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22/02/2013 at 13:19

Hello all,

I'd love  to try and grow a sweet grape vine here, I dont have a photo of the other side but the soil is good, and plent of it! Any suggestions for a suitable variety of grape for the job? I invision it growing up one of the pillars and then underneath the clear roof between the roof supports.

The garden is sloped, with stream at bottom, but drainage is good. The band stand is a bit of a sun trap, and our garden is south facing.

Any more info you need?

I'm a novice, but my husband and I gutted, rebuilt and replanted our garden from scratch. Last year was my first full year enjoying plants and I learned a lot. I also killed a lot of things off.....but many plants survived and thrived! I'm a little over excited about the seed growing season starting again soon.


22/02/2013 at 22:04
Oh no!
Nobody can help
Any ideas where to look to continue my investigation?
Thank you x
23/02/2013 at 00:40

Hi Tilley, I have large vine 40-50ft long, but don't know the variety as it was here when I moved in.  The RHS have some tips for growing outdoor vines with a short list of cultivars here:

23/02/2013 at 06:47

Hi Tilley - what a lovely idea   Can I suggest you look at this website  and then email them for advice - they've been really helpful when I've had queries about varieties/stuations etc. 

Your garden is gorgeous! 

23/02/2013 at 08:39
Ooooh, Bobthegardener and DovefromAbove thanks ever so much!!
The RHS link is really useful and I've sent an email off to reads nursery. Ill keep you posted on what we go for, I'm so excited now!!!
23/02/2013 at 08:44
Good luck, I wouldn't have a clue but sounds a great idea .
24/02/2013 at 15:41
Cheers Bunny! And Thank you everyone for your help, and you'll be please to hear I've had a mooch round the sites you suggested and also found some fabulous growers/nurseries.

FYI, I'm going for this one!
24/02/2013 at 15:58
Lovely !
24/02/2013 at 16:43

Good luck, Tilley, and do heed their advice about preparing the planting hole well as effort put in there now will pay huge dividends later.  Vines really, really need to develop a good root system for the first few years, so if any bunches of grapes form in the first couple of years (and certainly the first year), do cut them off, however tempting it is to leave them on!  With new vines, letting them fruit in their first year may exhaust the stored energy in the wood and it will then take much longer to establish (or may even die!) 

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