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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 11.1.2002 edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890132829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890132828
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great how-to book. The only reference you need if you want to raise a few grape vines."--Rocky Mountain News



"It would be difficult to find a book covering any aspect of growing grapes that is not included here."--Gardening Newsletter



"Packed with useful information, this book benefits from the author's personalized writing style. Immensely enjoyable."--Choice Magazine

About the Author

Lon Rombough is a well-known garden writer, nurseryman, and fruit grower. He has more than thirty-five years experience growing grapes and maintains hundreds of varieties in his small vineyard. A prominent member of North American Fruit Explorers, or NAFEX, he lives in western Oregon. You can visit Lon's website at Bunchgrapes.com.

Customer Reviews

If you are growing grapes or want to, buy this book!
Geoff Earl
Very accurate and informative about everything you need to know to successfully grow grapes.
Thinklikeanengineer
This is a very well written and easy read book on growing all types of grapes.
Kay Bales

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By PuzzleGal on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a practical guide that's a lot of fun to read. I read it cover-to-cover within a week. The focus is mostly on bunch table grapes and wine grapes, but there is some information on muscadines and grapes for cooking, juice, and raisins. The information on available cultivars is great. Hundreds of cultivars are described, along with their vigour, hardiness, disease susceptibility, and other useful info. The material on grape breeding is fascinating.
Although It's billed as a book on organic growing, the set of lists of organic options is probably the weakest material. We are in the midst of an explosion of organic methods. Rombough tries to be up-to-date, but that means including stuff that's too new to have a track record, and that he hasn't personally used. Also, despite his efforts, there will be yet newer stuff next year that isn't in this book.
On the other hand, his material on cultivation and pruning is excellent and timeless.  I've read about 8 sets of instructions about "how to prune grapes" and every other one says "do it this way".  That didn't work for me, because I wanted to train my vine over an ornamental arch.  This book says "here's the main goal, here are other goals you might have, and here's what you do to meet those various goals.  Now I know what I ought to in any situation, including my unusual one.
I also know that I may run into trouble because my growing area is too small, but at least I understand the issues, and should be able to make the best of what I have.
I recommend this book to the backyard grower, the small farmer, the aspiring grape breeder, and anyone who enjoys good horticultural books.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Glenn R. Young on April 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
Rombough's text covers growing grapes very thoroughly. It is admittedly biased toward an organic approach, but does not omit comments for non-organic growers. The book is well organized and readable. Rombough presents interesting tidbits, anecdotes and views in shaded boxes, allowing the more experienced grower to skip around. The material is also organized so that a methodical reading results in a solid grounding in organic viticulture. Also included are rudiments for breeding grapes and a list of suppliers for materials mentioned in the text. As mentioned by another reviewer, this text is an especially welcoms addition for the non-California grower. For anyone wanting to do more than plant a single grapevine, this book is an excellent reference and will prove to be a benchmark for some time.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Downs on January 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Finding a grape growing book that is not geared toward the conditions in California is a difficult thing to do but this book does just that. You will find information on growing grapes in those conditions for sure but also for growing in colder climates as well as the difficult conditions in the Southeastern US. The book talks at length about growing organicaly but doesn't preach. Even if you are not an organic grower there will be a lot of useful information to be found. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in growing grapes whether it is 1 vine or 10,000.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Teghtmeyer on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book provides a detailed explanation to the intricate science of growing grapes organically. The author utilizes many illustrations, photos, tables and graphs to enhance text descriptions of concepts. Organic growers have a harder time warding off insects, diseases, weeds, and mammals effectively. This book describes the theory as well as the integrated pest management techniques, making the reader a better all-around viticulturist. In addition, chapters describe many grape species and cultivars, propagating techniques, grafting methods, and grapevine physiology. I highly recommend this book for both organic and conventional grape growers.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Earl on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have a small backyard vineyard, and have read five books on growing grapes, "The Grape Grower" is the sixth. It has been more helpful than the others combined. If you are growing grapes or want to, buy this book! It is worth far more than its price. It is fun to read and a wonderful book.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Michel White on March 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book contains absolutely everything you need to know about growing grapes, and is the best value for your dollar on the market today.

Lon is a great writer, a great person and his passion for grape growing is evident in this long-awaited masterpiece.

I own many grape growing books as the author of grapeseek.com but if I need to look up something about how to start cuttings or refresh myself on pruning, THIS is this book that I refer to...It's as simple as that!

You can purchase twenty books on grape growing but you only need this one, no matter if you have one vine or an entire vineyard.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "lostman_amiga" on March 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am new to fruit growing in general. A lot of books seems to have either very little information or to much for me to handle (mostly because it is geared toward commercial production) This one seemed to be easy to understand and complete.
There is also plenty of information on organic methodology with an long list of products complete with how they work and where to get them. The resource section with web and email information alone would help even the general fruit grower.
I will be recommending this one to my friends!
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