Grape Vine Growing Guide

Vitis vinifera

Grape Vine

Crop Rotation Group



Will grow on relatively poor soil as long as it is well drained and compost is dug in. pH of 6.5 to 7 preferred.


Sunny position.

Frost tolerant

Yes but cover if a severe frost is forecast.


Mulch with well rotted compost annually.


Single Plants: 1.50m (4' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 1.50m (4' 11") with 1.50m (4' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in mid autumn or early winter when it's not too cold for a little root growth to help them establish.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


After harvesting prune the bush back to three buds. Vines can gradually be trained up a support system.


Harvest fruit when ripe, thinning a few out beforehand to allow others to swell.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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