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2-3ft 'Orion' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Outdoor

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Versatile hardy variety perfect for sub-optimal conditions

‘Orion’ is a modern white grape variety, most often used for wine-making, but can also be eaten fresh and in cooking. It produces a crisp, aromatic wine similar to Seyval. It is a hybrid grape of German origin, created by crossing the Vitis vinifera variety Optima with another hybrid, Villard Blanc.

Like all grapes, it prefers a sunny, sheltered site against a south or west-facing wall with well-drained soil. ‘Orion’ is a late season grape, maturing from September-October. In a pruned state for fruiting, it will ideally reach about 2m, with a spread of 1.5m. If left unpruned, it can reach 5m or more.

It is relatively disease resistant, frost tolerant and can withstand some drought once established. ‘Orion’ is grown commercially for wine production in Southern England, East Anglia and South Wales, so you can be sure of a good crop if you live in these areas. Further north, consider growing the vines under glass in a polytunnel or cold greenhouse.

Variety Information

  • Location: Outdoor
  • Seedless: No
  • Color: White
  • Harvesting Period: August-September
  • Estimated Time to Best Yields: 2 years
  • Uses: Eating Fresh, Wine-Making
  • Supplied As: 3L Pot
  • Height on Arrival: 1m (3ft)
  • Planting Distance: 1.8-2.7m
  • Eventual Height & Spread: 10m x 10m (33 x 33ft)
It is important to regularly water your plant, at least bimonthly for two months. Grapes differ from other fruiting plants because their roots grow deep. Therefore it is important to give them a thorough watering. You should also ensure adequate spacing (1.8 - 2.7m) between vines, depending on the planting system you use. Please see below for our planting guidance:

  • Dig a hole that is twice the radius of your plant’s rootball.
  • Before planting, drench the rootball.
  • Place the pot in the planting hole, making sure that it sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Provide your plant with a generous watering.
  • Add mulch on top, (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
Depending on their location and hours of sunlight, grape vines can be slightly more challenging to grow. Below we address some common query topics:

    • Hardiness: While grapes originate from the Mediterranean and Central Asia, they are hardy enough to survive the UK's winters. However, they can sometimes suffer from frost damage. To avoid this, try to plant them in a south-facing location.
    • Position: When it comes to grapes, planting in full sun is always recommended.
    • Soil: Grape vines benefit from deeper soils, but 3ft is still adequate. Although the fertility and granularity of the soil determines fruit size, a smaller size is less of an issue with these plants. This is because their primary use is often wine making, where smaller fruits are preferred.
  • More Information
    Harvesting Period Mid Season Fruit Trees
    Common Name Grape
    Features Fruiting Climbing Plants
    Harvest Month August, September
    Is Collection/Mix? No
    Location Outdoor Grape Vines
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
    Species Grape Vines, Soft Fruit Plants
    Time To Cropping 1 Year
    Type Grape
    Uses Fruiting Plants Suitable For Eating Fresh, Fruiting Plants Suitable For Juicing
    Colour White
    Eventual Height 12m+
    Eventual Spread 4m-8m
    Pollination Group Self-Fertile
    Annual Rate Of Growth Medium Growing
    Supplied As 3L Pot
    Supplied As 2L-3L Pot
    Type Soft Fruit Plants
    Shop By Category Soft Fruit Plants