Question Growing Grapes

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  1. Steve

    Steve Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    I know there's been a thread or two on growing grapes in SEQld on here but they are a little old now.

    Just wondering if anyone has any luck finding a good type that handles the sub-tropical weather?

    I have a nice spot in full sun that would look awesome with some vines on it but don't want something that looks crap, or worse doesn't fruit, as it will be front and centre of view.
     
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    Daley's sell a grape vine for tropical climates. They even have a video on it.
     
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    Didn't Mark get a few seasons' worth of good cropping grapes that he showcased on a video here?
     
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    Yes, Flame Seedless I saw them for sale at Bunnings last week - fast grower and nice sweet fruit about the size of a 5c piece. I've noticed other varieties coming on the market claiming to have good resistance to powdery mildew (a white one) but I can't remember the name and certain "wine" grapes that I probably would steer clear of as they are probably not great eating whereas the Flame Seedless could potentially be used for both.

    Last season our vine got hit by the birds (those damn Indian minors) and we lost a lot of fruit so I might net ours this year.
     
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    I remember many years ago when Opal was the variety to buy for tropical regions.
    But generally they were bitter as lemons.
     
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    Good info @Mark, gonna have to check them out.

    The wife is super fussy about her type of grape and will normally only touch the green type.
    My lot in life is to expand her taste and to show her there is more flavours to try.....:eat:
     
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    Yeah, the greens seem to last longer also - I'm fond of them too... I'm sure I saw a green type at Bunnings (over our side of town) that claimed to grow well in subtropics.

    Our grape vines are only just starting to grow again...

    grape vine flam seedless starting to grow from bud.jpg
     
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    I popped into Bunnings today for a quick look and noticed a green one called Menindee Seedless.
    I didn't buy them as I wanted to do some research first.
    Turns out they look like they might work. I might as well give them a go, nothing to lose. And the wife will be happy with green grapes too.
     
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    Yeah Steve, the Menindee's are a good and reliable variety. I had a couple of these that put up a good effort in the hard, dry black vertesol but eventually gave up the ghost as I couldn't tend to them in the dryness of our weather the last 18 months or so. But I've re-instated both Menindee and Flame in the current setting in Toowoomba and this should be easier for me to manage.
     
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