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Grape 'Elvira' white

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! Very Winter Hardy!
Great for northern climates! 'Elvira' is a white-fruited variety, having medium berries. It is vigorous and hardy, ripening with Concord and being resistant to mildew. The absence of cultural problems in this variety recommends it for difficult growing areas. Used for wine. Elvira grapes make good, crisp white wine. This wonderful flavor pairs well with roast duck or other wild game. Elvira is a white variety of Vitis labrusca and Vitis riparia parentage.

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 +

Botanical Vitis 'Elvira'
Height Varies
Spacing 8-10' at planting time, 15-20' at maturity
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Large, green
Fruit White
Harvest Early - Mid

General Information +

General Characteristics: Reportedly discovered in Missouri in 1870, this old-line complex American labrusca/riparia/vinifera (reported seedling of a Taylor x Martha crossing) variety is now considered to produce moderate quality white wines with strong "native" flavor. Elvira ripens at approximately the same time as Concord, is resistant to Mildew and its general hardiness recommends it for difficult growing areas. 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.