How to Plant Grape Seedlings


Grapevines are a favorite of gardeners for their elegant look and luscious fruit. Once established, grapevines can grow 10 or more feet long and produce fruit for years. If you can find a protected area of your garden, plant seedlings in the same area where your final vines will be located. This reduces the stress on the plant and increases your chance of success.

Step 1

Choose the right location in your yard. Find an area with 8 hours or more of sunlight per day, well-drained soil and plenty of room for your vines to grow vertically and horizontally.

Step 2

Prepare the soil. Use your shovel to mix in 50 percent perlite with the original soil.

Step 3

Dig a hole as deep as the container the grape seedlings are in and wide enough to spread the root system without bending any roots.

Step 4

Place the seedling in the center of the hole and cover the roots with dirt. Don't bury the roots too deeply.

Step 5

Water immediately. After planting, soak the soil with an open hose. Continue to water your plants every one to three days without allowing standing water to accumulate.

Step 6

Place a plastic sheet (2 feet by 2 feet) on the ground where each seedling is planted. This will help keep the soil warm and moist while allowing sunlight to penetrate.

Step 7

Cut a small hole in the center of each sheet. The hole should be big enough to fit over the top of the seedling but small enough to be as close to the base as possible.

Step 8

Bury the corners of the plastic sheet beneath the ground. Several shovels of dirt will securely hold the corners in place.

Step 9

Remove plastic when vines reach 1 foot in height. Replace with a layer of organic mulch 2 to 3 inches thick.

Tips and Warnings

  • It may take several years for your plants to grow large enough to produce fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Perlite
  • Clear plastic sheeting


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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. She is a featured poet on NYC public radio, is the winner of the San Jacinto & Alethean Literary Societies' Poetry Award, and has authored three collections of poetry including "cold days," "bastante" and "short poems." She earned a B.A. in philosophy from Southwestern University.