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How to Grow a Grape Vine From a Seed

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Overview

If you've ever looked at a seed from a grape you purchased in the supermarket and wondered if you could grow you own grape vine from it, the answer is a qualified "Yes!" The answer is qualified for a couple of reasons. First, not all grape seeds will sprout and grow, and there's no way to tell if a seed will sprout until after you have planted it. The second problem with growing grape vines from seeds is genetic diversification. In other words, just because you plant a seed from a fantastic concord grape that does not mean the vine grown from that seed will produce grapes exactly like the one that produced the seed.

Step 1

Collect several grape seeds from fresh grapes. Wash the seeds and lay them out on a paper towel.

Step 2

Dampen a handful of peat moss and wrap the seeds in the damp peat. Place the damp peat with seeds inside a plastic baggie and seal it. Place the baggie in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator and leave it there for 90 days.

Step 3

Remove the baggie from your refrigerator after 90 days. Place the still-damp seeds into potting soil in growing pots and cover them with 1/4 inch of soil. Keep them damp but not soggy and place them in a sunny and warm location. The growing pots should be kept at a relatively even temperature (between 70 and 75 degrees F). Do not let them get below 60 degrees F at night. Use a heating pad if necessary to keep the growing pots warm at night.

Step 4

Be patient. Seeds will begin to germinate within 21 days. Do not expect all seeds to germinate.

Step 5

Move your seedling to a larger pot filled with potting soil once the sprout is approximately 2 inches high. Do not break the delicate root of the seedling when repotting.

Step 6

Plant your young grape vines outside in a sunny area with well-drained soil after one year. Keep the soil moist but not soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Grape seeds
  • Peat moss
  • Water
  • Plastic baggie
  • Refrigerator
  • Growing pots

References

  • My Grape Vine: Growing Grapes From Seeds
Keywords: grow grape seed, start grape seed, sprouting grape seeds

About this Author

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.