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This is a great time to plant a vine. They’re frost hardy and can be grown in a cool green­house or out­side.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween the types is down to the length of time they take to ripen. ‘Green­house’ grapes tend to need a longer ripen­ing time and won’t usu­ally ripen out­side. Be­ing in a green­house al­lows them gen­tle heat and avoids rot-in­duc­ing heavy dew and rain in au­tumn.

If your green­house is heated to pro­tect other plants, such as fuch­sias and pelargo­ni­ums, or to pro­duce bed­ding and to­ma­toes in spring, then this will also al­low the grapes to start growth ear­lier in spring, ex­tend­ing the sea­son fur­ther, which is nec­es­sary for some of the older, Mus­cat-type grapes, val­ued for their honey-sweet taste.

Look at the more mod­ern va­ri­eties if you want seed­less grapes; many have been bred for re­sis­tance to mildew too.

Grapes are self-fer­tile so you only need one va­ri­ety, but buy from a rep­utable sup­plier so you know what va­ri­ety it is and if it’ll grow and ripen in the UK.

You can grow a vine from the pip of a seeded grape and it’ll grow out­side, but your chances of ge ing edi­ble fruit is small.

A grapevine makes ideal green­house shad­ing!

Try grow­ing vines trained in a green­house with their roots out­side

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