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I know next to nothing about growing grapes, so the title is my only tip.
I've always wanted to grow grapes, but I felt there was no suitable place on my property for an arbor. And too, I was leery about going to the expense of having an arbor built while not knowing how to grow grapes.
Then I saw a picture of a grape vine being grown as a standard. I regret that I can no longer find that particular picture. There was one main trunk about six feet tall. At the top were so many large clusters of grapes, there were few grape leaves to be seen. It was almost unbelievable and it was beautiful. The picture here will give you a vague idea. https://tinyurl.com/n8dxv3y
I decided to give it a try.
I bought five different grape vines, reduced from about eight dollars to about a dollar. The vines never really did well. The only good to come from the purchase was that I learned how to root cuttings. I can root green or hard wood all day long.
No, they did not do well. As a matter of fact, last year not a single grape vine bore a single grape. I was ready to pull up all the vines and throw them away. Then today, I spotted something that changed my mind.
The vines that did bear a few grapes set those grapes in late summer. Today, April 02, I noticed that two of my vines are covered in tiny grape clusters. Why so early? I set out to find out why. I googled early bearing grape vines.
The Thompson Seedless is one of the earliest to bear. One of the vines I bought was a Thompson Seedless. And two, it was among those I took cuttings from and rooted. In the four or five years I've had these vines, apparently the Thompson was one of those that never bore fruit. Payday is here.
Nowhere have I read how long it takes for a young vine or cutting to bear fruit. From my own experience, I would say about five years. My tip again, if you like grapes, don't have room for an arbor, and do have patience; consider growing them in a container. Cuttings must be shaded during the rooting process, but established plants require full sun, all day.
I'm gonna have grapes, Y'all!
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This year's crop was especially delicious and I was able to harvest a lot of grapes before the birds got to them. I shared them with friends and neighbors.
I would like to take cuttings of the vines and propagate the vines for myself and anyone who is interested. Would you please help me with tips on how this can be done?
By Cheryl from Washington, DC
If you choose, you can get very technical about rooting grape cuttings. A simple approach works well for me. After the vine has entered dormancy and lost all its leaves in late Fall to early Winter, take a long hardwood cane and cut it into six to eight inch pieces. Ideally, each piece will have a node at the bottom, and the stem will have two or more nodes. Bury these cuttings vertically to half their height near the base of the parent plant and hope for the best. Obviously, you will want to make sure the upper end of the cuttings are in the up position.
The picture below shows the results I obtained from using this method. In early January, I cut a cane into six pieces and buried them in a bundle beside the parent plant. In late March, I noticed buds forming on the cuttings. By mid April, leaves had formed. In early May, I lifted the cuttings. Two were dead and four had developed healthy roots. I potted the rooted cuttings and they are thriving.
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My 30 year old grape vine kinda propagated itself. A couple of years ago I noticed that the parent vine was laying atop the soil and was pulled down to the soil. I wanted it to go up the trellis so I tried to pull it up. I found that it was firmly affixed to the soil. I have heard of people pegging a vine onto the soil. They leave it there until it roots and then they cut it above the new roots. Unfortunately this can take a year or more.
I propagate all hardwoods, grapes included, by cutting a piece about 8 inches, dip it in rooting hormone and then put it in a plastic bottle with a couple of inches of water and just let it sit in a shady spot. Within a few weeks you can see roots forming. I give away what I do not want to use. I get cuttings from neighbors and friends. I think it is the fastest and surest way to multiply your plants. I have never had a failure with this method and people will give you all the cuttings you want in spring when they prune their trees. My latest batch of cuttings was from a fig. I had 8 cuttings and all have their first roots. They will soon be ready for planting.