Best grapes (Any Heirloom?) for the Los Angeles region?

deadorinjailMay 31, 2010

I'm looking to plant at least a half dozen varieties as I've got a long fence line to cover. While I've found standards like Flame and Thompson seedless at various nurseries, I prefer to grow things that I can't typically buy.

So who's got local success stories? And where do you buy your seedlings?

Thanks in advance!


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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

There's a great thread on this in the Fruit & Orchards Forum here:

I know that my sister in Oceanside has got Summer Royal and Princess (both mentioned in this thread) that have escaped the fence and are growing rampantly across her back hillbank and are absolutely delicious. So perhaps those two might be a good start for you.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 7:46PM
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You may be interested in Vitis girdiana (southern california grape also known as desert wild grape). Its native to Southern California, its very vigorous and one of the most drought tolerant grapes out there. You can use it as a great disease resistant and drought tolerant grating stock. I have a few plants of it, however the fruit eating quality is sub par due to the size of the grapes and its seed. Potential for grafting rootstock is excellent though.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 1:15PM
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Not sure where you are in Los Angeles, but I have tried about 7 varieties in the San Fernando Valley, and most struggle severely (with survivable fruit, that is... plants do fine) in summer. Only variety that reliably makes good fruit for me when it's 110F out is Concord Grape... Fantasy, Flame, and most other dark fruits suffer and split in summer. Thompson's seedlings looks hopeful and this year looks like a good crop coming up.. however, it hasn't gotten hot yet... so I'll let you know.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2010 at 10:56PM
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