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grapes for southern california

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:57 am
by pastrycheffowler
im looking at adding grapes to my garden and was wondering if anyone know of any sweet grapes that would grow great in southern california where it can get to be 100F on any given day

Re: grapes for southern california

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:58 am
by JONA878
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Try this one.
It's a Californian Red Ruby Seedless.
We were given the vine over twenty years ago and it's been a tremendous cropper everty year.

Re: grapes for southern california

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:13 pm
by pastrycheffowler
Sweet thanks. Those look great

Re: grapes for southern california

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:38 am
by pastrycheffowler
just got a californian ruby from a nursery, its about 3 feet tall. any advice on taking care of this plant?

Re: grapes for southern california

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:44 am
by Northernfox
I wish ;)

i am going to try to grow some up here in Alberta in 2014 ;)

Re: grapes for southern california

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:59 am
by webmaster
Take a look at what kind of grapes do well in your area, or close to your area. Cool evenings and warm days work well for grapes, particularly when there's a breeze coming from miles away, originating from the Ocean. The kind of ground you have is said to play a part as well. Grapes are grown a short drive north and south of your location. Take note of the kinds of grapes said to be best for your area.

The Perrin Wine company found the area around Paso Robles to be amenable for Rhone related grapes. But there are all kinds of varieties being grown in that area, except sparkling wines afaik.

Re: grapes for southern california

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:10 am
by JONA878
pastrycheffowler wrote:just got a californian ruby from a nursery, its about 3 feet tall. any advice on taking care of this plant?
As you can see from my photo..I grow my vine under glass as over here we do not get a long enough summer to get the grapes to ripen in the open air.
I have found this var to be very vigorous in its growth so I grow it as just a single main leader with cropping side shoots coming from this leader. It seems to crop very readily so I stop each side shoot two leaves beyond the forming bunch.
Under glass it is inclined to over set in the bunch which then need hand thinning....I suspect though that in your much better climate this would not be required.
I regularly remove a couple of barrow loads of excess growth each summer pre-ripening ...just shows how strong they grow.