Outdoor Grape Variety - Dornfelder
Dornfelder (Vitis vinifera 'Dornfelder') is an excellent hardy red grape variety producing both a heavy yield of very juicy, edible grapes and stunning autumn leaf colour. Best picked during September through to October.
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General Vine Information
During the dormant season (November to March) most vines do a very good impression of looking dead. We don't mean they have arranged their own memorial and headstone but that the branches look very dry and beyond sprouting new growth. This is normal but if you absolutely must know right now, today and this instant then scratch a little bark off. If it is green underneath then the grape vine is still alive.
All vines are at least 2 years old and grafted onto a root stock that will be 3 years old. This is to improve vigour (growth and fruit production). The vines are pruned back several times a year and can easily grow 1m (3ft) in a season. They might fruit in the first year, local conditions allowing, certainly the second.
Bred to be Phylloxera resistant.
Vines will last 100's of years if looked after and outdoor vines can be successfully grown outdoors as far North as Yorkshire (depending on weather conditions).Indoor grapes have been grown in a Greenhouse in Aberdeenshire.
Give them as much sun as possible, keep ventilated and humidity down. This applies to indoor and outdoor grapes.
Despite your best efforts, you will most likely encounter a Grape vine issue at some point, especially with global warming giving us wetter summers. As little as a week of continued warm and wet weather is enough for those little fungus "bar-stewards" to get in and wreak havoc. The three you are most likely to encounter are downy mildew, powdery mildew, and grey mould.
Your best action is preventative. Keep the site moisture levels down. Water the base, not the leaves. Keep the leaves spread out to allow light and air in to dry them out. Vines under glass need to be well ventilated. Consider heating the greenhouse for long periods of cloudy weather to keep humidity down.
If you do get it, remove the affected leaves and destroy.
Other Grape Vines To Look At
|Autumn Royal ||Seedless, thin skin when ripe, juicy and larger grapes compared to other seedless varieties. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Bacchus ||Considered the best white wine variety for the UK. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Black Hamburg ||A reliable and excellent quality sweetwater type producing large bunches of high quality dessert grapes. ||Indoor ||Black |
|Brandt ||Grown mainly for its spectacular autumn leaf colour but still a respectable red wine grape ||Outdoor ||Red |
|Dornfelder ||A good hardy red grape combining heavy crops of very edible grapes as well as having stunning autumn leaf colour. Pick Sept-Oct. ||Outdoor ||Red |
|Flame ||Seedless dessert quality small to medium red/amber grape. ||Indoor ||Red |
|Lakemont Seedless ||Big sets of yellow oval fruit with muscat flavour. Thin bunches for larger fruit if needed. Resistant to mildew/downy mildew. (USA, 1972) ||Outdoor ||White |
|Muscat Alexandria ||Second early white Muscat of high quality producing large succulent dessert grapes. ||Indoor || |
|Muscat Bleu ||This is the modern mildew resistant outdoor blue/black eating grape of choice. ||Outdoor ||Blue/Black |
|Phoenix ||A large berry producing a fine Muscat aroma.Heavy yielding, ripening early October turning yellow when ready to pick. Dessert and wine. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Polo Muscat ||Good quality hybrid table/ wine grape. Slight Muscat aroma with balanced sweet and acidity. High yields of early ripening yellow-green fruit.Pick Sept. ||Outdoor ||White |
|Regent ||Large blue-black grape matures to a true black in good summers, sweet refreshing flavour. Red leaves adding value as a climbing shrub. ||Outdoor ||Blue/Black |
|Royal Muscadine ||Superior selection for the ultimate quality in white table grapes. ||Indoor ||White |
|Strawberry ||Intense rich flavour with a strong hint of strawberry, very productive and easy to grow. Pick and eat in late Sept. ||Outdoor ||Golden Bronze |