Vitis labrusca Isabella (Strawberry Grape), also known as the Fragolino is a cross between the Vitis labrusca Concord (the coldest tolerant grapevine) and the Vitis vinifera.
It is the fast growing, famous strawberry tasting grape which when ripened, the skin is a dark purple and has yellow-green flesh. The vine originates from Eastern North-America.
During the summer from May-June it produces lovely pink new shoots and small yellow flowers that are sweetly scented.
When the climber is placed in a hot position against a South facing wall and receives the appropriate growing conditions, large bunches of blue-black grapes are produced. They can be as thick as 2cm and have a musky aroma but taste sweet, used to make wine.
It is a fully hardy plant that is resistant to temperatures as low as -20c.
The intended main use of this plant is to grow food for human consumption. We always recommend further research to learn the different ways in which the food source can be prepared and consumed.
|Flower||Tiny, yellow in small hanging panicles|
|Fruit||Berries in a bunch, blue, seedless, sweet|
|Position||Full sun (best to have some heat reflecting off the wall)|
|Soil type||Not fussy to soil but prefers some organic matter too (pH of 6 or more)|
|Hardiness||-15C - -20C|
|Rate of growth||COMING SOON|
|Height and spread||Fast growing, up to 1.5m a year (best to train it to a trellis, pergola or wire)|
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