 - 3 buds left at planting time. The
second season growing season should produce four lateral branches.
Fewer or many may be utilized to meet individual requirements, such as
arbors or trellises. When pruning back vines, always leave a finger or
stub with 3 or 4 buds. Some light summer pruning may hasten fruit
Varieties which develop fruiting wood away from base of the cane, leave long
canes to train on wires or trellis. Most cane pruned varieties are
excellent for arbors.
Varieties which develop fruiting wood close to the base of canes - prune
back to within several buds to leave small spurs for development of new
wood. This method is used for most wine grapes and a few table grapes.
Due to the uncertainty of wholesale grower stock,
trucking, and weather, all varieties will not be available at all times.
Although we do have the ability to special order some stock, we make no
guarantee of its arrival and cheerfully encourage alternate selections.
Bath: Medium sized, compact clusters. round oval black
berries. Tender fleshed, sweet & juicy. Hardy as Concord & very
Medium. Tender skin, with excellent, crisp, sweet flavor. Black,
seedless table grape. Good fresh or for raisins. Cane or spur
pruning. Ripens: August/September.
Concord, EasternMedium, round. Blue-black, thick, tough skin.
Excellent, strong flavor, seeded fruit. good for juice, jelly, and
table use. Ripens August/September.
Concord, Seedlesssame as above, but no seeds.
Canadice SeedlessMedium. Red, seedless table and raisin grape. Very
productive. Long tapered clusters are well filled. Sweet,
fruity, excellent flavor. Cane pruning. Ripens mid-August.
Large, deep coppery-red. Juicy, sweet, rich. Medium size
clusters. Cane pruning. Ripens September/October
Seedless. Medium oval, bright red berries. Tender to firm flesh
with fruity, mildly strawberry
skin, resistant to cracking. Ripens early.
Large, blue-black, thick, tough skin, similar to Concord but larger.
Vigorous vine. Excellent for arbors. Spur pruning. Ripens
Small to medium, seedless. Skin blue-black, thin. Flesh is firm,
but tender, juicy and sweet. Quality is very good for table use.
Loose clusters. Cane pruning. Ripens August.
Small to medium. Skin is light red, thin. Flesh is juicy,
tender, aromatic, sprightly, refreshing and sweet. One of the highest
quality grapes both for table use and white wine. Keeps well.
Clusters are small to medium. Cane pruning. Ripens August.
Large, Golden-green, sweet, seeded, table and wine grape. Highly
productive. Cane pruning. Ripens August.
Medium. Seedless, pale green to yellow fruit. Good for table
use. Holds well on vine. Cane pruning. Ripens August to
Interlaken Seedless: Medium. Greenish-white to amber-yellow. Crisp, sweet, firm,
tight skinned, seedless fruit, excellent flavor. A Thompson Seedless
hybrid. Cane pruning. Ripens July/August.
Large. Light green to white. Sweet, tangy flavor, seeded table
and wine fruit. Very productive. A “White Concord”.
Excellent for arbors. Cane pruning. Ripens August/September.
Large. White, thin skin. Flesh firm, crisp, juicy, seedless.
Table use and raisins. Cane pruning. Ripens July.
Medium. Large, loose clusters. Round, firm, meaty and seedless.
Excellent quality. Color varies from bright red to grayish pink.
Slipskin large berries. Larger and blacker than Concord.
Excellent for eating fresh, jelly and juice. Hardier and more vigorous
than Concord. Ripens September.