Pixie™ Riesling Grape

Vitis vinifera 'VDG001' PP #26,122; CPBR #5174

A diminutive and delicious wine grape from the first line of dwarf grapevines. The low maintenance, very compact vine produces a bounty of sweet, white Riesling grapes backed by lush, light green foliage. Enjoy fresh off the vine, year-after-year, from the start. Perfect for an urban patio vineyard or container garden. Deciduous.
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Botanical PronunciationVee-tiss vih-NIFF-er-ah
LoreDating 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 MaturityCompact growth reaches only 18 to 24 in. tall, spreading 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous blooms in spring; fruit ripens mid- to late summer.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Sustainable
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Poor Soils, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsBlackberry (Rubus); Allium (Allium); Lavender (Lavandula); Oregano (Origanum); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); 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, hardy to Zone 3 when established.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8

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