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Vitis spp. (VIE-tis)
HABIT: Fast-growing climber for trellis or overhead structure. Needs support to get started.
CULTURE: Any well-drained soil, low water and fertilization requirements.
USES: Good for quickly cooling a hot spot in summer. Eating grapes and wine.
PROBLEMS: Grasshoppers, caterpillars, Pierce’s disease on ‘Concord’ and ‘Thompson Seedless.’ Try to buy other varieties such as Mustang and Mortensen.
HABIT: Some grape vines can get out of hand by growing so fast. Keep them out of trees. Native worldwide. The native ‘Wild Mustang’ is great for jams and jellies.