Well I don’t know if this will be successful or not, but this is going to be our first attempt at growing grapes. I don’t know why, but for some reason this plant just called out to me as I was walking through the garden center. The hard part was finding a place for it in our increasingly full yard.
I do find it frustrating when the wrong types of plants for Florida are being sold. They may look great now, but it is really setting up the homeowner for failure, and ultimately discouragement. As I was walking to the front of the store with my purchase in hand I noticed that the tag read a ‘Chardonnay’ grape. Oh no, this is not for here! I ran back to the edibles area because I knew that the variety I was looking at earlier was a University of Florida variety. Found it!
It turns out that the Welder Muscadine Grape is “a non-patented, bronze grape that produces a good juice or wine. Yield is moderate, and the berry ripening period can be very extended such that three harvests may be required.” Learn more about grape varieties for Florida here.
So, as you can see here, we are going to try growing this in a very large container on this beautiful little trellis. In the ten days or so that this sat on our porch waiting for me to plant it somewhere it grew quite a bit so I have high expectations.
I have already noticed a few aphids on the tips of the vines, but on the bright side I saw a lady bug on there too. Fingers crossed that the good guys will win this one!