Grapes on an old vine in a greenhouse

How to grow grapes

Find out how to grow grapes with the help of our start to finish Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do Plant in January

Do Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December


Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December


Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Grapes, Vitis vinifera, are often thought of as not suited to the UK climate, but there are many varieties that will flourish in warmer parts of the country. They can, of course, also be grown successfully in greenhouses – dessert grapes give better results under cover, as the fruit needs plenty of warmth to ripen fully.

Whether fruitful or not, a grapevine makes a very attractive climber for walls and fences, with distinctive foliage that often colours up beautifully in the autumn. Both wine-producing and dessert grapevines are available, and if you’re looking for a new gardening challenge, they’re worth the effort.

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