Grape Vine Market

Growing Grapes

Hi, I'm Tricia, and organic gardener. Grapes are a beautiful edible landscapeplant, as well as producing delicious fruit. Today I'm going to plant a new grapevine. If you're not ready to plant your grapesas soon as they arrive, that's ok, you can heel them in. You can either dig a shallow trench, put the grape vines in and cover the roots with soil, or you can do like I've done and put the roots in a bucket, cover them with soil and protect themwith a little bit of straw.

Grapes are tolerant of a wide variety of soils, but it is important to check with your Master Gardener or local ag extension to find out what varieties will do best in your climate. Your site selection should be in fullsun with a southern exposure, away from trees. And avoid depressions where cool air can collect. Ideally, preparation for planting yourgrapes will start the year before with a soil test and an appropriate cover crop. Grapes like moderate fertilityand a pH of about 5.5 7. In most climates you can plant grapes in late winter or early spring.

For northern climates you might want towait until a little bit later in the spring. Just dig a hole the same size as theroots and don't add any fertilizer. You don't want to get more leaves than fruit! Soak the roots of your grapevine forabout 2 to 3 hours before planting, and then you can prune off any damaged roots. But it's important to leave as much of the root system as possible. Make sure that the roots are loose andnot clumped together. The hole should be deep enough to plantthe vine to the same level it was planted before,

with a few inches of soilover the longest roots. Gently back fill the soil with thetopsoil first. And if it hasn't rained recently make sure and give your plant some water. You want to train your newly plantedlittle grapevine to grow into a big grapevine with a straight single trunk reaching the trellis. In order to do that we're going to prune this plant so that it has one straightish cane. By the second year you need some kind of a support system. This two wire support system is very common and easy to build.

To train your grapevine to grow straight upto the trellising, you may need to do a temporary supportlike bamboo and then just tie it togetherwith a little twine or some tape. These are flame grapes, so I'll betraining them to a bilateral cordon. That is I want a nice straight trunk. And then I'll choose two buds that will be trained into big, permanent branches on either side of the trunk. It's really important to tag your plants.I use these permanent zinc plant tags

its really important to know what variety you have so that you can prune appropriately. Whether you have a big vineyard or you'vejust planted a few grape vines, grapes will benefit from cover cropping. So get ready for winter pruning,and Grow Organic for Life!.

Buying Vegetable Fruit Plants Choosing Planting Grape Vines

Okay we're going to talk about how to pickout and plant a good grape vine. Just make sure it's got some new growth on it. Thisis from last year's growth. This is new growth. So it's doing pretty good. These guys youwant to plant on some sort of trellis or fence because they will grow to the height of thattrellis or fence. That's how big they get so you want to space them accordingly. Fullsun. These guys definitely want to be in full sun. When you plant them you want to dig thehole about twice the size of this pot and maybe throw a bag of top soil around it. Somekind of good black dirt will definitely help it get established faster. Just throw thedirt around it when you put it in the ground,

and you probably won't get fruit the firstyear. It usually takes a year or two to get some, to get it to actually produce some grapes.It says right here you should fertilize it in the early spring so the earlier you plantthese guys the better and fertilize them probably right when you plant it if not maybe a weekafter, and then every ten to fourteen days you want to give them some fertilizer if you'reusing a Miracle Gro product anyway. Just water them. That's the most important thing. Makesure that it's not growing away from your fence. Make sure it's right up against yourfence so it'll grow up it and you'll have a wonderful grape vine.

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