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Grape, Mars

Grape, Mars

Vitis labrusca 'Mars'

8-12 inch at sale, bare root

Sourced from VT


Large blue seedlesss. Hardy. Similar to Concord. 


Self fertile - can reproduce with one plant, but planting two or more is preferred. Will also pollinate others. 

  • Description

    Hardy to -20F or better. A disease resistant blue to purple seedless, slip skin grape. Berries are large on medium sized clusters. Great for fresh eating, market sales, juice and jelly. Quite a vigorous vines. Best grown on hi wire. Selected by U. of Arkansas. This grapevine produces medium size clusters with a slip skin. These grapes grow very well in hot summers. One of the most disease resistant bunch grapes available. Flavor is similar to Concord and very sweet. Ripens about 4 weeks before the Concord grapevine.

    Pollination: Pollinated by wind and insects. They can self pollinate but yield will increase with multiple plants or variety of plants. 

    Care: Grapes prefer a bit of an acidic soil, between 5.5 and 6.5. They need a location with full sun. You may get a harvest in a couple of years, but you can expect to wait up to 4.  See the Resources below for additional information related to cultivating grapes. 


    Fruit Color: Blue
    Fruit Size: Medium-Large
    Ripens/Harvest: August
    pH: 5.5 - 6.5
    Years to Bear: 2-4 Yrs
    Zone Range: 5 - 8
    Plant Spacing: 6-8 ft
  • Resources

    Growing grapes in the home garden, University of Minnesota Extension


    Protecting Grapevines from Winter Injury by Skinkis and Olmstead


    Growing Grapes in Maine, Univeristy of Maine Cooperative Extension


    Northern Grape Growing, University of Vermont Extension

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