Vitis riparia ‘Valiant’
|Height: 8-12′||Width: 8-10′|
|Sun: Full Sun||Zone: 2|
Vigorous growing, very cold hardy grape plant with reliable fruit production. Tall, climbing habit with lobed, yellowish-green foliage that turns yellow in fall. Small, green-white flowers are followed by clusters of small to medium size, round, purple-blue grapes. Fruit has a sweet-tangy taste and skin that does not adhere to the flesh; seeded. Ripens early September. Heavy producer: great for fresh eating, juice, jam and wine. Comparable to Concord Grape. Requires a support structure. Plant in a wind-sheltered, sunny, southern location. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Fertilize with a good compost or all purpose fertilizer in spring before new growth emerges. In fall, prune back most of the plant to ensure good production, leaving at least 8 buds; remove the vines that remain standing from the trellis and lie them on the ground for snow cover (or provide a cover) and good winter protection. Pruning back 70-90% of plant in late winter/early spring, before new growth, emerges is also acceptable as grapes produce fruit on new wood and any winter damage can then be pruned away.
Available in select potted sizes.