Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit! Very Winter Hardy!
Great for northern climates! The Grape, Vitis ‘Beta’, is an extremely winter hardy grape which produces medium sized blue-black fruit on fairly compact clusters. It is a good quality grape for red wine, juice, jam or jelly. It is a vigorous grower that is a very heavy, dependable producer. Maturity occurs in Late September. Beta is a small, seeded American grape variety and a woody, deciduous, tendril climbing vine which typically grows 15-20′ long unless pruned shorter. The flowers are attractive to bees. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share.
The vines are allowed to run as they will the first year and the posting or staking is done the second or third year when you will prune heavily, leaving only 2 or 3 buds on the strongest stem. As it grows you’ll keep only the most vigorous sprout to form the main stem. Shallow cultivation and mulching are beneficial. It is best grown in deep, loamy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage.