The Concord grape, has its name from Concord, Massachusetts, is a marble sized fruit that fills you entire mouth with a burst of robust sweetness! Growing this grape yourself is possible, but is does take some planing.
Prevent disappointment, choose your variety with care
The Concord variety is just one of many cultivars grown in the flower and fruit gardens around the country.
An abundance of choices
And there are many, so it is important to check out what outcome you're after. If you only want their decorative appearance go for an easy sweet variety. If home made wine is your intention the Concord is a good choice, but do check local conditions to see where the optimum lies.
Considerations for table use
The choices are many. Grapes are green, red, purple, or black. Some have seeds; some do not. Some do separate easily from the fruit (slip-skin) and some do not. Some are best for table use, some are best preserved in jellies or jams, some are grown especially for wine making, and some (like the Concord Grape) are multi-purpose.
Planting and tendingOne thing all grapes have in common is the way they grow. Plant in early spring after the frost leaves the ground in thoroughly tilled, weeded, and composted soil. Pre-conditioning of the soil makes it rich in organic matter, yet provides good drainage.
Keep the beds clean and tidy
You want the plant to have the maximum space to grow. So keep the space where you keep your Grape Vines clean of weeds and other plants.
Prune shoots back to the third or fourth leaf after the fruits. Remove any new growth. Also remove all leaves from around growing clusters to get maximum sun.
Grapes change color long before they are ripe. To avoid picking clusters before they reach their peak, taste the them first. If they aren't ripe, wait for them to develop. Some fruits improve after they have been harvested, grapes don't.
This introduction provides the basics of grape growing but when you are really serious about the matter knowledge is power. Mistakes you make when starting out with this hobby become visible after years of tending your plant. It's a hard truth that the most important choices need to be made when your experience is still limited
Growing the Concord Grape for table use or even to make your own
wine is not as difficult as it may seem. Ofcourse you need a lot of
sun or a Pergola facing the south but once in place you'll love this