Grape (Niagra - green)
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Grapevines are a fantastic way to hide an ugly boundary wall, or maximise growing space in a small garden. Niagra is a hardy and vigorous variety with big clusters of fruit. So much tastier than the grapes you buy in the supermarket!
Urban Bounty Niagra green grapes come in a 2 litre pot.
About Niagra Table Grapes
Originating in the Mediterranean and Central Asia, grape vines look amazing in a large patio pot, grown up a pergola, or trained along a fence. They can add welcome summer shade in a small Mediterranean or Elegant garden, and are also suitable for coastal gardens.
Niagra is a popular green-gold Grape from North America (vitus labrusca). It is a vigorous plant that produces large clusters of mid-season fruit (not seedless). Juicy Niagra grapes have a sweet, but tangy flavour. They become even sweeter when fully ripened. This vine will grow up to 2 metres high and 4 metres long, but can easily be tamed with pruning.
Culinary Uses for Grapes
Grapes are such a delicious, aromatic summer fruit, providing a pop of sweetness as you bite into them. If you manage to get them from the vine to the kitchen without eating the lot, serve them as a table grape, or pop small bunches in the kids lunchboxes. Grape leaves can also be used to make Dolma or Warak Enab - Greek and Lebanese classics of grape leaves stuffed with rice and fresh herbs or meat and vegetables.
For a healthy, delicious flavour bomb on a hot day, grapes can be frozen and eaten cold. Alternatively, blend frozen grapes with a little sugar and lemon juice for a quick and easy sorbet.
Growing Conditions - Grapes
One healthy Grapevine will produce a good crop of Grapes. While you can grow them from a cutting, we recommend a grafted vine with phylloxera-resistent rootstock is best. (Phylloxera is a common Grape pest.)
Grapes thrive in full sun, and acidic soil with rich topsoil and a clay base. Shelter from wind and early spring frosts. Companion plant with Hyssop, but avoid planting near Cabbage, Lettuce and Garlic. It will take three years for a new vine to fruit.
Grapevines are heavy feeders - they need up to five good doses of natural fertiliser (like seaweed tea) per season. Too much wet, windy or cold spring weather can stunt young buts, but regular water is needed over summer.
As the buds develop, strategically snip of some leaves to improve air circulation and ensure direct sunlight gets to the grapes. Encourage large grapes but reducing the number of bunches when pea-sized. Protect fruit from birds as it ripens.
Prune dormant Grape vines in winter, aiming for a 'T' shape (a central stem with a horizontal stem reaching to either side). (Grapes grow on one-year old wood, so pruning is required to produce fruit.)