Best grape ?
I am planning a new home garden, and would like to include grapes. I am looking for varieties that can be used for fresh eating, dehydrating (raisons) and juice.
The reason I am contacting you is I am new to CO. I have read many articles where you have done experimentation with the types of grape varieties I am looking for.
I live at about 7,700 feet in NE. Colorado Springs. Last winter we hit minus 20 degrees F.
I am looking for suggested varieties that would have the best chance of success in this environment.
Also, if you have some suggestions, and they are limited varieties, would you possibly be able to give me some suggestions as to sources.
I found quite a bit of contradictory information online regarding grape hardiness, so I think your best bet is to stick to the "edu" sites for reliability. I found two pretty good fact sheets on growing grapes, one from CSU and one from Idaho. They both suggest types of grapes that will meet your needs. From what I read, I think you may have a little difficulty finding one grape that works for eating, juice, & raisins. They are listed as three different types. We think you are probably in zone 4, so I would suggest that you look for a grape with hardiness to zone 4. I was looking for one that went down to zone 3 for you, but was unable to find one in the time I had available. I hope these publications give you the information you need. Please don't hesitate to contact us again if you have any further questions. http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/Gardennotes/764.html http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edcomm/pdf/BUL/BUL0868.pdf