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Table Grape "Muscat bleu"

"Muscat bleu" is the second of two table grape varieties that FassadenGrün recommends for walls. The grape is delicious and the resistance to fungi relatively high, so spraying is usually not necessary. Due to its dark colour, however, "Muscat bleu" is more likely to be spotted and eaten by birds than the green-yellow "Muscat Birstaler," and the harvest window is not quite as long.

>>>  Price: bare-root  /  Price: potted plant 

("Muscat bleu" or "Blauer Muskataler," Swiss variety from "Garnier 15/6" x "Seyve-Villard 20-347")

Table grape "Muscat bleu" on a wall, 10 cent piece to scale

Availability / Price

Bare-rooted from March - May; reserving a plant (from January on) is recommended due to limited annual quantity. Available all year as a potted plant (3 litre).

>>>  Price: bare-root  /  Price: potted plant

Characteristics

"Blue Muscat" is a Swiss variety bred from "Garnier 15/6" x "Seyve-Villard 20-347" and is currently one of the most popular table grape varieties for home gardens, walls, etc.. thanks to its particularly succulent fruit. It is also grown professionally for grapes and juice. It is a grapevine for sunny southeast or west facing walls, and is highly resistant to powdery and downy mildew. It can be grown on a free-standing trellis or pergola, provided it is protected from the wind. Autumn foliage is not red but yellow!

Grape Clusters

From the 2nd or 3rd year on-- large, 15 - 20 cm long, scattered branching

Berries (Grapes)

Turning blue from midsummer, ellipsoid, approx. 1.5 - 2 cm, sweet with a muscat aroma, which eventually disappears if berries are left on the vine for an extended period of time after ripening. Few pips (seeds)-- approx. 1-2 pips per berry. The thick skin provides a degree of protection against wasps and usually does not affect consumption.

Ripeness for consumption

Early, sometimes already at the end of August

NOTE

This grapevine sometimes does not produce enough buds close to the stem, which can make it difficult for beginners to prune. "Regent" is a good alternative here. 

 

The protected status of the "Blue Muscat" variety is not yet definite. This type is sometimes used for pressing and winemaking in Switzerland. 

Table grape "Muskat bleu," 10-cent-coin for size-reference