Grape Vine Vanessa 4L
Plant name - Vitis Vin ‘Vanessa’
Plant size - Height up to 15m, Spread up to 4m
Hardiness - Hardy to between -5c and -10c. Best planted away from exposed windy sites.
Ideal for - Cottage Garden, Patio, Low maintenance gardens, large pot.
Position - Full Sun
Flowering - August - September
Pot Size - 21cm
Description - Early variety, performs well in dry and cooler climates.‘Vanessa’ has real cool weather credibility, originating in Vineland, Ontario, Canada in 1983 and is one of the hardiest of the seedless grapes. It is similar to ‘Flame’, but the skin colour is a deeper red and is more uniform, with a firm, crisp skin and a mild, sweet and fruity taste. The bunches hang down from the vine and are easy to harvest.
Grape plants can be grown on any type of soil, but do not tolerate moist soil. In order to make the grape bush a strong plant, it is important to prune each year. You do that in summer and in winter. During the summer cutting you prune small, young shoots that have grown on the largest woody branches of the plant. You tape the strongest off along your pergola, fence or wall up or to the side.
In winter, cut back the branches. Cut the woody branches diagonally to just above the buds. Keep only the strongest young shoots that have grown on the woody main branches of your plant this year. Prune the rest of the shoots. Do not completely trim the remaining offshoots, but cut them so that there are 2 to 3 buds on each offshoot.