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Pixie Grapes

Pixie Grapes

Shirley shows you how to grow grapes that are tiny and packed with flavor.


Instructions:


FOR PLANTING:
1. Select a spot for your container grape plant that is in full sun and receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunshine for best fruit production.


2. Use a container that is 1 to 2x larger than the nursery pot as the grape plant will grow to it’s mature size in the first season.


3. Grapevines need well-draining soil. Most commercial potting soils are appropriate.


FOR STAKING:
1. Stake your Pixie Grape plant at planting time in order to support the grape clusters that will grow in the first year. FYI- Pixie Grape plants will produce fruit the first year, while regular size grape plants will not fruit until it’s third year of cultivation.


2. Carefully insert a trellis or support that is large enough for the plant to grow 2 feet high and wide.


3. Tie the stems or grape clusters to the trellis using velcro ties.


FOR HARVEST:
1. Pixie Grapes are ready to harvest when they are the right color for their variety. For instance, Cabernat Franc is a red grape so wait until the grapes have turned red and feel soft to the touch.


2. Reisling grapes are green and can be harvested as soon as they soften a bit.


3. Sample a grape in a cluster, if it is sweet enough, cut it off the stem.


4. Store grapes in a refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.


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