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

Code: TR1015
3ft 'Orion' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Outdoor
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3ft 'Orion' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Outdoor

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 grapes can be grown outside, while indoor grapes need to be grown in a greenhouse. Outdoor
Seedless No
Colour White
Harvesting Period August-September
Estimated Time to Best Yields 2 Years
Uses Eating Fresh, Wine-Making

Size Information

Supplied As3L Pot
Height on Arrival1m (3ft)
Planting Distance1.8-2.7m
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions.10m x 10m (33 x 33ft)
Optional Extras
  • Black Bamboo Expandable Fencing Screening Trellis 1.8m x 0.9m (6ft x 3ft) - By Papillon™
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  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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Our plants are carefully checked by our fruit nursery experts prior to despatch to ensure they are up to size and in perfect condition.

Our grape vines are packed in specially made, extra thick cardboard boxes with innovative inserts that hold your plants in place to prevent any damage in transit.

Key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. Grapes differ from other fruiting plants in that their roots grow deep, so a thorough watering is necessary. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing (1.8-2.7m) between vines, depending on what planting system you use.

Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Before planting, drench the rootball. Place the pot in the hole, ensuring it sits no lower than an inch below ground.

Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your plant a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem.

Grape vines can be challenging to grow, depending on your location and its sunlight hours. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: while grapes originate from the Mediterranean and Central Asia, they are hardy enough to survive the UK's winters, although can suffer from frost damage. To avoid this, be sure to plant in a south-facing location.
  • Position: in the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so planting in full sun is recommended, especially in the case of grapes. Planting your vine in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting and allow it to put more resources into fruiting.
  • Soil Types: grape vines benefit from deep soils, but 3ft is adequate, and every plant will adapt to its conditions. The fertility and granularity of the soil determines fruit size, but small fruit size is not necessarily a negative with grapes, as grapes with larger skin to juice ratios are perfect for winemaking. Waterlogged soils will starve your vine of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5.0/5 (3 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"because thay so good looking plant and hope I get a lote of frut from it"

Reviewed Monday, 2 July 2018

Rating: 5/5

"arrived as expected thanks"

Reviewed Monday, 25 June 2018

Rating: 5/5

"As described in previous comments box"

Reviewed Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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