Choose a sunny or partly shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. A trellis, frame or veranda post is required for these climbing plants. Good air flow and low levels of humidity are also a bonus.
Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.
Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
Reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone every 8 weeks from spring until mid autumn to promote good soil health and keep the vine well nourished. Will need to be kept trimmed to size if growing in a container. Maintain good drainage for this sort of plant in a potted environment.
Ornamental grapes are easy to grow and hardy plants, requiring less work and fertilising than fruiting grapes. They also have fewer pest and diseases. You may have to watch out for the odd fungal disease, so spray accordingly if required with a Yates fungicide.
Plant in full sun for best colour in autumn. Best colours set in a cooler climate.
Lovely when grown as a cover over a pergola area where they provide summer shade, but let the sun through in winter.