Vitis labrusca 'Worden'

Status: Out of stock

Product ID#: gword
Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy
Flower Color Green, White
Fruit Color Black, Blue
Mature Plant Size (H x W) varies
Plant Worden Grape for its juicy, sweet, and tart taste. Worden produces a large blue-black, sweet fruit. Its skin has a regular thickness and texture, and it is a good choice for table use, juice, jams, and jellies. Practically immune to insects and disease. If you live in the Midwest, this is the grape to plant as it is cold hardy to - 40 degrees! NOTE: #1 bare root size is around 6" tall and wide. *Does not ship to Idaho or Oregon*
  • sunshade Sun
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): varies
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Attracts Bees
  • Attracts Birds
  • Walnut Toxicity Resistant
  • Edible to People
  • Attracts Butterflies
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Bare Root Worden Grapes

  • It needs morning sun and afternoon shade.
  • They have a rapid growth rate.
  • This plant may need winter protection.
  • This grape tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage.
  • Grapevines need some type of support or they will trail along the ground. The support can be an arbor covering a patio for shade, or can be as simple as a post in the ground to support the trunk of the vine.
  • Grapevines can also be grown along an existing fence. Virtually any type of support structure will do, provided it is sturdy. Grape vines grow quickly and get quite heavy.
Opening Plant Material
  • Cut open the bundle (top and roots) and separate all the plants. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification.
  • Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out.
  • All bare root plants must be trimmed when planted.
  • You can plant bare root grapes in April and May.
  • It’s recommended to soak roots in water overnight before planting if possible.
  • Dig a broad and deep hole so roots t comfortably.
  • Place plant in hole so top of grape stem is at ground level.
  • Back fill with soil spreading out roots and covering the top of the grape stem.
  • Cut tops to 4-6" in length. So you only have a short stub emerging from the ground.
Pruning - After Planting
  • Cut tops to only be 4-6” off of the ground after backfilling with soil. See our handling guide for an illustration.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Prune in spring before leaves emerge (March). Vines can be trained to many decorative forms.
  • Year One: Depending on the size of the vine that you buy, prune the vine back to one straight cane. Tie this cane to a stake or to the fence and encourage it to grow straight. You might have to tie it multiple times during the first year to keep it straight.
  • After Year One: Once the trunk has reached as high as you want, and the lateral trunks have been formed, prune the vine each spring before growth begins so the developing canes have enough air movement around them to reduce diseases.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as oft en as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.


Shipping Dates by Region*


Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th


Shipping Dates by Season*


Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November


Due to unpredictable weather, these times may vary. Some varieties are exceptions due to heat and plant health reasons. Enter your shipping zip code at the top of this page and be sure to check the shipping information on each product before you add it to your cart. If the product is too large or restricted in your state, you will not be able to checkout with that item in your cart.