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The Japanese grape is very tasty, but still quite unknown in this country. Read here how to properly grow and care for them.Japanese grapes are similar to raspberries
The vitamin C-rich, shiny red fruit of the Japanese wine berry is very similar in appearance to the blackberries and raspberries known to us. Although it differs significantly in taste, it can enrich the fruit stock in our gardens enormously.
The great thing: You don't even have to plant several plants, because the Japanese grape is self-pollinating. You can easily plant this plant individually. But how do you do this or what should you watch out for when caring for it? We would now like to explain this to you in more detail.
Growing Japanese grapes
»Choice of location:
For the Japanese grape, you should choose a sunny to moderately shaded spot. Furthermore, it enjoys a humus-rich, limy soil wherever possible, which you are welcome to enrich with plenty of compost before planting.
It has often been found that planting Japanese vineberries with lily of the valley increases their fruit yield significantly in summer!
The distance between the individual plants should be about 1.5 meters, because they spread out strongly as they grow. Because of this, you have to attach the Japanese grapes, which grow up to 3 meters high, piece by piece to a climbing frame.
The plants also look very pretty as decorations for garden arches. Especially since they have a pretty pretty plant covering (from flower to fruit) throughout the entire garden season.
Care of the Japanese grape
»Remove wildly growing rods:
The somewhat unconventional looking flower buds of the Japanese grape decorate every garden with its exotic sight in a very special way. Especially since the intensely red bristles of the individual buds immediately catch the eye of everyone before they turn into white flowers in June. However, you should remove wild shoots every year in autumn (October to November). The same applies to the rods that have already been harvested.
The advantage of a Japanese grape in your own garden is that in our latitudes they are hardly ever attacked by pests. The reason for this is a sticky secretion that the plant excretes itself and thus keeps all possible insects away from it.
" To water:
You should water the plant regularly during the summer - preferably in the morning and in the evening. Especially when it should thrive in a particularly sunny location.
Especially in spring - until the fruits form - the plant from the rose family is also very grateful for one or the other fertilizer. If you fertilize the berries, you should always use a special berry fertilizer if possible.
Harvest Japanese grapes
You can harvest the Japanese vine berries from the second year of planting, from mid-July to early September (depending on the weather), and always when the red fruits have an intense, berry-like taste, which in the acidic range is good and a little like the green kiwi fruits remind. A well cared-for plant has a yield of approx. 3 to 4 kilograms of fruit per season.
You can eat the fruit freshly picked - watch out for thorns! You can also use the berries to make jam, juice or jelly.