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Grape 'St Croix' Bluish-Red
Item GR376

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! Hybrid Wine Variety

'St Croix' produces a sweet bluish-red grape that makes an excellent table grape, and is also great for red wine. Very winter hardy vines with little or no winter injury, vigorous growth and good resistance to powdery mildew and black rot. Be sure not to pick the grapes before they are fully ripe, or you will miss out on full flavor- watch for fruit to turn a darker color. St Croix makes a medium to full-bodied, dry, deep red wine with soft tannins and good fruit aromas, with currant and other dried fruit flavor qualities.

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Size: 1 YR #1 • Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Height: Varies • Sugg. Distance Between Vines: 8'

Vigor: Very Vigorous • Fruit: Bluish-Red

Primary Use: Wine • Growth Habit: Semi Trailing

Foliage: Large Green • Exposure: Full Sun • Harvest: Early Season

Disease Susceptibility:
Black Rot: relatively susceptibility unknown
Downy Mildew: moderately susceptible or sensitive
Powdery Mildew: N/A
Botrytis: moderately susceptible or sensitive
Sulfur Sensitivity: moderately susceptible or sensitive

Training System: The training system for this vine is: [Top Wire Cordon]

Notes: Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where ornamental interest is not a concern. However, grapes do in fact have good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, some fall color, showy fruit and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. When grown on fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures, grapes can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home.

Planting instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant 1-2" deep, make sure 4-5" of the top show above the soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize when planting.

Best grown in deep, loamy, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including average garden soils, but must have good drainage. Best sited in a location sheltered from winter winds (preferably a southern facing slope) and well removed from frost pockets. Self-pollinating. Grapes need a support system, training, regular spraying and regular pruning to maximize fruit production.


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