I've been hard put to find anyone who has had a lot of luck with bunch grapes in Florida.They grow, but relative to muscadines they just don't produce as much. This may explain why it's hard to find vines. I've wanted a Conquistadore myself for years......Alan.
Did you ever have any luck with the grapes? I would like to grow grapes, but I want to see someone have some success here in Central, FL before I build a pergola for them, LOL.
my muscadines are fruiting pretty well this year -- first in the ground, but a big vine when i planted it. the bunch grapes are growing well, but they're too small to produce this year. next year i have high hopes for both.
I'm a new member of the Florida Grape Growers Assoc. and I think they can be helpful here. I'm also growing a row of 8 Conquistador vines that i purchased from Grapes of Kath about 2 years ago. So far they are growing very well, however in order to let the vines get established, I've nipped off any/all fruit that started to grow for the first two years. I'm hoping to get some decent grapes from the established vines next season.They are spaced 7 feet apart and are trellised and pruned on a "two arm" cordon with 7 spurs on each arm. I try to grow these as organically as possible, using mostly organic soaps/pesticides for control and very light fertilization (5-5-5) every other month. So far, so good! We'll see.Hope this helps!Chris
If you are going to use a commercial fertilizer, may I suggest that you use 10-10-10. Spread a handful or two in a circle around the vine's base six inches away from the base. Your vines will thank you for the bit of extra "umph." Given that the season is Fall/Winter, your vines should be dormant now; that is to say they will probably appear to be dead, but they are not. Pruning should occur during the winter; I do mine in mid to late January. ABR
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