Grow Grapes Hydroponically
Grapes is one of my favorite fruits. And because of this, I am trying to grow grapes hydroponically. This is the latest addition in our backyard garden!
Grapes are excellent sources of manganese and good sources of vitamin B6, thiamin (vitamin B1), potassium, and vitamin C. In addition, grapes contain flavonoids: phytochemicals that are antioxidant compounds.
Today, Grapes can be grown in the Philippines. This has been proven in Arevalo, Iloilo, La Union and Cebu (where they have been growing grapes since 1950). There are many varieties that we can grow here. Grapes like loose, deep soil with a ph lower than 5, so the application of lime helps. It is also good to put decomposed leaves around the plant to conserve the soil moisture. Grapes like terrain that is somewhat sloping so as not to lodge water and hurt the roots.
Grapes need plenty of sunshine (not shade) and good circulation of air to avoid the onset of disease. Within ten (10) to 12 months after planting, grapes are ready for harvest. Harvest is done three times a year — September, December, and Summer. In the first year, a hectare of land planted to grapes can yield about 1,700 kilos per hectare. In the third and fourth years 10,000 kilos per hectare can be harvested. Grape is most productive from its third to eighth year. (Source: Pinoy-Entrepreneur)
What to Prepare
Of course, you need grape plants from the market, buckets and chicken wire! You also need water and nutrient solution and then you are ready to grow grapes hydroponically. I am giving all the credits to my father who did all the work! The beauty of this again, is that you are just going to plant and forget. I put the grapes at the back of my greenhouse and they’re looking good already. Healthy and hopefully will give us fruits by the end of the year!
I just bought like four plants because my husband told me that it will consume a lot of space. But I pointed out that the chicken wire will serve its purpose. I will let it crawl all over it and cut somewhere after several months so it will stop growing. Isn’t it? Even now, I am still not sure! LOL! So I did my research!
How to Maintain Grapes in a Container
Allow your vine to grow freely until the first frost (of course there’s no frost here in the Philippines). This gives it time to establish a good root system. After this, prune the new growth way back so that only two buds remain. Buds are little pimple-like protrusions on the trunk. The pruning may seem drastic, but in the spring each of these buds will grow into a new branch.
Grapevines take some time and effort before payoff, and container grown grapes are no different. You won’t actually see any grapes until the second full year of growth. The first year is for training the vine to follow your trellis with tying and pruning.
Due to the size restrictions of a container, you should keep only one or two branches growing from your central trunk. Also, prune away any runners that creep away from the trellis. Especially with limited roots, a smaller vine makes for higher quality grapes. (Source: Gardening Know How)
So watch out what will happen to my grapes, I will definitely update you. And maybe let you see my first harvest? I am definitely looking forward to it! If you want to try it too, just don’t be so impatient, we will get to harvest time right? Please follow MyKmag & our official FB page, MyKmagazine! Thanks for reading!