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Grape – Mars

Grape – Mars

The Mars Grape, Vitis ‘Mars’, is a seedless, blue table grape with average sized, well-filled clusters. The Mars grape is a vigorous growing selection that has been shown to have good resistance to common grape diseases. The berries are slipskin, having a tough skin that separates readily from the pulpy flesh. Its clusters are medium sized, cylindrical, and well filled. Mars has a Concord-like flavor and are great for fresh eating. The vine is vigorous, bears early in age if allowed, and cold hardy. Versatile and fast growing, a grapevine can bear in just 2 years. One of the most resistant grapes to black rot and mildews. This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Grapes are primarily grown for fruit production in home fruit gardens where they provide good ornamental value: bold summer foliage, showy fruit, some fall color and shaggy, twisted trunking and branching often best seen in winter. Grapes need a good support system like fences, walls, trellises, arbors or other structures. The grape vines can be quite attractive year-round and can provide good cover, screening, or shade to areas around the home. Grapes need full sunlight and high temperatures to ripen, so plant on southern slopes, the south side of windbreaks, or the south sides of buildings. Birds love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share. *Blue Seedless Grape *Vigorous Grower *Cold Hardy and Disease Resistant

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