Grapes & Kiwis

Care Guidelines
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CRIMSON SEEDLESS

This new variety of grape produces elongated, oval-shaped berries with a red skin, ripening in early October in Fresno County. The grapes are medium sized, firm, and very sweet in conical clusters. Weather permitting, the grapes can be held on the vine until late November and has become on of the most widely approved grapes by retailers in California. 

  • 150 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest from early October to late November.

  • Self-fruitful, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

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Medium-sized, light red. Crisp, sweet, excellent flavor. For fresh use or raisins. Needs hot summer. Ripens before Thompson. Vigorous. Cane or spur prune.

  • 100 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest in late August.

  • Self-fruitful, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

FLAME SEEDLESS
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PRINCESS SEEDLESS

This grape was developed in Fresno County, making it an excellent choice for home growers who are looking for a white grape.  The grapes are cylindrical, resembling the Thompson seedless, though they are typically larger.  The berries are firm and sweet with a floral or muscat taste.  

  • 100 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest in mid-August to early October. 

  • Self-fruitful, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

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RUBY SEEDLESS

This grape produces a dark red, sweet, crisp berry in very dense clusters. While it does not need as much heat as Thompson seedless grapes, it ripens after them. It was cultivated at the University of California-Davis for its use as a table grape, and it is known for its extremely large clusters. It is resistant to sunburn, though it is susceptible to powdery mildew and bunchrot. Gardeners should watch for signs of these conditions and treat accordingly.

  • 100 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest in late mid-season. 

  • Self-fruitful, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

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Black berry, used for distinctive red wines. Best quality in cooler regions. Cane or spur prune.

  • 100 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest in mid-August to late October. 

  • Self-fruitful, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

MERLOT 
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THOMPSON SEEDLESS

This grape is a the choice favorite of growers throughout California and Arizona. It produces large, cylindrical very sweet clusters of berries that ripen in mid-August. The berries appear greenish-white to gold when fully ripe and are medium-sized. It is the most widely cultivated grape in California and loved for its versatility. Though primarily used for raisins, it can be used for wine or eaten fresh. The Thompson Seedless needs plenty of heat to produce best.

  • 100 chill hour requirement.

  • Harvest in mid-August to late October. 

  • Self-fruitful, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Kiwifruit

Fuzzy Kiwifruit: Actinidia chinesis, aka A. deliciousa. Low chilling requirement, adapted to Southern CA. Tasty, well-regarded fuzzy-skinned fruit. Pollenized by Tomuri Male.

Issai Hardy KiwifruitActinidia arguta 'Issai' . Fuzzless fruit: no need to peel. Smaller than the standard kiwi, often sweeter. Very high in vitamin C. Much more winter hardy than Hayward. New growth tender to frost, but plant recovers quickly. Often sets fruit the first year. 300 hours. Self-fruitful.