Almost everyone loves grapes. These delicious low-calories fruit is small round berry that grows in clusters on a perennial and deciduous woody vine of the Vitis genus. Though the grapes are today cultivated all over the world, but they initially belonged to Mediterranean and European regions. These semi-translucent fleshed grapes are encased by a smooth thin skin. The grapes can be majorly classified into those which contain seeds and the other that are seedless. Grapes are small in size, they are one of the sweetest and are packed with lots of health benefits at the same time. The question is: what is the possibility to grow them in your own home garden? Surely you will get to love these fruit more, won’t you? Today, growing grapes at home, is not such an intimidating job anymore, due to the wide range of information available these days.
Therefore, the possibility of a sound harvest of your own is now in your grasp and that’s what you should not fail to try. The next step is knowing the right considerations first. Though grapes look the same, they are generally still unique to each other in terms of characteristics. So be guided by these fail-safe grape growing at home considerations first:
Before you get ahead of yourself, due to the excitement of grape growing, consider your local climate first. You should understand that every grape growing success, depends greatly on climate. Yes, grapes can generally grow in areas with either cold or warm climates, but none of them will survive in areas where climate is too hot or too cold.
It is through the soil where these vines get all the nutrients needed in the growing process. That is why you should always make it one of your top priorities. The type of soil you will need for your vines, should be those that are not too moist and not too dry and likewise those that can retain a good amount of water.
The planting process
Since grapevines are moisture-loving plants, never forget that when planting, you should at least plant the rootstock as soon as you purchase it from your local nursery, so that it does not dry out. Young grapes should not dry out. When they are young, they always want their feet wet.
The watering process
Like any other plants, grapevines will end in nothing if you do not give them regular water. Grapevines, particularly those that are young and newly planted, are in dire need of plenty water. So make it a habit to water them not less than twice a day. Just make sure to let them drain, especially when they are mature enough, because too much water and moisture will make them sick.
The fertilization secret
When it comes to fertilizing the vines, you can know whether they are healthy or not by checking the leaves. Once you notice that their leaves appear light and not dark green in color, the immediate response should be adding fertilizer. Add about five to six inches of compost to each plant. Doing this will likely envelope the vines with the complete nutrients they need as they grow.
Growing grapes at home is all about considering all of these facts given above. So what else are you waiting for? Run to the nearest grape nursery and do the planting. One day, you will taste the sweetness of your labor. And once that day arrives, you will surely be proud of yourself for being able to grow your own grapes from scratch.