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Grape ‘Edelweiss’ White

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‘Edelweiss’ is an early ripening white grape that produces large clusters of medium-sized fruit that are sweet and has a pleasant flavor. Its high sugar content makes it an excellent dessert white wine grape. Very winter hardy and excellent disease resistance, but may require winter protection for reliable fruiting in Zones 4. When fruit is harvested early, it can make a sweet white wine with mild, fruity labrusca flavor. This very early ripening, white grape produces large clusters, and is primarily for table, juice and jelly uses. ‘Edelweiss’ was introduced by Elmer Swenson, at the University of Minnesota, when Mr. Swenson was on the staff at the U of M Horticultural Research Center. The vines have excellent disease resistance but may require winter protection for reliable fruiting in USDA Hardiness Zones 4.

For those who like the Niagara type flavor, this white grape ripens at least a month earlier than Niagara and has a growth habit that is much more controllable than the wildly vigorous Niagara. When harvested at early maturity the flavor is mild enough that prize-winning wines have been made from it. Left to hang, the flavor becomes stronger and more musky. Edelweiss likes moist, fertile soil for highest vigor and productivity, but even on average soils it will perform well. Clusters are slightly larger when the vines are trained to canes, but my vines trained to cordons and spurs are very satisfactory.

Availability

# Description Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
GR324BAG Grape 'Edelweiss' White out of stock $48.50
GR324-1
GR324-2

Plant Details +

Size 1 YR #1
Height Varies
Spacing 8'
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Vigor Vigorous
Foliage Large, green
Fruit White
Harvest Early season

General Information +

General Characteristics: 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.

Use: Juice, Jelly, Table, Dessert, Wine

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Grape plants require a fair amount of maintenance and pruning. If given the proper amount of care, these wonderful fruits will provide you and your family with years of pleasure.

Growth Habit: Trailing

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

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.