Grapes grow very well here. The only problem we have had is keeping the birds from eating them all. I find the yard fills with mocking birds as soon as the grapes appear. The mocking birds chase the squirrels away, eat the grapes, then leave only to return next year.

Grapes must be heavily pruned to fruit. Prune as soon as new leaves appear. Prune heavily, cutting back to the strongest branches on each plant. Train grapes along posts and strings. This allows air and light to get to all of the vine.

Grapes like most fruit plants want full sun. These are doing fine and receive sun all afternoon, but no morning sun.

Fertilizer is not recommended or needed for grapes. I put some worm castings down in the spring. I’m told fertilizers ruin the taste of the grapes so stay away from them.

Grapes want lots of water while getting established and should be fine after that. Grape roots will go as deep as 30′.

Houston temperatures are fine for grapes, both the heat and the cold. They will drop their leaves in winter and are one of the last plants to put out new leaves each spring.

I gave up on the grapes, the mockingbirds ate every crop

4 thoughts on “Grapes

  1. Hello,I grow grapes in pots, treating them like bonsai trees below the soil and like conventional grape vines above the soil. A big difference is that potted grape vines need water and fertilizer regularly. Thanks for the link to the RHS article on grape care.Erroll

  2. That’s a cool idea. It just hadn’t occurred to me to try the grapes in pots. I bet it makes it easier to keep the birds away from the plants too.

  3. I have a perfect area that gets full afternoon sun. I’d like to dress it up and make it look nice.

    What’s the best Grape to plant in Houston?
    When is the best time to plant?
    How high should I put any type of trellis?
    Is there a way to keep the birds from eating grapes?

  4. I’m not sure grapes are the best thing for show, they get pretty ragged looking come fall.

    3′-4′ high, you can trim the grape vines to fit.

    Fall is the best time, Oct and Nov.

    Not that I’ve found, the cats are totally failing me here. The mockingbirds especially are a problem. They strafe the cats when the grapes are ripe.

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