Fertile, well drained soil that holds moisture well.
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.
In early spring, mulch over root zone with 1 to 2 inches of good compost. Mulch with grass clippings or straw.
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.
Obtain local expertise before choosing which fruits to grow. University-based breeding programs have developed many great-tasting, disease-resistant varieties.
Let experience be your teacher — taste fruits often as they approach ripeness. Bumper crops can be frozen, dried, or made into jams and jellies.
In winter, use poultry netting (chicken wire) to protect young plants from deer, voles, and rabbits.