How to Grow Crimson Red Grapevines

Overview

Crimson Red grapevines produce large, ruby red clusters of fruit. Their deep color is coupled with a sweet taste perfect for afternoon snacks or decadent desserts. Also used for wine, this grape variety is one of the most popular in the world. It can be grown from soft or hardwood cuttings but takes several years to reach fruit-bearing maturity. For a quick start to growing Crimson Red grapevines, purchase a young plant from a local nursery.

Step 1

Find the ideal location to plant your young grapevine. Crimson Red grapes do best in eight or more hours of sunlight a day and well-draining soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole as deep as the container and twice as wide.

Step 3

Place your grapevine in the center of the hole and cover the roots with 1 to 2 inches of original soil. Be careful not to bury the roots too deeply or they will not receive adequate nutrients.

Step 4

Eliminate air pockets by firmly stamping on the ground around the base of the plant.

Step 5

Deeply water your grapevine with an open hose. Continue to water your vine every one to three days until roots are fully established. Mature grapevines need regular watering during periods of low rainfall.

Step 6

Spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of high quality mulch around the base of your Crimson Red grapevine to aid in soil moisture retention and prevent weeds.

Step 7

Bury a wooden stake 6 inches below ground a few inches from the base of your vine. Take care not to break any newly formed roots.

Step 8

Tie your grapevine to the stake to encourage upward growth. As your grapevine gets larger, adjust the ties accordingly.

Step 9

Prune your grapevine by removing any dead or dying leaves throughout the year. During colder months, prune any lower shoots or leaves that may emerge and allow growth only on the uppermost part of the vine. This will shape your vine into a tree and provide maximum fruit production.

Tips and Warnings

  • It may take several years for your plants to grow large enough to produce fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Young grapevine
  • Wooden stake
  • Twist ties
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Shovel
  • Sand or gravel
  • Pruning shears

References

  • The Plant Whiz: Growing Grapes
  • Ohio State University: Growing Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting
  • University of Minnesota: Growing Grapes for Home Use
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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.