How to Transplant Grapevines


Grapevines are commonly found growing in lawns and gardens alike. Grapevines are not only grown for their fruit they produce, but also for their beauty. Almost nothing is more beautiful then an outdoor arbor covered in lush, green grapevines. Generally, grapevines need to be planted in a spacious area where they will be able to grow without interruptions. Some gardeners underestimate the size to which these vines are able to grow, and plant them in a small area which means transplanting.

Step 1

Select a new section for the grapevine to be planted. Ensure the new planting area receives full sun for most of the day, and contains well drained soil.

Step 2

Transplant the grapevine in early spring before the grapevine begins to bud with new leaves and growth.

Step 3

Use sharp pruning shears to cut back the vine. Try to not cut much of the vine back, just enough to free it from the support structure, and to where you can easily handle it.

Step 4

Dig up the grapevines using an elongated spade shovel. This shovel will help ensure you reach the deepest roots of the vine.

Step 5

Dig a new planting hole that is twice as deep at the root ball of the grapevine, and twice as wide.

Step 6

Place the grape vine into the planting hole and fill around the root ball with fresh soil, slightly compacting the soil as you fill the hole.

Step 7

Water the freshly planted grapevine with water until the planting soil is damp at least 6 to 8 inches down. The soil will need to stay this moist for a couple weeks or until the grapevine has time to root in its new home.

Step 8

Provide the grapevine with a new support structure, so when the vines begin to grow they will not fall onto the ground. Lay any long vines that are already on the grapevine, onto the support structure; this will help train the vine to begin climbing the new support structure.

Things You'll Need

  • Elongated spade shovel
  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Water
  • Support structure


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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.