Lubera’s Arkadia brings grape growing in reach of everyone
There’s an air of the exotic when it comes to growing grapes – and a reputation for being difficult which puts most gardeners off.
I tried to grow a vine in the greenhouse, but my measly plant fell victim to disease.
However, Lubera has Grosso Arkadia, a fungus-resistant, hardy and easy-to-cultivate table grape, suitable for planting against a wall on trellises and stakes, or even in a pot.
Arkadia produces white, giant clusters of grapes that weigh up to 1.3 kg, the largest of all table grapes.
With a very high resistance to fungal diseases, Arkadia produces a strong yield in September of beautifully shaped, sweet and aromatic fruit.
- Ripeness/harvest period: September.
- Final height: 4-5m.
- Final width: 2-3m.
- Availability: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November.
- Autumn colour: shades of yellow.
- Sweetness: sweet and aromatic.
- Use for: containers, South and West-facing walls.
- Hardiness: hardy.
- Soil: dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic.
- Location: full sun.
- Flower colour: white.
- Leaf colour: green.
Each vine costs £17.40 on a bamboo stake in a three-litre container, for more information, visit www.lubera.com.