Worden Grape


  • V.riparia X V. labrusca (a Concord seedling).
  • Deep purple to black skin with bloom. All purpose.
  • Non-slipskin. Sweet-tart.
  • Self pollenizing
  • Cold hardy to zone 4 at least

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V.riparia X V. labrusca (a Concord seedling). Deep purple to black skin with bloom. All purpose. Non-slipskin. Sweet-tart.Worden is an interspecific hybrid between Vitis labrusca and V. vinifera. It is an open pollinated 'Concord'. Planted from seed in 1863 by Schuyler Worden in Oswego County, New York. J.A. Place of Oswego, a friend of Worden and a local horticulturist, named the grape after its originator. Entered in the American Pomological Society Catalog in 1881. Heirloom variety. Fruit - The grapes are large and dark purple to black with a heavy bluish bloom. Skin is of moderate thickness, and clings rather tightly to the flesh. This astringent skin yields a dark red color, whereas the flesh is a transluscent green. Juicy and slightly to moderately foxy in flavor with a nice mix of sweetness and tartness. Good for table use, juice and jelly. Ripens in September and does not store particularly well. Vine - Vigorous and proumbant (sprawling) vine which often produces a loarge amount of bunches per shoot, often up to four. Thinning is thus recommended. These are large, wide and tapering clusters with a single shoulder. The bunch is compact. In wet years the fruit can crack. Suggested as cold hardy to -40 F. Wine - Not commonly used as a wine grape. Management - Rarely bothered by disease or insects here in Walden. It does have typical susceptibility to anthracnose along with most varieties. Mulching the surrounding soil may help in helping alleviate this cultivar's tendency to crack in wetter years by absorbing and slowly releasing heavy rains. .

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Tree Pruning
Proper pruning ensures a healthier tree, improves fruit size and increases fruit yield. Fruit trees should be pruned during winter dormancy. We’ll prune individual trees or an entire orchard.

We offer services for those who would like assistance in planting and/or maintaining trees and help with everything from staking trees to trellising grapes and berries. We will show you the proper procedures for caring for your home orchard or do the maintenance for you.

Custom Grafting
In addition to grafting the fruit trees we sell, we also offer custom grafting services. We can graft a hard to find cultivar, a reproduction from your own tree, or we can graft onto an existing tree on your property. New trees can be sent right away or grown a year here.

We do site visits, help with soil and other tests, and planning. Included are written plans for the implementation and day to day operations of your future of existing plantings. Fees vary according to the extent of the operation. Contact us for further info.

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