How to Grow Himrod Grape Vines


The himrod grape is a deciduous vine that can remain productive for 50 years or more. It's a fast-growing vine with grapes that turn yellow when ripe and are ideal for snacking or for making into wine. Himrod grapes typically are harvested in August or September.

Step 1

Prepare the soil by raking to a depth of 3 inches and then adding equal parts sand and topsoil to the existing dirt. The sand is to provide the drainage that grape vines like; the topsoil will provide nutrients the grape vines need. Rake again to a smooth, level surface and use the surplus mixture of dirt, topsoil and sand for elsewhere in the garden, or for containers.

Step 2

Dig holes 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide for each grape vine cutting or bareroot planting. Fill the rest of the hole with topsoil and pat down with your hands until firm.

Step 3

Water thoroughly and keep the ground moist, but not soggy. Overwatering is as bad as underwatering, as it may result in root rot.

Step 4

Fertilize every few months with organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion or steer mature. Water after each feeding; the only way the himrod grape vines can absorb the fertilizer, through their roots, is if it's been dissolved.

Step 5

Prune the grape vines at the end of each growing season. Remove old branches back to the trunk to open up the interior of the plant, allowing more sunlight in and increasing air circulation, which can minimize the risk of plant disease. Shape the rest of the plant as desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Himrod grape vine plants
  • Topsoil
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Clippers


  • Backyard Gardener: Himrod Grape
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Grapes for Home Use
Keywords: growing grape vines, himrod grapes, how to grow grapes

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