How to Plant Wine Grapes

Overview

A grape vine is beneficial for any gardener that will take advantage of the bounty of fruit harvest, and who likes an aesthetic appeal in their garden. With grapes, you can produce delicious fare like jam, wine, juice or frozen fruit bars. When planting a grapevine, make it was easy as possible by planting it next to a trellis so you can start to train it at a young age. One of the most ideal times to plant grapevines is in spring, when the ground thaws.

Step 1

Pick a planting site that is in full sun with well-drained loamy soil. If possible, choose a site on a southern slope.

Step 2

Install the trellis. Use a mallet to pound the posts about 10 to 12 inches into the ground, spacing them apart about 10 feet from each other (if you have multiple grapevines). Firmly spread the mesh wire across the front of the wooden posts, securing them with wire ties. If there's just one post for one plant, wrap the mesh around the post and secure it.

Step 3

Dig a hole 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide on one side of the stake.

Step 4

Turn the grapevine transplant's container slowly to parallel to the ground and slide the base of the grapevine out with your hand so the root ball is against your palm. If necessary, moisten the soil a little to do this. Carefully set the grapevine into the middle of the hole. Backfill it with the original soil, firmly packing it down around the base.

Step 5

Water the grapevine generously every day so it will stay soaked for about two weeks. At this time, water the grapevines only once per day depending on your region and the climate.

Things You'll Need

  • 4-foot wire mesh roll
  • Wire
  • Pliers
  • Mallet
  • 5-foot steel T-posts
  • Shovel
  • Water

References

  • University of Minnesota: Growing Grapes For Home Use
  • British Columbia: Tree Fruit Home Garden Facts
Keywords: growing grapes, grapevine care, planting wine grapes

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