3ft 'Muscat of Alexandria' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Indoor

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3ft 'Muscat of Alexandria' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Indoor3ft 'Muscat of Alexandria' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Indoor
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3ft 'Muscat of Alexandria' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Indoor3ft 'Muscat of Alexandria' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Indoor
Grape Muscat of Alexandria (white, indoor) 3L

An "ancient vine", considered by wine experts to be one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence.

Muscat of Alexandria is a white wine grape that is a member of the Muscat family. Recently more often mostly as a dessert grape or for raisin production although it is still an important grape in the Australian and South African wine industry.

The grape originated in North Africa with Cleopatra reputedly often drinking muscat wine from the islands of Samos, and Lemnos in the North Eastern Aegean region of Greece. The name is probably derived from its association with Ancient Egyptians who used the grape for winemaking.

Characteristics
  • Approx. Growth Height: 12m
  • Approx Spread: 2.5m - 4m
  • Comes in a: 3L Pot
  • Vine is approx 2 years old
  • Harvesting Period: Test them - should be soft to touch and taste sugary sweet
  • Flower Colour: Green in summer
  • Foliage Colour: Green in spring, summer, and autumn
  • Flowering Period: Summer
  • Tolerance: Not frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Climbing
  • Self pollinating: Yes
  • Harvesting Period: Yes
  • Uses: Eating fresh, making wine, cooking
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Exposure: Sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: max. height in 2-5 years
  • Scented: Barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Optional Extras
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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Caring for Grape Vines

Mulch around the base of the vine with well-rotted garden or farmyard compost every winter. Plant in well-drained soil that has been enriched with garden compost or well-rotted manure.

These rampant climbers need to be pruned for maximum fruit production. To promote fruiting spurs, prune out weak growth back to a few inches from the old wood in late winter.Train the vine on wires by tying in strong growths during the summer.

Where Can I Grow Grapes Outdoors?

Vines can be grown outdoors in southern Britain - the general guide is south of a line between Pembroke and the Wash. However, this area can be extended north if the planting spot is next to a sheltered west or south-facing wall, or in a coastal area influenced by the Gulf Stream. Use later-flowering varieties in borderline regions.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.2m - 1.5m apart in rows 1.5m - 1.8m apart

Grapes prefer well-cultivated and well-drained soil, with a pH of 6.5 - 6.8. They do best in full sun, but well sheltered conditions. Sandy gravel over chalk is an ideal growing site.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering. Cut vine back to 2 or 3 healthy buds to help with the growing process.

You should plant your grapes in early spring, March time if you can, though late autumn could be fine if the weather isn't too cold.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or made into wine within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into desserts, wines or with dessert grapes can be stored for upto 2 weeks in the fridge. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts or wine to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.0/5 (1 review)

Rating: 4/5

"Large healthy plant with good root system"

Reviewed Monday, 19 November 2018

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