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Pixie® Cabernet Franc Grape

Available Spring 2018

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Description

Aromatic and spicy. Choice “blending grape” in wine production for its low tannins and acids. Cabernet Franc is one of three major varieties grown in the Bordeaux region of France, discovered in the late 18th century. In this dwarf version of its popular parent, get miniature clusters of deep-blue grapes on dwarf vines in as little as 12 weeks! Upright growth habit. Can thrive in northern climates and relatively poor soils. Requires winter protection if grown in a container. Cold-hardy. Ripens in August/September. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August-september
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 5.8
Taste Sweet, Tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Wanted a wine grape that would survive in Montana
Kevin V on May 15, 2017
This a must have for any grape lover, small but productive...A real conversation piece.
MoBe on Apr 30, 2016
Wanted a wine grape that would survive in Montana
Kevin V on May 15, 2017
I ordered this grape because it would be in a flowerpot and I could bring it in the house and get the grapes instead of letting the birds eat them
Mary C on Feb 1, 2017
This a must have for any grape lover, small but productive...A real conversation piece.
MoBe on Apr 30, 2016
I have several Razmatazz muscadine grapes in pots right now but really curious about the pixie grapes and like the fact that it is a different color and sweet yet tart flavor combination than what I have right now.
Joshua M on Apr 15, 2016
I ordered this grape because it would be in a flowerpot and I could bring it in the house and get the grapes instead of letting the birds eat them
Mary C on Feb 1, 2017
I have several Razmatazz muscadine grapes in pots right now but really curious about the pixie grapes and like the fact that it is a different color and sweet yet tart flavor combination than what I have right now.
Joshua M on Apr 15, 2016
How can you tell when the cabaret franc grape is ready to pick?
Barb F on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The color of the stems and grape seeds: When ripe they will be brown and the seeds will be easy to chew. The fruit will alsol plump up as sugars increase, and they will be easy to pull from a cluster. Ripe grapes are sweet, with no hint of bitterness in the flesh or seeds. Experienced winemakers will look for the ultimate ???varietal??? flavors to show through, if this is your intended use for the grapes.
I live in zone 6b will my pixie grape winter in a clay pot ?
Kitty M on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your Pixie grape will do fine if you just bring it into an unheated garage or shed for the winter. Be sure to give it a good drink of water first if the soil is dry to the touch.
I moved my pores pixie grape indoors for the winter. I have been following directions for water and fertilizing, but have still lost all my leaves. Will they come back in the spring? My mother in law did the same and hers still have plenty of leaves.
Karen B on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you try a scratch test: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-to-do-a-scratch-test If that test determines they are no longer living, and in need of replacement, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. They'd be happy to help. It's very likely the vine lost its leaves due to the stress of "the move." if it passes the scratch test, it should come back in the spring.

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