How to Grow New Grape Vines From Roots


Grapes are one of the most versatile fruits you can grow. You can eat them fresh or use them to make jellies, jams, grape juice or wine. The vines are also quite attractive when incorporated into landscaping. Many gardeners are intimidated by the idea of growing new grape vines, but if you choose a variety that adjusts well to the climate in your area, it isn't that difficult. You can start grape vines from seeds, but it is a very slow process so most gardeners choose to grow their new grape vines from roots.

Step 1

Place the grape vine roots into a container to soak for two to three hours.

Step 2

Dig a planting hole that is a fraction larger than the size of the grape vine's root system. Place the plant into the hole at the same depth as it was growing in the planting container. Gently spread the roots out and replace the soil carefully, patting it down as you go to remove air pockets.

Step 3

Water until the soil is well-moistened, but not waterlogged. Continue to water whenever there is less than an inch of rainfall each week during the growing season.

Step 4

Prune the largest cane back until only two or three buds remain. Cut off all other canes.

Step 5

Place a stake that is 5- to 6-feet tall into the ground behind the new planting and use plant ties to attach the vine to the stake as it grows.

Tips and Warnings

  • Remove weeds promptly as they will deprive the newly developing vine of nutrients.

Things You'll Need

  • Grape vine roots
  • Container
  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • 5- to 6-foot stake
  • Plant ties


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Grapes for Home Use
  • Iowa State University Extension: Planting Grapes
  • Oregon State University Extension: Growing Grapes in Your Home Garden
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.