Grape 'Vroege van der Laan' - Vitis Vinifera - 3L Pot
'Vroege van der Laan' is a deciduous, climbing shrub which produces a large amount of fruity white grapes which are bursting with flavour and perfect for making wine or eating fresh off the vine. This variety is great for amateur grape enthusiasts due to the reliable nature of this hardy vine which produces grapes in most areas of the UK.
- Flower Colour: green in summer
- Foliage Colour: green in spring, summer, and autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 4m - 8m
- Approx Spread: 2.5m - 4m
- Comes in a: 3L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Arrives in a: 4L carton
- Shrub is approx 3 years old
- Flowering Period: summer
- Harvesting Period: test them - should be soft to touch and taste sugary sweet
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: climbing
- Self pollinating: 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
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
- Moisture: well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Grapes are pretty drought tolerant, however it is best to water thoroughly in dry spring and summer conditions. Remove any weeds or rocks and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds.
- 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.
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.