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How Long Does It Take For A Grape Vine To Produce Fruit?

Generally speaking, a grape vine growing in your backyard could take three years to produce a good crop of viable grapes. That said, there are several factors that will determine how long it will take for your newly planted grape vine to produce fruit: plant age and size at planting time, climate, sun, soil and other environmental conditions and proper pruning and other care practices. 

Size matters...

The age of a grape vine you purchase will determine how long after planting it takes to prodeuce a good crop of fruit. Regardless of age, grape vines transplanted from a nursery pot to garden soil will spend the first year acclimating and establishing roots in their new home. 

Below is the approximate age of grape vine growing in various size nursery pots.

1 Gallon Pot - 12 to 18 months old

2 Gallon Pot - 24 to 30 months old

3 Gallon Pot - 36 to 48 months  old

So, if you plant a new grape vine in your garden that was in a 1 gallon nursery pot (12 to 18 months old) you can expect it to grow relatively quickly in the first year developing a thicker trunk and side shoots. In the second year the vine might produce a few clusters of small grapes, but there won't be a large yield of normal size sweet grapes until the third year.

Helpful Tips For Growing Healthy & Productive Grape Vines

Growing grapes that produce abundant harvests of sweet grapes is very easy when they are planted right and in the right spot and properly cared for. Here's a few basic tips with links to orther articles that provide more details.

Cultural Preferences

Sun. To produce fruit, grape vines require adequate exposure to sunlight. The more sun you give them the more abundant the harvest. Though grape vines will grow in partial shade, the vines require at least 7 hours of direct sunlight per day to produce abundant, quality sweet grapes. When growing on a trellis, plant vines facing southward if possible.

Soil. Grape vines need a well-drained soil. Constantly soggy or wet soil is problematic. A moist but well-drained soil is best.

USDA Zone. before selecting a grape vine variety to grow in your gardens make sure it is hardy in your USDA Zone, which is listed in several places on every plant page in this website. Find Your USDA Zone

Get more details on grape vine cultural preferences and planting tips

Grape Vine Care Tips

Pruning is important

Grapes develop only on the new shoots that sprout from 1 year old branches. If you have too many old branches (from no pruning), then the roots will have to supply too much foliage and you'll get fewer grapes. If you prune back your vines completely each year, then you get lots of new growth, but again, few grapes. Pruning grapes isn't that difficult once you know how, and there are several methods for training them to grow on fences, arbors, trellises and other structures that will keep the vines off the ground.

Get more details on pruning and training grapes 

Fertilizing grape vines

Grape vines will benefit from an annual application of fertilizer in spring. Soil pH is important as well. If the soil is too alkaline the vine will not be able to absorb fertilizer applied and nutrients it needs from the soil.

Grapevines prefer a moist but well-drained soil. Though vines are moderately drought tolerant, they will appreciate moisture when there are grapes on the vines, but not a constantly soggy or wet soil. 

Get more details on feeding and watering grape vines

Hope this info was helpful.

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By Shala Munroe Updated December 15, 2018

Your backyard grapevine can take up to three years to produce viable grapes, but that timeline is based on several environmental factors as well as how you care for the plant. Sunlight and well-drained soil are key to grape production, as is proper pruning. If you've neglected an older grapevine, it could stop producing until it gets some attention from you.

Basic Timing

When you plant your grapevine in the spring, it's just a small set of shoots. It can grow relatively quickly in the first year, developing a thick trunk and side canes that require training along a trellis, fence or wire system. But it's not ready to produce grapes. In the second spring, the plant is still getting established, although a few tiny bunches of grapes might appear. These are unlikely to be the lush, full bunches of grapes you want, but some might be edible. Then the third spring arrives, and with it should come a much larger yield of sweet, tasty grapes on the now-mature plant.


Pruning is one of the most important factors in grape production. Grapes develop only on new growth, which sprouts from 1-year-old wood. This is one reason why most vines don't produce grapes in their second year - the whole plant is only 1-year-old, so its main job is support instead of grapes. In the first year, prune away all sprouts coming up from the ground except the strongest one. From that one, let four main canes develop and prune off the rest. In the second year, train these canes in two levels along a trellis or fence as they get long enough, going out to each side. In the vine's second fall, prune off about 70 percent of the plant, leaving just the main trunk and canes. The canes will be a year old in the spring, which means they can sprout the necessary growth to develop grapes.


Without the necessary sunlight, grapes won't develop properly, regardless of the vine's age. Grapevines can grow in partial shade, but they are unlikely to produce much fruit unless they get a significant amount of sun - up to seven or eight hours per day. This is also why neglected vines don't produce many grapes. The upper level of leaves often shades lower levels, keeping the leaves from absorbing the necessary sunlight to help the plant develop fruit. Once grapes appear, sun helps them develop more sweetness.


Grapevines require well-draining soil to keep the root system healthy. Without strong roots, the vine can't develop fruit. Grapevines prefer loamy soil, but they can survive in denser soils as long as the grade allows it to drain properly.


Tiny bunches of grapes often appear in late spring as the blooms begin to disappear. In Mediterranean climates that tend to have cooler spring weather, the grapes might not ripen until mid to late summer, sometimes into early fall. Grapes usually develop their color and size long before they are ripe, so you can't use your eyes to tell you when the grapes are ready. Instead, give them a taste. Pop off a grape from a few bunches scattered around the vine and taste them for sweetness. Once the grapes reach the taste you like, it's time to harvest them. Grapes don't continue to ripen and become sweeter after they are picked, so you must leave them on the vine until they reach the proper level of ripeness. Each year can be different, so don't use the previous year's harvest date by default. For example, one summer might be sunny with little cloud cover, while the next is overcast nearly every day. Because grapes need sun to ripen properly, it takes longer in years with more cloudy days.


  • National Gardening Association: How to Prune Grape Vines
  • University of California Garden Web: Growing Grapes in Your Backyard
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Grapes for Home Use
  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting

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Based outside Atlanta, Ga., Shala Munroe has been writing and copy editing since 1995. Beginning her career at newspapers such as the "Marietta Daily Journal" and the "Atlanta Business Chronicle," she most recently worked in communications and management for several nonprofit organizations before purchasing a flower shop in 2006. She earned a BA in communications from Jacksonville State University.

Jaboticaba - tropical exotic in room culture.

Description, cultivation, care. Photo — Botanichka

Jaboticaba (or Jaboticaba) is a grape tree traditional in every Brazilian farm or household, like real perennial vine bushes in peasant estates in warm regions of Russia and the CIS. In the south of Russia, in rural-type estates with winter gardens, greenhouses, jaboticaba is a welcome tree. Surprising in appearance due to the unusual arrangement of flowers and fruits, it will successfully decorate and “feed” the delicious fruits of the owners, who have shown patience and love for unusual plants.

Jaboticaba, or Jaboticaba (Myrciaria caulifloria). © Pedro Bezerra

Origin and distribution area

Jaboticaba comes from the southern regions of Brazil, belongs to the myrtle family. Among taxonomists it is known as Mirtiaria stem-flowered or stem-flowered. In plant taxonomy - Myrciaria caulifloria . Jaboticaba is grown on an industrial scale in the Americas (in Bolivia, Northern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Cuba). Also known as Jaboticaba .

Biological characteristics

Jaboticaba belongs to the ornamental-deciduous group of evergreen woody plants 3-12 m tall, forming edible berries. The biological feature of Jaboticaba is very slow growth. Therefore, they are suitable for container growing in the form of a small tree or bonsai in an apartment or other type of enclosed space (container garden, office seating area, greenhouse). If you plant a seedling, you will have to wait 10-14 years for the harvest. In recent years, thanks to the work of breeders, jaboticaba hybrids have been bred, which form a crop at 4-6 years of age.

The bark of the tree is pinkish with gray spots. The crown of the Jaboticaba is sprawling, but small in volume, since the leaves, flowers and fruits of this unusual tree are located on perennial shoots, stems, and skeletal branches. The arrangement of flowers and fruits directly on the skeletal branches of the crown and trunk is called caulifloria.

The crown of the tree in spring is covered with elegant oval-lanceolate small elongated leaves of a pleasant pink color, accompanied by a delicate aroma of myrtle. Over time, the pink hue of the leaves of the Jaboticaba is replaced by a rich dark green. Gradually falling off in winter, the tree in the spring from the buds in the same place forms new young leaves.

Jaboticaba, or Jaboticaba, or Brazilian grape tree during flowering. © Mariana Soares

Small solitary flowers, which bloom several times a year directly on the trunk and skeletal branches of the tree, give the tree a fabulous elegance. Jaboticaba flowers of 4 perianth petals carefully surround about 60 stamens on 4 mm filaments. Due to the abundance of flowers, the surface of the trunk and branches is practically invisible, and after a few days small rounded fruitlets appear, similar to moles.

The fruits are sessile, nestled tightly against a stem or branch. The color is different - green, red, light and dark purple or black. The fruit is a juicy berry of an elliptical shape up to 4 cm, covered on top with a dense skin. Inside there are 2-5 large seeds, for which the berry is officially called a drupe. Ripe berries are dark purple or black in color.

Jaboticaba is harvested selectively as it matures. The skin has a bitter taste due to the high tannin content. Therefore, only the squeezed pulp of the berry is used for food. It is jelly-like, sweetish, very tender, reminiscent of the taste of grapes. Berries ripen 3-4 weeks, and the tree lays a new crop.

Benefits of Jaboticaba

The fruits are kept fresh for a maximum of 3 days, after which the vinous fermentation begins. Therefore, Jaboticaba is most often used to make wine and other low-alcohol drinks. In addition to fresh use, jam, juices, marmalade are prepared from berries, they are used as additives in ice cream and other culinary delights. The fruits are used in the recipe of sauces for meat dishes. The peel is separated from the contents of the berry, dried and used as a dye to give a deep red color to processed berries (wine, jam and others).

Jaboticaba is not just a decorative decoration of the interior of a room, a food product, it also has a number of medicinal properties. In folk medicine, a decoction of fresh or dried fruits is used to treat chronic inflammation of the tonsils, indigestion, and reduce the severity of asthmatic diseases. Officially conducted scientific studies have shown that the fruits contain organic substances that have the ability to protect the human body from the formation of malignant cells. In this regard, it is useful to use the fruits of jaboticaba in food as a prophylactic anti-cancer agent. Be careful when using fresh and processed! Fruits have certain allergenic properties and are individually intolerant products. Be especially careful when eating berries with skins that contain certain toxins.

Jaboticaba cultivation at home

Jaboticaba can be grown outdoors in the southern frost-free regions. In areas, even with short-term slight frosts, it does not survive. But given its decorative effect, small trees are increasingly appearing in enclosed spaces, winter gardens, greenhouses, and recreation areas of public institutions. Agrotechnics in terms of complexity of care does not differ from other crops of the tropical area.

Jaboticaba, or Jaboticaba in a pot. © Wigert's Bonsai

Jaboticaba environmental requirements

For home breeding, it is best to buy 2-3 grafted hybrid seedlings. 1-3 years of age. If they take root and begin to develop well, you can leave 1, and give the rest to friends. Hybrids bloom for 4-6 years, and begin to systematically form fruits, decorating the interior of the apartment and introducing a delicate aroma of myrtle notes into the air. Like many other tropical crops, jaboticaba needs partial shade for normal growth and development, and only in the morning and evening hours in a small amount of direct sunlight.

Soil and planting

When growing Jaboticaba indoors, the soil mixture is prepared on the basis of peat, forest and leaf soil, humus and sand. All ingredients for the mixture are taken in 2, and peat, humus and sand in 1 part. The pH of the soil mixture should be neutral or slightly acidic (5. 5-6.0).

  • The purchased seedling is immersed for 4-5 hours in root solution,
  • prepare dishes with good drainage (a layer of at least 5 cm of large shards and crushed stone). Fall asleep with a slide of 1/3 container capacity with soil mixture,
  • examining a seedling. If necessary, trim the roots by 1/3,
  • the prepared seedling is placed in a container and completely covered with soil mixture. Gently compress the soil around the trunk. Planting is carried out so that the root neck is at the level of the soil. After planting, water the plant along the edge of the container. Drain excess water from the pan after 20-30 minutes.
Jaboticaba, or Jaboticaba in a pot. © Matt

Jaboticaba is transplanted as needed, more often with a large growth of the root system in a small pot or container of a different shape. A healthy plant tolerates root pruning painlessly. Adult plants are not transplanted, but only change the top layer of the soil mixture to a new one.

Jaboticaba watering

Overdrying the soil has a negative effect on plant growth and development. Each subsequent watering is carried out when the upper 1-3 cm layer of the soil mixture is dried. The watered soil is mulched. Stagnation of water in the pan is not allowed. Water for irrigation is used warm, dechlorinated.

Fertilizer and top dressing

The systematic application of a complete or complex mineral fertilizer for ornamental and flower crops accelerates the slow growth and development of plants. Top dressing is applied once a month for watering at the rate of 10-30 g of fertilizer per plant, depending on age. Fertilize plants during the spring-summer season. By autumn, the doses of dressings are reduced. In winter, plants do not feed. In summer, foliar fertilizing with microelements is carried out with the obligatory content of iron chelates (to avoid chlorosis).

Jaboticaba crown formation

Jaboticaba in the upper part of the crown forms a large number of heavy perennial branches. Branches under their own weight can break off and damage neighboring shoots. To avoid damage and lighten the crown, the upper branches can be cut periodically, while removing thickened and dry shoots. Jaboticaba bears fruit better and more abundantly with a slightly sparse crown. Plant pruning is easily tolerated. Spend it before the growth of shoots (in early spring). Pruning in order to adjust the crown has practically no effect on the yield of the tree.

Jaboticaba fruits on young branches. © Nancy Sirois

Diseases and Pests of Jaboticaba

Jaboticaba can be damaged by aphids and spider mites. If the appearance of pests is noticed during the time, then it is easy to remove them with a warm shower, having previously covered the soil in the container with a film. If time is lost, plants can be treated with preparations, but in no case chemical, but biological. These preparations are made on the basis of various types of beneficial microorganisms or metabolites of their activity. These include fitoverm, avertin, spark-bio, lepidocid, akarin and others. Prepare solutions and carry out spraying strictly according to the recommendations set out on the packaging or accompanying. Biological products are good because they do not harm the human body and already 48 hours after application, the fruits can be eaten.

If you decide to add jaboticaba to your holiday area, follow all the requirements of these exotic plants for cultivation and care. Plants are capricious and at the slightest deviation from agrotechnical requirements (lack or excess of watering, top dressing, lighting, temperature, etc.) can die immediately.

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  • What factors affect fruiting
  • Subtleties of care
  • The most interesting varieties
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    • Aleshenkin
    • Arkady
  • After the grape bushes are planted, many gardeners are asked for the first year, for which grapes are given the first crop. In most cases, 4 years pass from the moment of planting to fruiting. In practice, the situation is somewhat different, since much depends on care, on the climate of the region where the culture grows. If you ask how many years grapes live, the answer varies from 60 to 170 years.

    The time of the beginning of fruiting in shrubs

    The period of fruit formation largely depends on which agricultural technique is chosen. On an industrial scale, it will be possible to harvest the first crop after 4 years. For these purposes, the following varieties are most often planted:

    • Veles,
    • Long,
    • Isabella,
    • Kishmish,
    • Muscat summer,
    • Noble.

    Large areas are allocated for vineyards, and therefore the formation of shrubs occurs in such a way that later you do not have to spend a lot of time caring for vines and at the same time get the maximum amount of harvest. Therefore, for the first 3 years, formative pruning is carried out, only a couple of main vines remain on the shrubs.

    During the formation of grapes, they will not bear fruit. But such agrotechnics makes it possible to perfectly strengthen cultural plantings and give large yields in the future. In addition, shrubs formed in a similar way will not need to be watered often, and this is a certain convenience for industrial production.

    Fruit-bearing vine

    Important! If the grapes bear fruit in the first years, then the bush noticeably weakens. To increase resistance to various diseases, it is recommended to pick the first flowers.

    What year does grapes bear fruit after planting? This happens 4 years after the plant takes root. As soon as the first roots form on the cutting, you can start counting the time. However, there are a number of factors that contribute to the acceleration or delay of the moment of fruit collection.

    You can find seedlings of different age groups from sellers. To get the first harvest in the shortest possible time, it is recommended to purchase three-year-old shrubs. In this case, the grapes will give the first harvest already in the current season, and there will be no need to remove extra brushes.

    If grape cuttings are planted in a permanent place in February, then the first bunches of the crop are obtained in the 2nd year.

    What factors affect fruiting

    Grapes weep after pruning what to do

    Harvest grape varieties are undemanding to soil quality, but they do not tolerate waterlogged and too salty soils. Even if you do not carry out certain care, the fruitfulness of shrubs will not go anywhere, but the berries will be small in size, and the ripening period will noticeably increase.

    When grapes begin to bear fruit after planting and what factors influence this:

    • quality of planting material;
    • landing site;
    • regional location of vineyards;
    • landing time;
    • number of irrigations;
    • fertilization;
    • shrub formation;
    • diseases and pests.

    Care details

    How long does a vine live? The term depends on the care of the shrubs. An excess amount of water leads to numerous growths, and there is no longer enough strength to form fruits. If the vines do not ripen, then in winter the buds will freeze. Insufficient watering also negatively affects the well-being of the grapes, and therefore it is recommended to observe moderation.

    Grape seedling

    How to take care of the arborvitae after planting

    Various fertilizers can be applied during watering. Most often, mineral and organic top dressings are used. Organics are added every 3 years, as well as phosphorus and potassium. In the spring months, they are limited to compost, and with the onset of autumn, manure is introduced.

    Important! In the spring, it is recommended to feed the grapes before the winter shelters are removed from the shrubs.

    For plant health during the growing season, top dressing is applied three times:

    • the first time in the spring months before flowering begins;
    • a second time, so that the ovaries are well formed before the formation of flowers;
    • a third time before the fruits begin to ripen.

    Overview of the most interesting varieties

    Some grape varieties deserve special attention due to the fruiting period.


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    This variety is suitable for growing both experienced gardeners and beginners. Due to the early ripening of clusters and frost resistance, people involved in viticulture in the Siberian and Ural zones prefer Augustine.

    One bunch can weigh 0.4 - 1 kg. The berries are not tightly pressed against each other despite their size. One grape can weigh approximately 8 g and have a diameter of up to 2.8 cm. The skin is white or yellowish.

    Note! Grapevine can live from 60 to 80 years.

    When do grapes give their first harvest? You can get ripe fruits from adult shrubs for 117 days. If you leave one inflorescence on each shoot, then the ripening period of the berries is reduced by 10 days.



    Gardeners who are interested in growing grapes in the conditions of the Moscow region should pay attention to this particular variety. Aleshenkin is an unpretentious grape, it is easy to grow, while getting a high quality crop. The advantages include the following features:

    • getting early abundant harvests;
    • amazing taste of grapes;
    • seeds are very few in berries;
    • cuttings root perfectly;
    • harvest ripens even if the weather conditions are unfavorable.


    The second name of this variety is Nastya. If you provide shrubs with proper care, you can get high yields. The berries on the vines are large and have a pleasant aroma of nutmeg. The peculiarities of the variety include excellent adaptation to various climatic zones, and sharp temperature changes do not harm the culture.


    The positive aspects of Arcadia are the following features: