How to Support Grapevines

Overview

Grapes, a woody perennial vine, thrive for several seasons with the proper care and support. Grown in home gardens around the country, grapevines provide fruit to eat and add beauty to the landscaping. Support grapevines with a trellis to hold up the vine. This allows for ease of maintenance and for the sun to reach the entire vine during the growing season.

Step 1

Dig a 2-foot-deep hole every 20 to 30 feet along the grapevine row using the hole digger. Place an 8-foot line post in each hole.

Step 2

Backfill the removed soil around the post. Tightly compact the soil to hold the post securely in place.

Step 3

Dig another hole 3 to 4 feet deep at the end of each row at an angle away from the line post. This is for an end post, which anchors the line post and supports the wires holding the grapevines. Place an 8-foot end post in each hole and backfill it.

Step 4

Insert the earth anchor into the ground, angled towards the end post. Attach the 9-gauge brace wire from the top of the end post to the earth anchor.

Step 5

Attach the 12.5 gauge wire to the top of the end post with staples and a hammer. Run the wire the length of the row, attaching it to each of the line posts with staples.

Step 6

Connect a second 12.5 gauge wire 3 feet above the ground. Run this wire from end post to end post for each row, attaching it to each line post with staples.

Step 7

Place stakes next to each grapevine at the time of planting for added support until the vine reaches the bottom wire. Tie the grapevine to the lower wire and then the upper wire as it grows.

Things You'll Need

  • Hole digger
  • End posts (8-foot length, 5 to6-inch diameter)
  • Line posts (8-foot length, 3 to 4-inch diameter)
  • Shovel
  • Earth anchors (40 inches with 4- to 6-inch helix)
  • Wire, No. 9 and No. 12.5
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Staples, 1 ¾ or 2 inches
  • Stakes
  • Ties

References

  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Grapes for Home Use
  • Iowa State University Extension: Constructing a Vineyard Trellis
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension: Growing Grapes in Indiana

Who Can Help

  • New Mexico State University: Growing Grapes in New Mexico
  • University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: Growing Grapes
  • Ohio State University: Growing Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.