Grape (Purple Albany Surprise)
FRUIT-GRAPE-1-5Regular price $23.00
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.