Mid City Nursery

Grapes

Grapes are not only attractive as a vine, but also produce wonderful fruit. We carry a wide selection of table grapes throughout the year. Some varieties are only available in late December through early February as bare root plants, while other varieties are available both bare root and in containers.

Below are some things to consider when growing grapes, and also a list of grapes we commonly have in stock.

Where to Plant Grapes
Grapes can be grown along fences, on trellises, over shade structures, or on wires. They grow best in sunny locations.
When to Plant Grapes
Grapes can be planted throughout the year depending on availability. Some varieties are only available in the winter months (January and February) as bareroot plants. Other varieties are available in containers throughout most of the year.
Things to Consider
Grapes require some maintenance for best performance. Pruning techniques vary depending on how you are growing your grape vines, whether they are on a trellis, growing over an arbor, or staked with wires. In addition, some grapes require cane pruning while others prefer spur pruning for the best possibility of fruit production. A good description of pruning grapes is found in the book, "How To Prune Fruit Trees and Roses" by R. Sanford Martin.
Disease and Insect Control
Table grapes tend to be less susceptible to powdery mildew, but that does not guarantee that they won't get powdery mildew or downy mildew at some point. Weather is a big factor in the amount of disease issues in a given year. Preventive measures taken with sulfur or copper fungicides are usually helpful. As for insects, besides the typical aphid issue, the European Grapevine Moth and the Glassy Winged Sharpshooter can be a concern. Currently in our area, the County Agrigultural Department has done a great job at keeping the glassy winged sharpshooter from getting established in our county. The European grape moth which may or may not be a problem in your area, can be controlled with early spraying with organic sprays like Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew.

Below are a list of some of the varieties of grapes we carry.

European Table Grapes

Black Monukka Grape

Black Monukka Seedless Grape - Bareroot Season
Large, purplish-black, sweet, crisp. Does not require as much summer heat as Thompson. Fresh or raisins. Early mid-season. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Flame Seedless Grape - Bareroot and in containers
Medium-sized, light red. Crisp, sweet, excellent flavor. For fresh use or raisins. Needs hot summer. Ripens early, before Thompson. Vigorous. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Muscat of Alexandria Grape-Bareroot season primarily. Ocassionally available in containers.
Large, dull green, egg-shaped. Juicy, distinctive flavor and aroma. Table, wine, raisins. Not suited to hot desert climates. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Perlette Seedless Grape - Bareroot season
Pale green berry is crisp and juicy. Larger than Thomspon and two weeks earlier. Requires less summer heat than Thompson to ripen. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Ruby Seedless Grape- Bareroot and in containers
Dark red, sweet, crisp, excellent fresh or for raisins. Ripens after Thompson Seedless. Requires less summer heat than Thompson or Flame. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Thompson Seedless Grape- Bareroot and in containers
Most popular grape in California, Arizona. Fresh and raisins. Pale green, very sweet. Thin the clusters for larger berries. Needs plenty of heat. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

American and Hybrid Grapes

Concord Grape(Eastern Concord)- Bareroot and in containers
Versatile, long-time favorite American grape. Blue-black berry with rich, distinctive flavor, used for table, juice, jelly and wine. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Concord Seedless Grape - Sometimes available in bareroot and ocassionally available in containers
American grape, a sport of Concord. Berries very similar to Concord, but seedless(or seeds very rare). Bluish-black skin, green flesh, distinctive Concord flavor. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

Niagara Grape- Bareroot season
Medium to large, green to pale yellow-green berries with 1-6 seeds. Juicy, sweet, tart at center, slightly foxy flavor. Used for table, juice, wine. Moderately vigorous vine hardy to 0 degrees F. Originated as chance seedling of Concord. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.