Wealthy Victorians in England often picked fresh grapes directly from potted grapevines that doubled as table centrepieces, according to Weekend Gardener Monthly, an Internet-based magazine. Fortunately, wealth no longer is needed for enjoying potted grapevines. With a pot, soil and a self-pollinating grapevine, even apartment dwellers can enjoy freshly-picked grapes. And since pots can be moved with the seasons, container-grown vines enjoy a longer growing season. They can double as attractive patio plants in spring and summer and house plants later in the season.
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Things you need
- Potting Soil
- Rocks or potsherds
- Self-pollinating grapevine
Select a pot 24 inches or larger that isn't black plastic, which will retain heat and make the roots too warm. Plant in terra cotta pots as a good choice, but they require more frequent watering.
Plant a self-pollinating grapevine, such as "Delight," that is recommended for container growing.
Place a layer of large stones or broken terra cotta potsherds in the bottom of the pot to aid drainage. Fill the pot with potting soil.
Make a hole in the centre of the pot. Plant the grapevine so that all roots are covered. Water until water runs out the bottom of the pot. Keep the soil evenly moist during the first growing season. Let the soil dry out between watering thereafter.
Place a trellis in the pot. Loosely tie the vine to a trellis with soft cord or sections of old pantyhose.
Place the grapevine in a sunny location.
Fertilise three to five times during the growing season with a low nitrogen fertiliser, such as fish emulsion. Follow the label instructions for dosage.
Tips and warnings
- Shake the vine during flowering to aid pollination. Grapevines must chill to produce fruit. Cut the vine back in the winter and set it outside for several months.
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