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By Kittt

Lancashire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi, its me again, kittt, Karen with another question. I've just bought a grape vine (vitis Bryant) It produces purple, black grapes. It's about 3ft tall. No buds or grapes on it. How much water to give it. The label says make sure the plant is well watered but I think, from remembering a conversation I had with my brother a long time ago, vines don't need much water, so any advice would be great appreciated, thank you.



Are you planting it in the ground or keeping it in a pot?

14 Jun, 2018


Hi Bamboo. Love your name. I have a big black bamboo growing in my garden. I'm going to plant the vine in a garden green potato sack, so, not in ground, but more of a pot.

14 Jun, 2018


Actually, the name Bamboo was accidental - that was my email address at the time and I put it in the wrong box when I joined!

If its not going in the ground, then water as you would any other container plant - when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch, give it a good soak (assuming there'll be free drainage from this potato sack, which hopefully there will be). In the ground, plants can put out their roots where they want to seek water and nutrients, but contained in something, they're relying on you to supply them.

14 Jun, 2018


Thank you all again for your great advice. I'm going to try and post some pics later.

15 Jun, 2018


Hi Kittt, it won't get any buds/ flowers this year. I have a Black Hamburg in a large pot inside a greenhouse. I bought it as a grafted stem in summer 2015. Had some leaves only later that year . The next year there were 2 bunches ,last year 4 bunches and this year it's loaded so have cut some out. All I do is follow the RHS grape vine care info. It specifies what to do in each year while its young. I scrape off the first inch of compost , add some slow release feed, top up the compost each spring, water well ( until water runs out of bottom) once a week or more if it's really warm and then enjoy the grapes in late August.

15 Jun, 2018


Note that grape vines will live for more than 50 years, and I wouldn't expect the sack to last more than 2 or 3. Best plan for a replacement! :)

15 Jun, 2018

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