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Posted 11 April 2004 - 11:56 AM

Are grapes self pollenating or do I have to plant two or more of each variety that I want?
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#2 Janet Macunovich

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Posted 11 April 2004 - 06:56 PM

Grapes are self-fertile. No need to have multiple varieties. In a small garden with room for only a single vine, you can still have grapes.

Even if they were in need of a second plant, it wouldn't be a need for a second grape vine of the same variety. Cultivated varieties (cultivars) are genetically identical. So whatever it is that plant #1 mght be lacking to make fruit, plant #2 of that same cultivar would also be lacking it.

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Posted 11 April 2004 - 06:58 PM

Thank you very much, .
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#4 Janet Macunovich

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Posted 11 April 2004 - 07:03 PM

Wait!
Some grapes do need a pollinator. Sorry for jumping the gun,just because the grapes _I_ grow are self-fruitful. I shoulda known there'd be exceptions.

So check your catalog. For instance: "Carlos is a perfect-flowered muscadine grape that is self-fruitful and is used as a pollinator for female type varieties such as Fry."

and "Beta...self fruitful; Bluebell... self fruitful; Frontenac... self-fruitful; Minnesota 78...needs pollinator; Valiant... self fruitful."

This world of plants is WAY too big for me!

, red faced Senior Instructor, the Michigan School of Gardening
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Posted 11 April 2004 - 07:09 PM

Thanks again for the heads up.
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