Question for the experts here. I am wanting to try growing grapes for the first time. I am strictly looking for table grapes that are seedless because I am growing them for my young children. Any recommendations for table grapes in the Dallas Texas area?
My favorites in order of ripening are: Flame, Summer Royal, Princess, and Crimson. But in the Dallas area these will require some to a lot of spraying.
For more disease resistance: Reliance, Glenora, and Canadice. I haven’t grown the new releases out of Univ of Arkansas but in your area I’d try Joy, Faith, Gratitude, and Hope if my memory still works. The kids will like them all.
According to Tom LeRoy, Agrilife fruit specialist, Victoria Red is mostly seedless. Most will have no seeds but occasionally the grape will have two seeds. It is the only table grape that is suppose to be resistant to pierces disease.
To add another consideration here, if children are too young to spit out seeds, they are still too young to eat all but the tiniest grapes whole. Grapes present a major choking hazard to young children, and need to be cut into safe sized pieces before they eat them. Unlike soft, starchy foods, they will retain their shape without softening or dissolving if they block the airway, a characteristic which increases their riskiness, along with their smooth curvature that lets them easily slip down unintended.
They are yummy and refreshing treats, but do need to be served with caution. If you have to cut them, it doesn’t take that much more time to pop out the few seeds that are in the seeded ones.
Having young children, you were likely to already be well aware of this, but I’d be remiss if I failed to mention it in case someone didn’t already know.
Hey Muddy yes I was aware of the dangers grapes pose my wife made sure I knew! great post with great info. My oldest two kids are able to eat grapes whole now and they have grown used to store bought seedless grapes and I’ll bet that is what they would want to stick with but we do still cut up the grapes for my youngest so maybe I could get one seeded and one seedless variety. Are there any seedless muscadines?
I believe Fry and Fry Seedless are different varieties. See Ison’s catalog.
Bob, Keep us updated on the Fry Seedless… rare for 3 reasons. It is a red muscadine. It is supposed to be among the most cold hardy muscadines. And it’s seedless! I’ve been thinking of planting it (along with the Ison variety).
It does look like a hybrid, the combination of small size and seedless. But the leaf should make all clear, it would be hard for a hybrid to have exactly the same leaf/stem/etc habit as a pure muscadine.
I’m not sure how I missed that guy, I have gone through various lists many times. I think it was not on any of the most recommended lists. See for example
After looking at your link I’m pretty sure Fry is the first seedless muscadine. This information has me wondering if there are some other varieties that I don’t know about. I have room for one more and I want to try one of these. We have 9am tennis this morning and after that I’m going to see what google turns up. Thanks, Bill
Not yet, but that was because my vine was mostly growing on the ground, so I just covered it in woodchips. This year, it has actually made it up to the trellis, as well as having a lot on the ground. I’ll probably cover the stuff on the ground and see if the part on the trellis makes it.