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Great Grapes: How to Grow the Popular Fruit Multi-Tasker

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How would it feel to have your own vineyard in your backyard? That’s what’s in store for you when you enter the world of backyard grape growing. Because of their versatility and adaptability, grapes are easy to grow in almost any climate, which…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Grapes are the most popular fruit in the whole world—no surprise considering that they’re used for wine, juice, jelly, table grapes, and raisins. Talk about a multi-tasker! Surprisingly, grapes are considered to be a berry botanically. But whatever you call them, these vine plants not…  READ MORE right arrow
Red wine grapes in the vineyard.


Muscadine grapes on the vine.
There are four types of grapes for most home gardeners to choose from. The first is American grapes, Vitis labrusca, which are fairly easy to grow and are the most cold-hardy. Then there are European grapes, Vitis vinifera, mostly for wine and heavily seeded. These are…  READ MORE right arrow
Of course, there are seeded and seedless grapes, too, across all types of grapes. Most people prefer seedless for fresh eating. Consider the purpose of the grape you’ll be choosing: Grapes can be suited to different end uses. Table grapes have thin skins, are ideal for snacking, and are best consumed…  READ MORE right arrow
Young grape seedling.
Growing from vines The easiest way to grow grape vines is to start with a plant from a nursery or remote retailer. If you order from catalogs or online sources, you’ll be getting dormant, bare-root plants. You should plant them as soon as possible. You can also buy…  READ MORE right arrow

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