Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Grape Vines for Cold Climates

 août 8In the North, where short summers and cold winters are the norm, gardeners who want to grow grapes have to choose the grape cultivars with care. The European grape (Vitis vinifera), renowned for its large sweet fruits, rarely does well there: it is slow to mature and easily damaged by cold. Various North American and Siberian grape species are much hardier, but give small, sour fruits that are essentially inedible. The usual compromise is therefore to grow hybrid grapes resulting from crosses between the two groups. The best hybrid grapes are sweet and tasty and some even approach European grapes in size.

Here are a few cultivars that will be of interest to Northern gardeners.

Green Grapes

 ‘Delisle’, zone 4

‘Edelweiss’, zone 4

‘Eona’, zone 3

‘Kay Gray’ zone 4

‘Polar Green Seedless’, zone 4

‘Quebec Muscat’, zone 4

‘Seyval’, zone 4

‘St-Pépin’, zone 4

‘Swenson White’, zone 3-4

‘Vandal-Cliche’ zone 3


Blue Grapes

‘6447’, zone 5

‘Beta’, zone 2

‘Big Blue’, zone 4

‘Concord’, zone 5

‘Early Blue’, zone 3-4

‘Fredonia’, zone 3

‘Frontenac’, zone 3-4

‘Magenta’, zone 4

‘Maréchal Foch’, zone 3

‘Mars Seedless’, zone 4

‘Minnesota 78’, zone 3

‘Montreal Blue’, zone 4

‘New York Muscat’, zone 4

‘Sovereign Coronation’, zone 4

‘Troll’, zone 5

‘Valiant’, zone 3

‘St-Croix’, zone 3


Red Grapes

‘Canadice Seedless’, zone 4

‘Pink Pearl’, zone 4

‘Petits Joyaux’, zone 4

‘Reliance’, zone 3-4

‘Somerset Seedless’ zone 4

‘Swenson Red’, zone 3-4

‘Tuscany Red’, zone 2-3

‘Vanessa Seedless’, zone 4

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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