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Blue Champini Grape

Pot, 6-12" BCGR_6-12 $11.20
Pot, 12-18" SCBE_12-18 $12.20

This wild hybrid blue grape from Texas is hybridized with Concord (Worden) known for its delicious juice and disease resistance. Unlike other grapes, this one is grown from seed which captures the more wild nature and rather dense flavor of a wild flavor perfect for juice and jelly.

These seedlings have proven hardy in southwestern Michigan.  This is a T. V. Munson cross done at a time when 'research' meant traveling thousands of miles by horse and railroad to get to the germplasm.  Surprisingly the seedlings show a very uniform leaf pattern and structure similar to its wild counterpart the sand grape of Texas, Vitis champanii.   Plants show excellent vigor with thick leaves with no disease issues so far. It can be grown in Georgia and Texas and other areas of high heat. This is the species that is often wild collected for its 'zingy' berries as a kind of wild grape with larger fruit. It is one of the few plants able to grow in the cracks of rocks and stand incredible heat and drought in the hill country of Texas.  All wild grapes have been cultivated to some extent throughout the world. It was probably one of the first cultivated plants. 

It is the quantity of grapes that makes selections like this possible not the size of the grape. The 'skin' is the key on the grapes resistance to disease and insect problems. Smaller appears better in this case. 

Note: This type of grape often sprouts from the crown for a year or two before really developing a solid stem.  The plant may not look alive when you get it, but it is.  You can do a scratch test on the bark and it will be green underneath. If some winter damage occurs the first year, be patient. By the second year the hardiness will increase with the diameter of the canes. 

 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Vitis champinii X Worden
Seed Source Georgia -Texas
Hardiness -15 F
Height (ft) 25
Width (ft) 1-3
Pollination Requirements Self fertile as far as we know.
Soil Dry sand, loam but not clay.
Climate Zone 6-10
Ease of Cultivation Super easy to grow and fruit. One of the most drought tolerant selections available. Selections could easily be made from this strain for juice and insect and disease resistance.