QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - 5 to 9.
3. Planting Distance - 2 feet apart in ground.
4. Mature Height/Spread – 18 to 24 inches in height with a spread of 8 to 12 inches. Plant will need some type of support, such as a trellis or railing, on which to grow.
5. Bloom Time – Spring to summer is the bloom time with fruit setting 12 weeks after planting.
6. Planting Instructions - Select a site on which you can train your vines in full sun, whether it is against a wall, along a fence, on an arbor or even a small trellis.
Dig holes that are wide enough and deep enough to insert the plant without bending or crowding the roots. Build a mound of soil in the bottom of the hole to place the roots on. The plant should be positioned atop the mound so that the soil line on the stem or spurs is at ground level after you fill the hole. If adjustment is needed, fill in or remove soil from the mound to achieve this. Fill the hole ½ full with soil, firm around the roots and then fill the planting hole with water. After the water has soaked in, fill the remainder of the hole with soil and water again. Remove (prune off) all but one spur (branch) above ground. The first year your fruit production will be from this spur.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables. Feed 3 times per growing season. Plants in containers need more frequent watering, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming – Remove any dead, damage or unsightly growth as needed to maintain an attractive appearance. In late winter or before new growth begins in early spring, remove the wood that produced fruit the previous year.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables. Discontinue feeding in midsummer to allow the grapes to ripen. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - A thorough watering in late fall will greatly enhance the plant's cold tolerance once the ground has frozen
Pixie Grapes are incredibly hardy, but will benefit from mulching in very cold areas. The time to winterize your plant is in late fall. When winterizing perennial plants, keep in mind that the root system is the most vulnerable to cold damage. Mulch heavily with a 6-8 inch layer of shredded bark, compost, shredded leaves, straw or other organic material around the base of the plant.
In very cold areas, containerized plants can be brought into an unheated, protected area such as a garage or cellar before temperatures drop below freezing. Check soil moisture every 2-3 weeks and water as needed during winter.
In spring, remove the mulch from in-ground plantings. Also, bring containerized plants back out into the garden sunlight where they will immediately begin to repeat their yearly garden performance.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.