How to Plant & Cut From Oregon Wine Grapes


Growing Oregon wine grapes in your home garden provides you with fresh fruit you can use for wine, jellies and jams. The vines take several years to grow from the time you plant them, until the first crop. It typically takes about five or six years for the best fruit to grow. Oregon wine grapes need sun and well-draining soil to thrive. You can start as many vines as you want with cuttings from other grapes.

Step 1

Cut pieces of the Oregon wine grape for planting. Make them each 8 inches in length.

Step 2

Pluck off leaves from the cuttings. Make sure each piece has two to three buds. Make the cut at a 45-degree angle just above the top bud. This promotes budding and root growth.

Step 3

Fill a bucket with water. Put the cuttings in the water to keep them moist until the wine grape cuttings are ready to plant.

Step 4

Fill a plant pot with equal amounts of sand and peat moss. The components will improve drainage and retain moisture when you are growing the grape vines.

Step 5

Add water to the mixture in the container to moisten it. Combine the water and substances together well to ensure you moisten all of the peat moss. Make sure there are no dry pockets.

Step 6

Make holes in the planting container with your fingers. They should be spaced 2 inches from each other. Make the holes just big enough for the base of the Oregon wine grape cuttings.

Step 7

Press the base of each cutting into the soil and press the soil around it to keep it secure. The buds should be pointing toward the sky to ensure that you have them planted correctly. Grape vines root well without a rooting hormone.

Step 8

Put the plant pot in a location that gets some sun for at least four hours daily. Six hours is ideal. It should be 50 to 75 degrees F.

Step 9

Keep the soil mixture moist. The cuttings need the moisture to develop roots. Do not, however, give them too much water or they could develop root rot.

Step 10

Expect the cuttings to grow several leaves over the next eight weeks. Take them from the pot once they are consistently growing.

Step 11

Transplant each individual Oregon wine grape vine into its own plant pot. Fill around the plants with potting soil.

Step 12

Touch the soil regularly to make sure it's consistently moist. Give it water if needed.

Step 13

Transplant the Oregon wine grapes into the ground after one year of growth. Make the move in early spring and make sure it's a sunny spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Oregon wine grape vines
  • Pruning shears
  • Plant pot
  • Peat moss and sand mixture
  • Water
  • Potting soil
  • Shovel


  • Washington State University: Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees, and Vines with Stem Cuttings
  • Oregon State University Extension: Growing Grapes in your Home Garden
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