Pixie™ Pinot Meunier Purple Grape
Vitis vinifera 'VDG004' PP #26,178; CPBR #5177
Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||Vee-tiss vih-NIFF-er-ah|
|Lore||Dating back to the end of the 18th century, Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grapes in the world. Originally developed for research, the original Pixie grape is a natural dwarf grapevine derived from Pinot Meunier using tissue culture. These dwarf grapevines tend to have short internodes and prefer to grow flowers instead of tendrils. Because they reach only 1 to two feet in height and produce smaller (4 inches, on average) clusters, they are easy to cultivate in greenhouses and grow year-round. The Pixie grape was developed by grape rootstock breeder Dr. Peter Cousins of the USDA ARS in Geneva, New York, in collaboration with the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Plant Transformation Facility at the University of California, Davis.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Compact growth reaches only 18 to 24 in. tall, spreading 12 in. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage.|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Sustainable|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Mass Planting, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Gift Plant, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Poor Soils, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.|
|Companion Plants||Blackberry (Rubus); Allium (Allium); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Oregano (Origanum); Geranium (Pelargonium)|
Easily grown in humus-rich, well-drained, evenly moist soil. Fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks until mid-summer with an all-purpose organic food. Provide a trellis to support climbing stems. In Zone 5 and colder, overwinter container plants in a cool protected location. Planted in the ground, may be hardy to Zone 3 when established.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9