Vitis vinifera 'Boskoop Glory'
Overall Height: 60cm (inc. container)
Plant Height: 40cm (exc. container)
Pot Size: 2 litre deep (black plastic)
Hardy Grape Vine
Vitis vinifera 'Boskoop Glory'. A popular old favourite grapevine. Boskoop Glory is a very easy vine to grow and a good reliable cropper. The grapes are suitable for making wine and are also a good dessert grape, altogether a very pleasant tasting grape. We have selected the best grapevines for domestic growing. A very easy plant, just needs to be planted in a south facing aspect against a support like a pergola, trellis or post with wires.
Pruning in the winter will keep it in check and promote fruiting. They look so lovely when they cover pergola and the summer sun can just shine through and really show off the wonderful shape of the vineleaf. At Hampton court they have a the world's oldest grapevine it was planted in 1769 and still produces delicious grapes, that's good value for money isnt it?
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Grapevines will grow very well in the UK given the right variety planted in the right location and will grow very happily in most soils proving there is good drainage and its planted in a sunny position. They can be planted into the ground (indoors or out) or into a planter or container. Often grapevines are planted so their roots are outside into the ground; with the vine growing into a greenhouse or conservatory to help ripen the fruit earlier.
If the vine is going into a container, use John Innes No3 as a planting medium. Planting into the ground means there is potentially less watering to do than when a plant is in a planter.
Feeding Open Close
If you are growing specially for the fruit, its best to remove the flowers for the first 2 years, this will help concentrate all the plant’s energy into growth. Feed with a high potash feed in the growing season such as tomato feed (Tomorite)
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Vines are best planted near to a pergola type structure so they can scramble over that and the fruit can hang down or, they can also be planted against a wall (south facing), they will need a structure to cling to.
Plant at least 9cm away from the bottom of the supporting structure and lean the new vine against the support, gently tie in the plant shoots to the support.
Once the vine starts to put its roots out the top growth will start to twine around its support and will only need tying in occasionally to help it find the right direction.
If planted indoors, do not heat the greenhouse and ventilate freely until early spring, as dessert grapes need a period of dormancy. Place potted vines outdoors in winter to get sufficient cold.
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Water new plants well, and continue to do so in long dry spells, especially plants in containers; they will need watering once a day in summer if it’s warm and dry. For plants in the ground it’s a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant to help keep the moisture in, use bark or gravel (not manure), this also helps with keeping the weeds at bay!
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The main pruning time is early winter (late November - December). Training and pinching out of new shoots, as well as fruit thinning, takes place in spring and summer. The Royal Horticultural Society provides a useful pruning guide online if further information is need.
If it is purely for decorative purposes then cutting the stems back in winter is a more than adequate way of maintaining your vine.
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The vines can be prone to powdery mildew and other common greenhouse pests such as red spider mite or scale insect. These can be treated with organic remedies or proprietary pesticides and fungicides or biological controls (for pests).
The best prevention is to keep well watered in the growing season and to ventilate the greenhouse/conservatory well.