Steve the issue with grapes is that they are predominantly male in my understanding. There are some male fruiting vines from what I understand, but they are not as productive if they produce at all. I plant about 3:1 female to male and use productive males.
I suspect your seedlings will be about 7:1 male to female and it takes (in my location) about 4 years of good growth to find out what they are. Throw deer and Japanese beetles in there and more like 8 years. I can see growing from seed in a new location maybe making it worth the uncertainty but otherwise grapes root so vigorously (in nature too) that like other tip rooting plants, I just don’t see the upside. Will be interesting to see how they turn out.
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Tj Jefferson wrote:Steve the issue with grapes is that they are predominantly male in my understanding. There are some male fruiting vines from what I understand, but they are not as productive if they produce at all. I plant about 3:1 female to male and use productive
That is interesting, TJ, I knew kiwi were like that but had never heard of it in grapes. They grow so well here I was planning an arbour. I guess I should aim for a significant number of vines and aim to take some out later?
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What? What? Shock! Female and male grapes? I thought they were hermaphrodites. Good job you took photos of your flowers Steve!
Found this, might help. I add the photo because these websites change name over the years and then the link stops working. Had that happen before on blogs.
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