Fruit (Trellised) Growing Guide

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil that holds moisture well.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Cold tolerance varies widely with species. Choose regionally-adapted trellised fruits, for example bunch grapes in cold winter areas, or muscadine grapes where winters are mild.

Feeding

In early spring, mulch over root zone with 1 to 2 inches of good compost. Mulch with grass clippings or straw.

Spacing

Single Plants: 2′ 11″ (90cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 2′ 11″ (90cm) with 2′ 11″ (90cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Purchase dormant plants and set them out in early spring. Plants grown in containers can be transplanted through early summer. Mulch after planting new fruits.

Notes

Obtain local expertise before choosing which fruits to grow. University-based breeding programs have developed many great-tasting, disease-resistant varieties.

Harvesting

Let experience be your teacher — taste fruits often as they approach ripeness. Bumper crops can be frozen, dried, or made into jams and jellies.

Troubleshooting

In winter, use poultry netting (chicken wire) to protect young plants from deer, voles, and rabbits.