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

Code: TR1015
3ft 'Orion' Grape Vine | 3L Pot | Outdoor
Grape Orion (white, outdoor) 3L

One of the go-to varieties for British wine producers - the variety to choose if you want to make your own vintage.

‘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.

  • Approx. Growth Height: 12m
  • Approx Spread: 2.5m - 4m
  • Comes in a: 3L Pot on 90cm Cane
  • 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: 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
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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 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: 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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