How to Replant Grape Vines


Grape vines are generally sold as bare root plants. These plants have been grown in ideal conditions, dug up and then offered for sale by garden centers, nurseries and online retailers. The key to successful grape growing is to replant these grapes vines as early as possible in the spring into fertile ground. If cared for properly, a grape vine should begin to bear fruit in the second or third year.

Step 1

Dig a hole in the desired area twice as large as the root ball of the grape vine. Trim off any broken roots on the vine.

Step 2

Spread the grape vine roots into the hole, ensuring that the roots stay unbroken.

Step 3

Backfill the hole with the removed soil, tamping it down with your hands or the back of the shovel to remove air pockets.

Step 4

Pound a tall wooden stake into the ground 6 to 8 inches away from the grape vine.

Step 5

Water the grape vines thoroughly. A good indication of adequate water is when the water no longer soaks into the ground after one minute.

Step 6

Allow the grape vine to grow. When it reaches 8 to 10 inches in height, tie the main trunk of the vine to the stake using plant tape.

Things You'll Need

  • Grape plants
  • Shovel
  • Garden shears
  • Pine bark or shavings
  • Mallet
  • Wooden Stake
  • Plant tape


  • Washington State University Extension: Grapes (PDF)
  • University of California-Davis: Propagation of Grapevines (PDF)
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