color: Dark blue-black
Harvest time: Early fall
Size: 10-20' long vines
Uses: Fruit makes excellent wine, juice,
jelly and jam. Grapes are also an excellent natural food source
for birds. Vines need support from a trellis or fence.
Hardiness: Zones 3-8
Frontenac is an excellent red-wine grape developed by the University
of Minnesota. The small, dark-blue berries are loosely space
on medium to large clusters. The fruit holds well and berry
splitting and bunch rot are rare, even in wet years. Frontenac
is a very winter-hardy grape that doesn’t need its vines
protected over the winter. It can survive temperatures of
-30 degrees or lower with little to no winter injury. The
fruit matures in a short growing season, so it's a perfect
variety for northern gardens. Frontenac has vigorous growth
and good resistance to downy and powdery mildew. Self pollinating. Winter hardy to Zone 3.
What you'll receive:
Grade #1, 2-year-old plants and shipped bareroot
(no soil or pot) and dormant (no foliage). Learn more about
Shipping: $0-$75=$12.00, $75.01-$125=$15, $125.01-$200=$20, >$200=10% of total. Shipped UPS Ground in
spring from early April through mid May.
Grapes need a well-drained soil, full sun and lots of heat.
Avoid planting in low spots that are prone to late spring
frosts, since grapes leaf out late in spring. Be sure to give
it a support to climb on right away or soon after it's planted.
And don’t pick the grapes before they’re fully
ripe or you’ll miss out on the best flavor. Watch for
the fruit to turn a darker color and then taste test. Birds
love grapes, so be sure to plant some to share.
More information about growing grapes is available on the
following Web sites:
What's a "bareroot" plant?
is a term that describes how a plant is shipped to you. A
bareroot plant is not in a pot, and is usually dormant (not
actively growing). See the photo to the right that shows what
a bareroot rose looks like. The bareroot plants that we ship
to you were harvested in the fall and placed in cold storage
over the winter to keep them dormant. In the spring, we ship
the bareroot plants to our customers, from early April through
Bareroot plants are easy to grow. We include planting instructions
with your order. When you receive your plant, take it out
of the packing material and place it in a bucket of water
so that the roots are completely covered. Let the roots soak
for 4 to 24 hours, then plant it in your garden. Full planting
instructions with photos are available on our planting