Worden Grape

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Grape 'Worden' (Vitis)
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The Worden Grape is a Concord seedling that has proven to be one of the most dependable Eastern labrusca varieties in Minnesota. It is not only more winter hardy than its parent, but it also has earlier ripening. The fruit resembles Concord except that its berries are more pointed, and Worden's flavor is more subdued. These grapes are a blue-black color and are sweet and make wonderful table grapes.

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.


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Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos on Worden Grapes

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • Rapid growth. Matures to be around 10-20 feet high and 2-10 feet wide.
  • Needs morning sun and afternoon shade.
  • Early bloomer
  • Bears fruit mid and early season.
  • Works in jams, jellies and juices. Also, delicious to eat as it is sweet.
  • Self-pollinating and fruitful
  • Heavy bearer and medium size.
  • Deer & rabbit resistant
  • Each vine needs about 6 feet of space.
  • Prune in spring before leaves emerge (March). Vines can be trained to many decorative forms.
  • The first two or three years, each early spring, apply compost around the base of the vines. Grape vines grow vigorously and might need a nutrient boost each year. You may not have to do this as the vines mature; it all depends on your observation.
  • Unlike many other plants, it is best not to mulch around the base of your vine as the mulch can keep the soil too cool. Grapevine roots like to be warm.
  • You can plant bare root grapes in April and May. 

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ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-8

Color: Blue, Green
Plant Size: 10-20 feet high and 2-10 wide
Fruit: Blue & Black
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: No
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: Yes
Edible: Yes
Native: No

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