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Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! Very Winter Hardy!
Great for northern climates! The Grape, Vitis 'Beta', is an extremely winter hardy grape which produces medium-sized blue-black fruit on fairly compact clusters. It is a good quality grape for red wine, juice, jam or jelly. It is a vigorous grower that is a very heavy, dependable producer. Maturity occurs in Late September. Beta is a small, seeded American grape variety and a woody, deciduous, tendril-climbing vine which typically grows 15-20' long unless pruned shorter. The flowers are attractive to bees. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share.
The vines are allowed to run as they will the first year and the posting or staking is done the second or third year when you will prune heavily, leaving only 2 or 3 buds on the strongest stem. As it grows you'll keep only the most vigorous sprout to form the main stem. Shallow cultivation and mulching are beneficial. It is best grown in deep, loamy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions but must have good drainage.
Plant Details +
8-10' at planting time, 15-20' at maturity
Dark-purple almost black at maturity
General Information +
General Characteristics: The Grape, 'Beta' is a decorative addition to your landscape all year long. Its summer foliage is a great background to the blue-black medium sized, showy grapes. The fall foliage has a reddish tint. In the fall when it loses its leaves, the trunk of the vine is attractive with it's twisting and crooked shape that is hard to see when the foliage and fruit are covering it. Grape, 'Beta' is a vigorous grower and very dependable. Grapes are also healthy and can be eaten fresh, in fruit salads and also made into juices and jams as well as many other things. For an attractive screen, these would work well year round.
Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where ornamental interest is not a concern. However, grapes do in fact have good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, some fall color, showy fruit and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. When grown on fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures, grapes can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home.
Planting/Care Instructions +
Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant 1-2" deep, make sure 4-5" of the top show above the soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize when planting.
Best grown in deep, loamy, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including average garden soils, but must have good drainage. Best sited in a location sheltered from winter winds (preferably a southern facing slope) and well removed from frost pockets. Self-pollinating. Grapes need a support system, training, regular spraying and regular pruning to maximize fruit production.
Pests or Diseases: Grape plants require a fair amount of maintenance and pruning. If given the proper amount of care, these wonderful fruits will provide you and your family with years of pleasure.