Anyone grow bunch grapes in central FL?

wardog25July 25, 2012

I've heard that Conquistador grapes can do well in central Florida. Anyone currently growing any?

I live south of Orlando and would love to grow some bunch grapes, but I realize most varieties do poorly here.

Hoping someone has had good experience with some and could point me in the right direction.

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ibarbidahl(9 (tampa-ish))

I grow Concord. Yummo. :-)

Barbie

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 9:19AM
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happy_fl_gardener

Conquistador has grown very well for a friend of mine that lived in Windemere until recently (he passed away). If that's a variety that you are interested in, then I would go for it. I think that he said Conquistador didn't fruit as heavily but he liked the flavor.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 5:28PM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

FWIW, I have a Daytona & boy! is it ever vigorous - I rarely fertilise or even prune - it's on its own. Sadly tho, possums stripped all the fruit this year before it was even ripe = (

It is a seeded pink variety from a cross w/ muscadines, I believe, so the skins are thicker & puckerish when raw, but flesh is oh-so-sweet when ripe & the skin slips off easily. They don't have that distinctive muscadine flavour either. I use them more for cooking than fresh eating (pies, fruit crisps, etc.) - the skins aren't bitter when cooked.

HTH

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 11:21AM
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wardog25

Thanks for the info everyone.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 12:24PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Wardog,

Before planting bunch grapes look up Pierces disease. Varieties like Concord may grow here for awhile but will eventually contract Pierces disease and will decline and die. There are a few Pierce resistant varieties you could try.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 9:58PM
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