Grow grapes by planting year-old vines in the spring and placing the plants at the base of a trellis. The vines produce their first crop two years after planting. You need wooden posts, a trowel, fruiting wire, pruning shears and grape vines.
Grapes are normally planted in the spring months, before they come out of dormancy. In the United States this is usually between March and May. Most grape vine suppliers do not ship grape vines for planting past the last week of May.
Grape planting is generally done in very late winter or early spring. Specific planting time depends on the variety of grapes being planted and the region they are being grown in.
Grapes contain antioxidants, such as lutein; flavonoids, such as myricetin; vitamins A and C; folate; potassium; iron; fiber and other nutrients that make them good for health. The antioxidants and flavonoids eliminate harmful free radicals from the body, while vitamins and minerals bolster body fun
Grapes most likely originated near the Caspian Sea, though no one knows for sure. They are an old plant, as certain species from the wild have been found at archaeological sites that have been dated back 130 million years.
The grape is one of the top 10 favorite fruits in the world along with mangoes and bananas, according to Top Food Facts. There are more than 8,000 varieties of grapes worldwide. These small fruits are available in purple, white, black, blue, green and golden.
Grape vines should be planted in the early spring when the soil becomes pliant and workable. Planting in the spring as early as possible gives the vines ample time to grow.
Different types of grapes include pinot noir, muscadine, Thompson, sauvignon blanc and champagne grapes. Other types of grapes are chardonnay, catawba, concord and merlot. Many of these grapes are used in wines, either singly or blended, and they are also eaten raw.
To grow grapes, choose an appropriate location, plant the grapes, apply fertilizer yearly, prune the stems and leaves, and pick the grapes when ripe. You need grapes, nitrogen fertilizer and a trellis or fence to complete this project.
Grapes originated around 6000 B.C. in what is known today as northern Iran between the Black and Caspian Seas. By 3000 B.C., grapes had reached Egypt and Phoenicia.