Position – This vine is a climber, so support it on a pergola, trellis or sturdy fence to allow it space to grow. It does best in full sun and warm, dry conditions.
Size – Because it is a climber, this vine will generally follow the course and size of the structure on which it grows.
Soil Type – Plant your vine in well-draining soil that is deep enough to allow the roots to grow down a few metres. A neutral to slightly alkaline soil pH is ideal.
Mulch – Ronelle grapes thrive with organic mulch like pine needles, straw or woodchips. This keeps the ground below it moist and staves off weeds.
Watering – This vine needs only a moderate amount of water and is hardy enough to grow in hot, dry conditions. Be careful not to overwater your vine.
Fertilising – The vine tends to be able to absorb the nutrients it needs quite well. However, if your soil is not in good shape, a standard all-round fertiliser applied once a year may be beneficial.
Pruning – Prune your Ronelle vine hard in winter, cutting off all vines that have already produced grapes as well as any that are over two years of age.
Harvesting – You will know that your grapes are ready to harvest when they are sweet and juicy.