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Old 03-21-2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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Growing grapes

Okay, I remember both my great-grandfather and my great aunt and uncle growing grapes. The grew them on arbors. SO also remembers similiar grape growing in family gardens.

So, we now have several grape vines in pots sitting in the yard and my on-line research is showing me that I need to sink large posts in the ground and run high-strength wire to support the vines???

Has anyone here had any experience growing grapes? Can I grow them on arbors? I was planning in building them myself so I can make them as strong as necessary. I'm not looking for high-yield for wine making or anything, just for us to enjoy.
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:31 PM   #2
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I think anything that gives them some room to go up and out should work. A few years ago, we started getting grape vines growing wild up the trees and low branches at the edge of the yard. Every year, they wander a little further down the tree line. There's a winery a few miles down the road, and I imagine they migrated from there. It doesn't seem like they're very picky.
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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My brother has his on an arbor that he made himself.
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You can find grapes growing wild along the ground.

Providing support for them to grow and spread keeps the fruit off the ground so it's more difficult for wild critters to eat them before they're ripe enough for you to eat.

You could build or buy a simple arbor that will be enough for a couple of years, then add more as the plants spread.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:18 PM   #5
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Thanks all! I better get designing that arbor then.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #6
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The advantage of doing the post and wire method is it seems to be more " organized " and easier to prune, pick .... I tried this and was unsuccessful ( as i didnt really know what i was doing) , so i did the arbor thing myself.
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:03 PM   #7
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Thanks all! I better get designing that arbor then.
Dave our are stretched across wire and posts..Mush easier to get to, prune,spray for critters plus we put netting over it to keep out the birds who think they own any thing oc a trellis.Plus a trellis can cause squashed grapes if they get to close.
Hopeyou have good luck..What kind are you thinking of? We have seedless green..
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the house we had in Cairo (built before the turn of the century) had a grape arbor over the open garage which had chickencoop wire laid across some wooden beams......you could not see any light coming through it was so thick with vines..the original stalk was huge and probably as old as the house
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Hopeyou have good luck..What kind are you thinking of? We have seedless green..
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Thanks kadesma,

We bought 1 each of seedless green, red, and purple.
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Thanks kadesma,

We bought 1 each of seedless green, red, and purple.
Nice Dave, good luck and enjoy.
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