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Grape Arkadia
Grape Arkadia. Picture; Lubera

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.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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