Grape (Purple Albany Surprise)


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Growing a grapevine is the perfect solution to cover an ugly fence, or make the most of vertical space in your small garden.  Albany Surprise is a hardy variety that produces mid-season purple fruit that will taste 10 times better than the pallid grapes you buy in the shops! 

Urban Bounty Albany Surprise Grapes come in a 2 litre pot.

About Albany Surprise Grapes

Most domesticated grapes come from cultivars of vitis vinifera, native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia. Clusters of small round fruit grow on a woody, climbing vine with large green leaves.  Grow Grapes in a large patio pot if your space is small, add vertical interest to your Mediterranean garden, or create an elegant arbour to shade you from the summer heat.  They are generally tolerant of salt spray, so are also suitable for coastal gardens.  

Albany Surprise is a purple variety that ripens March and April.   The leaves of this deciduous vine die off over winter, and re-emerge in spring.  This vine produces Grapes like the ones you may remember from childhood - sweet and juicy, with a jelly like texture inside. This variety can produce up to 40 bunches of Grapes per season.  

Culinary Uses for Albany Surprise Grapes

Albany Surprise Grapes can be enjoyed as a table grape - savour the succulent sweet flavour bomb at first bite!   They make a fantastic, healthy lunchbox snack too! Grape leaves can also be used to make Dolma or Warak Enab - Greek and Lebanese classics of grape leaves stuffed with rice, fresh herbs, meat or vegetables.  We love them frozen and eaten cold on a hot summer day!  

Growing Conditions - Grapes 


One healthy Grapevine produces enough grapes for a family (it will take three years for a young vine to bear fruit).  You can grow them by cutting, but grapevine cuttings are susceptible to Phylloxera (a common grape pest). We highly recommend investing in a grafted plant on Phylloxera-resistent rootstock, like our vines. 

Grapes thrive in full sun, and rich acidic soil. Plant in a spot sheltered from wind and early spring frosts.  Protection from birds is essential. Hyssop is a good companion planting choice, but avoid planting Grapes next to Cabbage, Lettuce or Garlic. 

Grapevines need regular plant food - up to five does per season.  (Insiders say that the secret to a healthy Grapevine is liquid seaweed.)  While Grapevines like regular water between November and January, too much wet, windy or cold weather in spring can stunt young buds. 

As buds develop, strategically thin the leaves around the fruit to encourage good air circulation and deter fungal diseases.  When the grapes are pea-sized, nip out some of the bunches, leaving the remaining bunches to grow big and juicy. 

Prune Albany Surprise Grapes in winter (this is essential to produce fruit).  Create a good T-shape in the first year (a central steam with two horizontal arms), and prune back the shoots that grow off the arms each year.  

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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