Cardinal Grape

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Grape 'Cardinal' (Vitis vinifera 'Cardinal') is a vigorous vine from USA 1946 with large red-purple fruit with seeds in large conical and loose bunches. Distinctive flavour. Does well around Australia, matures early.

When dormant over winter, grape plants can usually cope with temperatures down to -15 degrees C. In early spring when new shoots are emerging, frost of -3.3 degrees C or lower for several hours can kill green shoots and flowers. Does well in light and sandy soils.

• Pollination Group: most grapes are self-pollinating so only one plant is required for fruit set. Having other grapes nearby can improve pollination success.
• Uses: eating
• Harvest: early season, early January to early February
• Features: attractive red-purple fruit, matures early, prolific fruiter, suitable for the tropics

Reference 1: Cirami, R. (1996) Tablegrapes for the home garden: A practical guide to growing tablegrapes in your garden. Winetitles, Marleston, SA.

Reference 2: Glowinski, L. (1991) The complete book of fruit growing in Australia. Lothian Publishing Company, Port Melbourne.

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