How to Grow Cuttings From a Grape Vine


Hardwood grapevine cuttings root quickly, making them an ideal choice for grapevine propagation. Take hardwood cuttings from a healthy, mature grapevine when the plant is dormant. An ideal time to take a cutting is after pruning the vineyard. No more than two cuttings should be taken from a cane, and don't use a cane tip. According to the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the New Mexico State University, it's not necessary to treat the cutting with a rooting hormone.

Step 1

Wipe the blades of the gardening shears with rubbing alcohol to sanitize and prevent the spread of plant disease. Do this between each cut.

Step 2

Cut a piece of cane that is five or six buds long. Make a slanting cut at the top of the cutting and a straight cut at the bottom (the end closest to the soil) of the cutting.

Step 3

Wrap the cuttings in moist peat moss and wrap in plastic. Store the package in the refrigerator until spring.

Step 4

Select a sunny location to plant the cuttings, with well-draining soil enriched with compost or well-rotted manure.

Step 5

Soak the cuttings in water for several hours prior to planting.

Step 6

Plant the cuttings, flat side down, leaving 2 to 3 inches of the cutting above the soil line. Space the cuttings 6-inches apart in rows. Space the rows between 2 to 4 feet apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towel
  • Peat moss
  • Plastic bag


  • AgriLife Extension: Grape Disorders
  • New Mexico State University: Vineyard Propagation from Cuttings
  • Oregon State University: Growing Grapes in Your Home Garden
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.