[NAFEX] Grape varieties for pergola

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Feb 7 16:15:10 EST 2008

If you want speed, use something with lots of vigor, like Niagara.  
Once it's up there, you'll hate it unless you have a huge pergola as it 
will grow so much it closes the sides off and turns the space under the 
arbor into a cave.  A slower growing vine, well fed to get it up the 
arbor, will be better behaved in the long run.  I have Swenson Red on 
an 8 x 12 arbor.  It's not an excessively vigorous grape, but with good 
care it has filled the arbor in it's third season.  One more year and 
it will be a solid cover over the top.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
For even more grape lessons, go to  http://www.grapeschool.com
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On Feb 7, 2008, at 11:53 AM, Kermit M Johnson wrote:

Hi Folks,

Last year I built a Pergola with 8 foot tall posts
supporting the beams. This year I'd like to plant
some grapevines to train up the posts, so that eventually
the bunches of grapes will dangle down below the beams.
I'd like to know if there are any varieties of grapes that
would work exceptionally well in this situation, especially
considering the long trunks the vines will have to

Thanks, Kermit

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