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The demonstration vineyard at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center was started in 2000.  Master Gardeners budded table grape varieties onto rooted cuttings of ‘Freedom’ rootstock in February 2000. The budded vines were grown in pots and then planted in the vineyard in April 2000. 

The vines are either cordon trained, spur pruned or head trained, cane pruned.  Drip irrigation tubing hangs from trellis wires and a 6- to 8-inch layer of mulch is maintained.

Guidelines for the Home Vineyard (PDF 1MB) is an 11-page document that describes the planting and care of grapevines.

Growing Grapes in the Home Garden (PDF) includes easy to understand diagrams for grape culture by Chuck Ingels, Sacramento County UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor.

 

 

Grape Varieties Grown in the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center Vineyard

Variety

Seeds?

Color

Ripens

Suitability
for Home
Use

Spur or
Cane
Pruned

Berry Size

Comments

Autumn Black

No

Black

Sept-Oct

Good

Spur

Large

Mellow, thin-skinned, sweet

Beauty Seedless

No

Black

mid-July

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Spicy, sweet flavor

Black Emerald

No

Black

May-June

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Juicy, very tasty, firm, thin skin

Black Monukka

Hollow

Black

early August

Excellent

Cane

Medium

Delicious, popular black grape

Black Rose

Yes

Black

 September

OK

Spur

Huge

Thin skin; very sweet, prone to rot

Blush Seedless

No

Red

late August

Very good

Spur

Medium

Patented; limited availability of vines

Centennial Seedless

Trace

Lt. Red

late July

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Firm, tasty

Concord Seedless

No

Purple

mid Sept.

Excellent

Cane

Medium

Juicy, sweet concord flavor without the seeds

Dawn Seedless

No

White

July

Very good

Spur

Medium

Good flavor, skin crisp

Fiesta

No

White

late July

Excellent

Cane

Medium

Tasty greenish-white grape

Flame Seedless

No

Red

July

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Makes good raisins; birds love, too

Variety

Seeds?

Color

Ripens

Suitability
for Home
Use

Spur or
Cane
Pruned

Berry Size

Comments

Italia

Yes

White

early August

Excellent

Spur

Large

Unique flavor, very good

Muscat of Alexandria

Yes

White

early August

OK

Spur

Large

Great flavor, easily sunburned

Muscat, Diamond

No

Green

August

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Great flavor, most popular grape

Perlette

No

White

July

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Great flavor; may rot if not thinned

Princess

No

White

Sept-Oct

Good

Cane

Large

Nice sweet flavor

Ruby Seedless

No

Red

August

Good

Spur

Medium

Tasty late variety, good raisins

Suffolk Red

No

Red

July-Aug

Excellent

Spur

Medium

Sweet, good for desserts and jelly

Summer Royal

No

Red

August

Good

Spur

Medium

Very sweet.

Thomcord

No

Blue-Black

July-Aug

Good

Cane

Medium

Cross between Thompson Seedless and Concord

Thompson Seedless

No

White

August

Excellent

Cane

Sm-Med

Most popular table and raisin variety

Tokay

Yes

Red

Aug-Sept

Very good

Spur

Large

Prone to sunburn, unique flavor

Variety

Seeds?

Color

Ripens

Suitability
for Home
Use

Spur or
Cane
Pruned

Berry Size

Comments

 

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