How to Start Grapevines


Grapevines can add old-fashioned charm to the landscape, and they're especially practical in rocky or sandy areas where nothing else will grow. If you have time and patience, grapevines can be trained to form a lovely arbor that will provide shade and privacy to your garden. Grapevines grow fairly quickly, but if you're growing the vines for wine, jam or jelly, be patient. It will be a few years before they produce fruit.

Step 1

Purchase some grapevine plants from a good greenhouse or nursery in early spring. Soak the grapevines in a bucket of water for 6 to 8 hours or wrap them in wet burlap or a gunnysack.

Step 2

Dig a large hole to give the grapevine plenty of room to grow. The hole should be 2 to 3 feet deep and a bit wider than the vine's root system. If you're planting more than one grapevine, leave at least 6 feet of growing space between each one.

Step 3

Shovel a small amount of soil back into the hole and form it into a small hill. Place the grapevine over the hill and manually spread the roots evenly around the hill, then refill the soil. The root system should be entirely covered in soil.

Step 4

Water the grapevine deeply after you plant it. Grapevines need a lot of water while they're getting established, so water them often during the first year.

Step 5

Place a trellis or bamboo poles around the grapevine as soon as it grows to about 6 inches. Train the grapevine to grow on the supports. Check the vine often and adjust the growing direction, if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Grapevine plants
  • Bucket or water, wet burlap or a gunnysack
  • Garden hose
  • Trellis or bamboo poles


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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.