Grape 'Muscat Blue' - Climbing plants
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As they are supplied in their dormant state, there is no reason why they should not be planted on receipt, in their permanent positions. Make sure the root ball is well-moistened before planting Grape 'Muscat Blue' by soaking it in a bucket of lukewarm water. Prepare a suitable hole in humus-rich, well-drained soil, to comfortably accommodate the roots. Plant the Grape 'Muscat Blue' at the correct depth, the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Don't plant it too deep (no deeper than the graft). When planted, fill in the hole and firm with your feet so that there is a slight depression at the base. Water immediately after planting. Grapes grow best in a sunny area. Plant the grape vines 150-200 cm apart. It is also possible to grow Grape 'Muscat Blue' in a greenhouse or conservatory. Or you can plant the grape in a large flower pot or planter, although yields will generally be lower.
Grape 'Muscat Blue' is a succulent table grape that grows in large bunches. The size of the bunches depend on the weather in early September. Grape 'Muscat Blue' is a disease-resistant variety that gives a relatively high yield. This decorative plant is great for a fence or pergola.
Grape vines need the support of a fence, pergola or wall. It is recommended to grow them against a wall or a mesh fence as solid support for the branches. When new growth begins, use a soft string and tie the strongest leading shoot upright to wires. Any other leaders can be cut flush with the stem. Give extra water during dry periods. Sprinkle some lime during the autumn and give some mixed organic fertiliser in the spring. Very wet soil is not well-tolerated. If you want to cover your vines with netting to keep out the birds, attach the netting at the sides rather than throwing it over the plants. This is because most birds approach from the side or from the ground. Make sure your grapes get as much sun as possible. You can do this by removing as many leaves as possible close to the bunches. Plenty of sun improves the size and flavour of the grapes.Grape 'Muscat Blue' needs to be pruned
By pruning correctly, you can expect good results with your Grape 'Muscat Blue'. There are two reasons to prune grapes: One to form the basic skeleton (important in the early years); and the other to encourage the development of new shoots in spring. Pruning is not really necessary until the vine is 3-4 years old. When the vine has reached this age, select a few long, strong branches, preferably branches with lots of side branches. Tie these down to a pergola, wall, fence or other support. It is important for these branches to have plenty of light and warmth, so a south-facing wall is best. The branches that have not been tied down should be removed completely. The branches that have been tied down form the basic skeleton of the vine. These are the leaders, or main branches. Cut all side branches growing from the leaders down to about 10 cm. Repeat this every year in winter.