My grape vines have lots of fruit now. Unfortunately, I don’t prune these, so we don’t get edible grapes. I think, because too many clusters form, none of them fully ripen before falling off. (Does this make sense?)
I don’t tend them because don’t like the taste of them. The variety is Catawba.
However, the birds love them, especially the cardinals. And the vines make a nice shaded area above the grill on my patio.
From Johnson Nursery:
The Catawba grape dates back to the early 1800’s being found along the Catawba River in NC. The red grapes have a crisp flesh that is very sweet, and juicy. Great for fresh eating, juice and a pretty pink wine. The vine is vigorous and productive. Zones 5-8
Catawba grapes were introduced to wine-growers in the 1800s by Major John Adlum of Georgetown, D.C.. Grown predominantly on the East Coast of the United States, this purplish-red grape has a rather sweet flavor. It is typically in season from September to November and can be used in wines, juice, jams and jellies. Although usually classified as Vitis labrusca, Catawba is widely believed to have at least some Vitis vinifera in its background. The grape can have a pronounced musky or “foxy” flavor, which some aficionados consider inferior to the flavor of V. vinifera, though others find it distinctive and pleasant.